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  • Blog Post: What's new for Microsoft Test Manager in VS 2012 RC

    Check the post here to find out what’s new in Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) in Visual Studio 2012 RC!
  • Blog Post: How To: Go to any work item quickly in MTM?

    Typing “CTRL + G” anywhere in MTM will pop up below dialog. You can enter the work item (bug, test case etc) id and go to that work item quickly!
  • Blog Post: Test Scribe for MTM 11 Beta is out

      The Test Scribe Power Tool, which is used to generate documentation for test plan and test run for Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) has been updated for MTM 11 Beta.  The updated version is here .  The MTM 2010 version continues to be here .
  • Blog Post: Test Attachment Cleaner for TFS 11 Beta is out

    Last week we released updated set of Power Tools for TFS 11 Beta .  This release also includes updated version of Test Attachment Cleaner tool for deleting test attachments created by Microsoft Test Manager (MTM). Apart from support for TFS 11 Beta, this release of Test Attachment Cleaner includes...
  • Blog Post: MTM’s compatibility with TFS

    Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) is forward and backward compatible with TFS.  This mean you can use - MTM 2010 with TFS 11.  To do so, you need to install the Compatibility GDR . MTM 11 with TFS 2010.  This is supported without any extra install. Since many new features require change in...
  • Blog Post: Various test attachment size reduction features in MTM\TFS 11

    Some of you may have faced the problem of test attachments growing too fast in TFS with Microsoft Test Manager (MTM).  As you know, the test attachments can be cleaned using Test Attachment Cleaner tool which is part of TFS Power Tools .  However, even with the cleaner tool, the experience...
  • Blog Post: Test Case Migrator Plus V1.2 released

    We have completed the release of the Test Case Migrator Plus (V1.2 RTM) on CodePlex. What's new for the V1.2 RTM version Support for connecting to Hosted Team Foundation Server Preview . Support for connecting to Team Foundation Server 11 Beta . Fix to issue with read-only attribute being set for LinksMapping...
  • Blog Post: MTM Performance

    We released Beta of Visual Studio 11 yesterday.  This also includes Beta of Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) 11.  You can read about the new features of MTM 11 in blog by Nivedita . As mentioned by Nivedita and earlier by Brian , we have invested significantly in improving the performance of MTM...
  • Blog Post: How To: Get all test points assigned to you?

    Based on my previous post , one question that came up was - How do I, as a tester, know what test points are assigned to me? In Test->Run Tests, you can click on Filter on the left side to do filtering by Tester and\or Configurations.  Refer the screenshots below.  
  • Blog Post: FAQ: What is the difference between “Assigned To” and “Tester” in MTM?

    FAQ : In Microsoft Test Manager (MTM), what is the difference between the “Assigned To” field of the Test Case work item and the “Tester” field in MTM.  It seems these to fields are stored independently. So if I assign someone test cases through MTM then this is not translated into the “Assigned...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Why are my tests not included in the test run?

    As an alternative to Microsoft Test Manager (MTM), users can use tcm.exe command line to run and manage their test cases.  The command line way is particularly useful in running tests in non-interactive way (say via scripts). FAQ: While using “ tcm.exe run ” command to run all the test cases in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Test Manager stuck in "waiting for test controller" state

    This is guest post by Deepak Mittal, who is Senior Support Engineer in this space. Problem description: Microsoft Test Manager is stuck in "waiting for test controller" status after completion of test execution. Resolution: After completion of the test execution, please click on "refresh"...
  • Blog Post: How To: Associate automation programmatically

    In my previous post , I mentioned about tcm testcase /import scenario.  The tcm testcase /import associates the test case artifact with automation (which is unit test or other test type). Another FAQ related to this scenario is - Q: How can I programmatically associate automation (because I want...
  • Blog Post: How To: Get the Test Case associated with the unit test?

    For running and managing unit tests using Microsoft Test Manager (MTM), the users have to do tcm testcase /import of the test assembly.  This step creates a test case work item corresponding to unit test on the client side.  With this, users can do many new scenarios – most importantly start...
  • Blog Post: How To: Bulk edit action recording?

    Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) has test runner using which one can do manual testing. One of the features that many folks use while doing manual testing using test runner is the Fast Forward feature. With this feature, a tester can do an action recording and later use that to fast forward the test with...
  • Blog Post: Multiline support in test steps

    NOTE: If you installing above HotFix, it is advisable to install this one too - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2625302 and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2673532. In fact, read about the latter one ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2673532) and you can directly install this which will get you everything...
  • Blog Post: How To: Make MTM right to left

    Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) picks the language settings from OS.  There is no easy way to force MTM to pick alternate settings – say you are using English OS but want MTM be right to left (for example, you are authoring tests in Hebrew). One workaround to force everything in MTM appear right to...
  • Blog Post: Want to know how we are using our tools?

    If you want to know how we are using our tools, check out Dinesh Bhat , our QA manager, in this Channel9 video .
  • Blog Post: More posts on Coded UI Test Extensibility

    A long while back, I had posted a series on extensibility of Coded UI Test .  Mathew Aniyan from my team has added few more posts to the series recently - Custom WPF Control’s custom properties Enabling UI Testing for Third party WinForms custom controls – 1 Enabling UI Testing for Third party WinForms...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: How do I resume my manual test?

    Q) I am running manual test using Test Runner.  In here, I can pause the test and return to Testing Center.  However, after I have done my work in Testing Center, how do I resume my test? A) There is discoverability issue around here and many folks have stumbled on this.  You can use the...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Running Coded UI Test on a machine without VS

    Another one of commonly asked question is how can I run Coded UI Test (or any other test type) on a machine without installing Visual Studio on it? You can install Test Agent – the Test Agent is a light-weight install and it is free if you already have appropriate Visual Studio or Test Profession SKU...
  • Blog Post: How To: Get the TFS AT log

    In my previous post , I mentioned how to get the client side logs for Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) for reporting any issues.  In some cases, the client side logs are not enough and to figure out the issues we might need the Team Foundation Server (TFS) logs too.  On server, we have various...
  • Blog Post: How To: Enable Tracing for MTM

    Long back I had posted on “ How To: Enable Tracing for UI Test Components ”. The trace files have helpful information that could help the support team debug the problem that you may be running into. Ideally, the steps for enabling tracing on Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) should have been exactly...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Editing test case while using test runner

    Many folks have requested that they want to edit the test case while they are running it in test runner . While this is not possible in the current release ( Microsoft Test Manager 2010), there is a poor workaround for this - After starting the test in the runner, you can use the highlighted button to...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Why am I getting “access denied” during recording?

    If you are using recording feature of Coded UI Test or Fast Forward feature of Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) and getting the following error - The last action was not recorded because access to the application was denied there could be two reasons for this - The application under test (one that you are...
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