UPDATE (27 Oct 2010): All videos are now updated with a narration, and uploaded as part of MSDN ‘How Do I’ video series for online viewing. The table below is updated with the new links.

Based on popular demand, here are the videos of the different scenarios and concepts in lab management, to help you get started quickly. The first video is an overview and the subsequent 6 videos are part of a ‘How-to’ series starting from setup.

You can read the summary of each video below.

Title

Description

Duration

Overview - Lab Management

Provides an overview of how lab management fits into Visual Studio 2010, the various components, and the following key scenarios:

  • Provision environments quickly for testers and developers
  • Automate the build-deploy-test cycle
  • File rich bugs with environment snapshots that reproduce for the developer

07:44

Video 1 - Setup and Configure Lab Management

Walks you through the setup and configuration steps. Shows you how to setup the Virtual Machine Manager server and how to configure lab management on Team Foundation Server.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Team Foundation Server – installed and configured
  • Test controller and build controller – installed and configured with defaults
  • Physical host(s) with Hyper-V

07:27

Video 2 - Create a virtual environment

 

Walks you through the experience of creating your first virtual environment. Illustrates the two ways to create a new virtual environment – compose environment using running VMs and create a new environment using templates in the library.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • One or more virtual machines

08:26

Video 3 - Create Build and Test Artifacts

 

Shows you how to create build and test artifacts needed to deploy your build on the environment and to run test cases. These artifacts are pre-requisites for the scenarios in the next two videos.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • Video 2 – Create a virtual environment
  • Source code is checked in

07:51

Video 4 - Automate the build-deploy-test cycle

 

Walks you through the experience of authoring and running a workflow to build your application, restore environment to a clean snapshot, deploy the build on your environment, take a post deployment snapshot, and run build verification tests.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • Video 2 – Create a virtual environment
  • Video 3 – Create build and test artifacts

07:01

Video 5 - File a rich bug with environment snapshots

Shows you how to file rich bugs with the environment snapshot, as you run manual tests. Also shows you how the developer can connect to the environment snapshot from the bug to reproduce the error.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • Video 2 – Create a virtual environment
  • Video 3 – Create build and test artifacts
  • Video 4 – Automate the build-deploy-test cycle

06:06

Video 6 – Clone environments using network isolation

Shows you how to create network isolated environments, how to use an application that needs the VMs to be domain joined on such an environment, and how to clone environments without creating conflicts on the network.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • Video 2 – Create a virtual environment
  • Video 3 – Create build and test artifacts
  • Video 4 – Automate the build-deploy-test cycle
08:03

Hopefully, these videos will help you in adopting and using lab management. Take a look and tell us what you think.