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    Visual Studio and Permissions

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    I’d like to thank Will Hirst (Microsoft ITSM Infrastructure Consultant) for finding the answer to this problem. When using Visual Studio on a machine running Windows Server 2012, even with User Access Control set to the lowest level, you may...
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    Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 SP4 Released

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    The much anticipated SP4 for UAG has released. Head on over to the Microsoft Download Center where you can download it today . Our team is glad to see the service pack fixes one issue with using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1. When using UAG to...
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    Workaround for Microsoft UAG Connection errors when using Internet Explorer 11 with Windows 8.1

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    ***UPDATE*** UAG SP4 has been released that has added support for Win 8.1 and IE11 that fixes the blog issue described below. More info here: blogs.msdn.com/.../forefront-unified-access-gateway-2010-sp4-released.aspx ***END UPDATE*** UAG connectivity...
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    Explanation of “Off-Box Inclusive testing” and how it impacts troubleshooting

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    An “Off-Box” request is any request that is made by a client to a machine that is not part of the core environment. As an example, if a user opens Internet Explorer and goes to the main Hanes.com website, Internet Explorer will go to the Hanes...
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    TFS Resource Guide.

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    ­­ The following post was authored by my Test Consultant peer Doug Owens.   Microsoft’s Team Foundation Service is a cloud-hosted implementation of the widely-used Team Foundation Server product. Both products are fantastic tools to organize your...
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    Help! Visual Studio is not displaying real-time graphs during the execution of a load test.

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      Here is a very peculiar, interesting, and obscure issue/behavior in Visual Studio that you will rarely find. But if you do, this post will save you time! Symptoms When running a Load Test in Visual Studio the real time graphs do not display any...
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    A List of Tool and Sites We Like To Use

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    One question the team gets asked a lot is "What tools/sites do you use to get things done in the labs?" Well, the answer varies from person to person, and I know there are a lot of lists available, but I figured one more list is not a bad thing. This...
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    UAG Service Pack 3

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    If you haven’t heard by now, Service Pack 3 for Unified Access Gateway (UAG) was released yesterday.  In addition to many fixes, this eagerly awaited service pack includes: Added Support for new clients Windows 8 and Windows RT Forefront UAG 2010...
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    Newest Servers in the Labs

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    Our team, Testing Services and Labs, help customers test, analyze and remediate IT solutions.  Not only do we do this by providing some very talented and experienced consultants, who can work with you onsite, but we also have three, great lab facilities...
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    How to automatically run a load test as part of a build

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    Prerequisites · A machine (VM or physical) to host the test rig components: test controller and agent (from now on this machine will be referred as CONTROLLER). · A SQL database to hold the load test results (from now on this machine will be referred...
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    Naturally occurring concurrency

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    I needed to predict the level of concurrency that will naturally occur given a level of traffic and a time frame. For example: A test case takes 3 minutes to run (including think time). 20 iterations need to run in 1 hour but be random, just as traffic...
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    Submit bugs / feedback -- Part 2

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    This is the second in a series discussing ways to send information to the appropriate Microsoft product team. This post will illustrate how to use an add-in to allow submissions from within Visual Studio. Within Visual Studio Click Report...
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    Submitting bugs / feedback -- Part 1

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    Connect is Microsoft’s external bug reporting system. This series will demonstrate two different ways to submit information. The first is via the web site. The second is within Visual Studio 2012 and requires an add-in to be installed. ...
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    Load test virtual user licenses for Visual Studio 2012

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    This isn't new news but I hope will server as a reminder as test teams convert their Visual Studio 2010 testing infrastructure over to 2012: you no longer need virtual user licenses for load testing! http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd293540...
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    Controlling the Outcome of a Request and the Web Test

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    Controlling the Outcome of a Test Request and the Web Test It is annoying when a “404 – Not Found” response comes back from a request to retrieve an image, . css , . js or some other non-critical file. There’s no harm done to...
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    A real-world Q&A about Microsoft Lab Management

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    In this post I’m going to provide high-level answers to a few questions that I recently received concerning Lab Management. Having trouble locating good information and guidance on Visual Studio’s Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) capabilities...
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    Viewing TCP conversation summaries in Wireshark and Network Monitor

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    High-level Objective During a recent customer engagement, the task of gathering network traces and analyzing them to determine if certain traffic was moving through the proper connections was required. This particular customer was using Microsoft Groove...
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    About Separation of Concerns & Web Performance Tests

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    Separation of Concerns (SoC) is a basic programming principle that promotes maintainability and reusability. When creating Web Performance Tests (hereafter “Web Tests”), we are not exempt from following this principle. In this post we will introduce a...
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    Help! I Think My Disk is Slow

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    Most of what happens here at Testing Services and Labs is determining the performance limit of a customer’s application. To accomplish this, we have to stage the application on systems that we are certain can handle it. After all, we want to know...
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