Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

August, 2012

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    Radio TFS: The one with Brian Keller


    This morning I had the pleasure of being hosted on Radio TFS to talk about a few of my favorite new features of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012. We talked about capturing stakeholder feedback, exploratory testing, lab management, and more!

    You can catch the whole show here. Don’t forget to subscribe to Radio TFS for a ton of great new content in each show. And thanks to Greg, Martin, Mickey and Paul for hosting me this morning – it was a lot of fun.

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    Important Note: The Visual Studio 2010 ALM Virtual Machine is Expiring Soon


    The Visual Studio 2010 ALM Virtual Machine will stop working on September 10, 2012 and will not be updated. If you are still using that virtual machine, please upgrade to the Visual Studio Visual Studio 2012 RTM ALM virtual machine. The 2012 version is based on final RTM software and includes all of the sample data and hands-on-labs / demo scripts which were available in the 2010 ALM virtual machine.

    The good news is that 2012 virtual machine uses a different build process which effectively gives it an infinite shelf life, since you can retain the original RAR files and extract a fresh copy whenever you need to. That fresh copy can be activated and will work for 180 days.

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    Updated: Visual Studio 2012 RTM ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts


    The Visual Studio 2012 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is now available!

    This new VM replaces the previously available Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM virtual machine to use the final Visual Studio 2012 RTM releases.


    This is the most comprehensive ALM virtual machine yet. It includes 20 hands-on-labs / demo scripts. 8 of these labs highlight features/scenarios which are brand new in Visual Studio 2012, and the remaining 12 of these scenarios were upgraded from the older Visual Studio 2010 ALM virtual machine.


    Go here to start your downloads and to read more about this release!

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    Announcing kanban and git-tf for TFS


    Today we announced the addition of two new capabilities for TFS.

    The first is a new kanban board for Team Foundation Service.

    Kanban is an increasingly popular process used by engineering teams to help ensure that they are providing a continuous stream of value to their customers while limiting the amount of work in progress for any given phase of the engineering lifecycle. Now you can use kanban along with the rest of the agile project management tools already built into Team Foundation Service.

    You can learn more about the new kanban board in my Channel 9 interview with Gregg Boer, a program manager on the TFS team:

    The second new capability is designed to help combine the local repository offered by Git with the integration application lifecycle management solution offered by Team Foundation Server.

    Git-tf is a new cross-platform bridge which was announced today and allows developers to combine the local repository capabilities of Git with the integrated application lifecycle management tooling of Team Foundation Server.

    Now you can use a Git repository locally, and when you're ready to, check in code to TFS. You can even continue to take advantage of integration between work items (such as bugs and requirements) in TFS when you want to enable end-to-end traceability of the relationship between your work and your code changes. This bridge is a cross-platform tool built with Java, so it runs on many operating systems, including OS X, Linux, and Windows. This means that you can use Git clients (such as Xcode) and maintain the ability to check code into Team Foundation Server.

    For more information on git-tf, check out my Channel 9 interview with Matt Mitrik, also a program manager on the TFS team:


    You can read more about both of these capabilities over at Brian Harry’s blog:

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