Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: My TechEd Brasil 2010 Presentations

    This week I had the pleasure of speaking at TechEd Brasil for the third year in a row. I absolutely love this event. Everybody I spoke to this week was very knowledgeable, passionate, and friendly. We had some great discussions about Visual Studio application lifecycle management (Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: My March/April 2010 speaking dates

    4 weeks, 7 countries, 25+ sessions, 1 suitcase… It’s a long time to be on the road, but I’ll be doing what I love – talking about what’s new in Visual Studio 2010 for application lifecycle management. Here’s my schedule so far. If you live in or near any of these places you should come on out! You...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Virtual Machines with Sample Data

    March 20, 2010 Update: A newer version of this content is now available! New labs, new sample app, new Visual Studio bits... click here . April 27, 2010 Update: The Beta 2 VHD is effectively expired now that the trial bits have stopped working, so I have struck out the text below. Please see the new...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Slides from my TechEd Brazil Sessions

    Last month I had the opportunity to visit Brazil and present at TechEd Brazil 2009 to share my passion about what’s coming in Visual Studio Team System 2010. I finally got around to uploading my slides from two of my presentations. The decks aren’t scripted so if you weren’t at my talk you might be missing...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Rangers Web Site Goes Live

    The Visual Studio Team Systems Rangers is a group that I’ve been fortunate to work with for the past few years. They consist of VSTS product team members, top-notch Microsoft Consulting Services specialists, and VSTS MVP’s who have a straightforward mission of creating great content for Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: PDC Workshop Announced: Developing Quality Software using Visual Studio Team System 2010

    It’s that time of year! Today we launched the Microsoft PDC 2009 registration and announced some of the sessions which will be presented. There is a lot of great content coming to this year’s PDC, but I wanted to call out one piece in particular that I’m particularly proud of. The Developing Quality...
  • Blog Post: Using a download manager to quickly download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

    10/19/09 Update: Beta 2 is now available! Check out my new post on Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 . The instructions in this blog post are meant to accompany 10-4 Episode 20: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 . Please view that video for additional context...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System: Free Online Workshops

    If you want to learn more about how to effectively implement Visual Studio Team System there is a great set of online workshops happening now which are getting rave reviews. What I really like about this set of content is that it’s not just your traditional marketing “feature dump” of what’s in each...
  • Blog Post: New batch of VSTS 2008 VPC's

    Brian Randell has posted a new batch of Visual Studio Team System 2008 VPC's. As has become my tradition, I've updated my earlier blog post with direct links to the files for using a download manager. Please see: A More Reliable and Faster Download Experience for VS2010/ VS08 VPC's Since VPC...
  • Blog Post: Cameron Skinner on Visual Studio Team System 2010 Architecture

    Cameron just kicked off what promises to be a great blog post series on what's coming in Visual Studio Team System 2010 Architecture. Check out the first post here , and be sure to bookmark his blog if you like what you see. I know I'll be following it closely!
  • Blog Post: Helpful links for the Visual Studio 2010 CTP

    Today we published a new CTP Virtual PC image of Visual Studio 2010 . I hope you enjoy this pre-release as much as I have been! It's still early since it's a CTP, but I think it's our best CTP yet. I think you'll like the walkthroughs which are included in the VPC image. I've authored two blog entries...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 CTP VPC: Dealing with Activation Messages

    Dec 12, 2008 Update: We're getting very close to the 1/1/2009 expiration date of the CTP, as outlined below in the section entitled "Visual Studio 2010 CTP Expiration." For the best experience with this release please make sure you follow the steps in that section ASAP to disable your VPC clock synchronization...
  • Blog Post: Pex interview on Channel 9

    I recently visited Nikolai Tillmann and Peli de Halleux on the Pex team to talk about how Pex can really bolster the effectiveness of unit testing. I've got to say that out of all of the Channel 9 videos I've filmed this was one of my favorites. I stuck around for another 30 minutes after the interview...
  • Blog Post: Register to attend the Visual Studio Team System pre-con at PDC2008

    If you're headed to PDC2008 in October (and I hope you are!) you should consider registering for one of the pre-conferences . The pre-conferences are focused on helping you get the most out of Microsoft technologies which are available today , so that you bring home knowledge that you can apply immediately...
  • Blog Post: Updated links for Visual Studio Team System 2008 VPC Images

    I have made a long overdue update to my earlier post, A More Reliable and Faster Download Experience for Rosario / VS08 VPC's . These files were updated on March 31, 2008. The new VPC images have an expiration date of December 31, 2008. There are also some great hands-on labs available for use with the...
  • Blog Post: Brian the Build Bunny

    Martin Woodward just posted a very entertaining and informative video about Brian the Build Bunny which is wired up to his Team Foundation Server to alert him about the success/failure of software builds. This is made easier by the built-in continuous integration capabilities of Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Licensing Whitepaper

    The Visual Studio Team System 2008 Licensing Whitepaper is now published . This paper is in the same format of the very popular 2005 licensing whitepaper but now reflects the licensing changes which have been made for 2008. The spirit of these documents is to answer common licensing questions about Visual...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access 2008 SP1

    A new Community Technology Preview was just released for Team System Web Access 2008 SP1. Hakan Eskici has all of the details: Team System Web Access (TSWA) 2008 SP1 (CTP) · What’s New in TSWA 2008 SP1? · Download the CTP for TSWA 2008 SP1 Work Item Web Access (WIWA) 2008 ...
  • Blog Post: Better Project Management with Team Foundation Server

    Reader's of Brian Harry's blog will be familiar with the " dogfooding statistics " he posts about related to how we use Team Foundation Server at Microsoft. Brian has blogged about our deployment topology, the number of teams using TFS, the sheer scale of the number of work items and check-ins, and so...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Developer Show

    Dan Fernandez recently joined our team to work with Jeff, Charles, and the rest of the Channel 9 / On10 / etc. crew. Shortly after joining the team Dan approached me about the idea of being his co-host for a weekly show covering what's hot in developer news. For some reason which will remain a mystery...
  • Blog Post: My Virtual TechEd Interview with Brian Harry

    When I was at TechEd South Africa in October I sat down with Brian Harry to talk about the (at the time) upcoming release of Visual Studio Team System 2008. Brian is one of my favorite people to work with because he's full of great ideas and he is passionate about what he does. Check out the interview...
  • Blog Post: Koders now integrates with Team Foundation Server

    Koders just released a product which integrates nicely with Team Foundation Server to help you perform a full-text search of work items or source code, either across your organization or across Koder's database of open source / shared source projects online. I love the tight integration with Team System...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webcasts on Visual Studio Partner Solutions

    My colleague Terry Clancy, a business manager on the Visual Studio Extensibility team, is delivering some MSDN Webcasts covering a wide range of partner products which integrate with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. I have always known Terry to deliver very informative presentations...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 VPC's

    From Brian Randell's blog entry : For those of you that want to try out Visual Studio Team System 2008 including Team Foundation Server, without having to go through the process of installing the product, we have recently released two VPC images for your use: The first VPC is what we call the...
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