Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

October, 2009

  • Brian Keller

    Using a download manager to quickly download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2


    10/21 Update: These instructions now include public links to the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 ISO’s.

    The instructions in this blog post are meant to accompany 10-4 Episode 33: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. Please view that video for additional context, including a step-by-step walkthrough for installing Visual Studio 2010 beta 2.

    I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.

    Note that the ISO’s for Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Ultimate are are multi-part RAR files. After you download these files run the first file in each set (the EXE) and it will extract the ISO file for you.

    1. Download and install Free Download Manager. This utility provides:
      • Auto-resume support for interrupted downloads.
      • Multiple simultaneous download streams for (usually) a much faster download experience.
      • As the name implies, it's completely free.
    2. Select the following list of URL’s and copy (CTRL+C) them to your clipboard. You can select all files at the same time.
    3. Launch the user interface for Free Download Manager (either from the Start Menu or via the system tray icon if FDM is already running).
    4. Click File -> Import -> Import List of URLs from Clipboard.
    5. When prompted for a download group, accept the default ("Other") and click OK.
    6. You are now free to minimize Free Download Manager while the files download. By default, they will be saved to c:\downloads.
    Remember to watch 10-4 Episode 33: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 for additional instructions on how to install these files.

    Download links for other Visual Studio 2010 SKU’s (e.g. Express, Agents, etc.) can be found here.

  • Brian Keller

    Get ready to “go live” with Team Foundation Server 2010 beta 2!


    Beta 2 of Team Foundation Server 2010 is going to be available very soon NOW! - unfortunately that’s all that the marketing team will let me tell you right now. :-) But the best news is that beta 2 of Team Foundation Server 2010 will have a “go live” license, meaning that you can use it for your day-to-day application building (unlike beta 1 which was limited to just evaluation, tire kicking, learning the new features, etc.). There will also be some (limited) support available to help you adopt beta 2. We are ramping up our product support teams now to help you take advantage of this option. More details later on what “go live” means exactly and how we’ll be helping your organization take advantage of it… More details on the Beta 2 "go live" can be found here.

    But in preparation for beta 2, there are some things that you can be doing now in order to take advantage of the release as soon as it’s available for download. The Team Foundation Server product team has put together some great guidance which can give you a checklist of things to do as you prepare to take advantage of beta 2. This guidance is available as an overview in a PowerPoint deck, or in greater detail in the Word document. I’ve uploaded both of them for you to check out.

    These documents are somewhat rough (our professional writers were hard at work on the product documentation for beta 2!) but they should give you a good framework with which to begin having discussions within your organization about adopting Team Foundation Server 2010 beta 2.

    Was this helpful? Is there more that we can be doing to help you get ready? I would love to hear from you (either via my blog comments, or you can email me directly).

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