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  • Blog Post: Resources to learn more about Visual Studio Team System 2010

    While the various Visual Studio teams are working on our first beta release, I thought I’d point out some important resources to learn more about what we’re doing.  First is the new weekly video podcast series known as 10-4.  This has been going on for a few months now but I finally figured...
  • Blog Post: Gartner SCCM Magic Quadrant Ranks Microsoft VSTS a Leader

    A few weeks ago Gartner published their 2009 Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms (what a mouthful!) and in their evaluation has ranked Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server as a leader in the space.  This is Microsoft’s first time...
  • Blog Post: Team Test 2008 Quick Reference Guide now available

    The Rangers have shipped again!  (Faithful readers know just how much I love saying that). This time, led by Geoff Gray, they have put together the VSTT 2008 Quick Reference Guide , a comprehensive technical document about Visual Studio Team Test functionality, specifically focusing on Web, Load...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Willy, our newest Team System Ranger

    I’m pleased to welcome Willy-Peter Schaub to the Team System team as our newest Ranger.  Willy is a former Microsoft MVP from South Africa (his old blog can be found here: http://dotnet.org.za/willy/ ) and has recently joined us to help further the Ranger mission of accelerating the adoption of...
  • Blog Post: Check out our updated website

    The next update to our Team System website has been made with an eye towards helping make things easier to find.  Sharon, our web site manager, has been working very hard to help address the feedback we’ve gotten in the past and is very eager to hear what you think about the recent improvements...
  • Blog Post: Listen to me on Radio TFS

    The Radio TFS folks called me at home just before the holidays and spent the better part of an hour talking about what I do, some of the history of Team System and where we’re headed with our 2010 release.  As I’ve mentioned previously , it’s a fun format for getting some of the behind-the-scenes...
  • Blog Post: Updated Visual Studio Team System 2008 Trial VPC images available

    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 four VPC and HyperV images for your use.  The “all-up” image includes Team Foundation Server, Team...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio sales site gets a facelift

    Check out the updated sales site for Visual Studio at http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio . On the new site you can find numerous case studies as well as some of our current offers for Visual Studio as well as Team System. Finally, there’s in-depth information about the Team System line of products...
  • Blog Post: TFS Branching Guide 2.0 published

    I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but the VSTS Rangers have shipped again! This time, in the form of guidance for branching strategies using Team Foundation Server. You can find this release on Codeplex: http://www.codeplex.com/TFSBranchingGuideII Selecting the right branching strategy is...
  • Blog Post: Dealing with the Team System 2010 CTP expiration

    If you’ve been using the Team System 2010 Community Tech Preview VPC , you’ve probably noticed that the instance of Visual Studio within the VPC is getting close to expiring.  We expect that it will cease functioning around the end of the year and instead return the message “The evaluation period...
  • Blog Post: Team System has a new website manager!

    A few months I grew my team by one person when we brought Sharon Elkins on board to manage the Team System website .  This is the first time we’ve had someone dedicated fulltime to our website and as such, I’m really excited that she’s joined our team.  The website will finally get the attention...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2007 Management Pack for TFS 2008 is available!

    The Team System Rangers have delivered again!  This time it’s a comprehensive Management Pack for TFS 2008 working with System Center 2007.  This release represents an amazing amount of effort and coordination between the Ranger, the TFS product team, the System Center team, Microsoft Consulting...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on Exit Criteria

    On occasion I write an email to the Team System team that steps back and tries to explain a little bit about the background of why we do something rather than just what we’re doing and when it’s due.  I’ve been wondering recently if these updates would be interesting to folks outside of our team...
  • Blog Post: Rangers ship SQL load testing tool

    The Team System Rangers have shipped again!  This time they’re have built on the success of the WCF Load Testing Tool and have applied that same approach to SQL.  You can find this tool on our Codeplex site: SQL Load Test . Here are the details from that site: Project Description This tool...
  • Blog Post: Using Team System for SharePoint development

    From all indications, Microsft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) adoption is growing quickly as it provides an easy way to share information, facilitate collaboration, manage content, and implement workflow within enterprises.  We use it daily here on our team to store documents, and share project...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Explorer: enabling discovery, composition and consumption of high quality development guidance

    Several of our MVPs just recently “discovered” the Guidance Explorer project run by our very on patterns & practices team even though it’s been released for some time now.  Since this was a surprise to many of them, I figured it’d be good mention it more broadly in case others might find it...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Grant!

    Grant Holliday , a former Team System MVP, recently joined our team focused on adoption of TFS internal to Microsoft.  Since he’s a veteran TFS user, he hit the ground running and now is a voracious force on the internal support aliases.  I’m happy to see that he’s also started blogging with...
  • Blog Post: Localized hotfix pages now available

    We have hit another milestone on our journey to improve our process around delivering hotfixes to customers.  Now, not only will the most commonly requested hotfixes be available for download in English, but in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean...
  • Blog Post: Cameron’s back

    Cameron Skinner has recently reappeared on the blogging scene and he’s on fire!  Check out a couple of his most recent posts: New role running the VSTS Architecture Edition team DSL + UML = Pragmatic Modeling I’d certainly recommend subscribing to his blog moving forward as I’m positive he’ll have...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008

    As you may have heard, registration is now open for the next Microsoft Professional Developers Conference happening in October! PDC2008 is going to be packed with all of the latest information about the future of the Microsoft development platform. For a taste of some of the sessions being offered, check...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming APLN Agile Leadership Conference

    The next leadership summit for the Agile Project Leadership network (APLN) is scheduled to be held in Seattle a couple weeks from now on July 17th and 18th.  I’ve been invited to be part of their panel discussing “Leading the Agile Enterprise” which should be an interesting discussion during which...
  • Blog Post: Seattle Team System User Group meeting this week

    Steven Borg, one of our local Team System MVPs, is scheduled to talk at the next meeting of the Seattle Team System User Group.  He’ll be discussing reporting within Team System…the abstract seems pretty interesting: You’ve paid your nickel and it’s time to ask the Zoltar Fortune Teller for your...
  • Blog Post: New case study for Team Foundation & Teamprise

    We just released a joint case study based on the success that Thomson Reuters has had using Team Foundation Server in conjunction with Teamprise in order to adopt Team System in a mixed development shop.  Since the reality of many development teams is that they are dealing with some aspect of mixed...
  • Blog Post: Check out good stuff from TechEd 2008

    This was a good week for Team System at TechEd 2008 in Orlando.  I would recommend that you check out the TechEd 2008 Online site ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/events/teched/default.aspx ) to learn about much of what was covered.  In particular, you should check out the BillG keynote in...
  • Blog Post: early release of Database Edition updates

    Gert Drapers , group manager for the team responsible for the Team System Database Edition, recently announced an early release (Community Technology Preview) of some updates to that product.  The biggest motivation behind these updates was to fully support the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008...
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