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  • Blog Post: Deploying using PowerShell Desired State Configuration in Release Management

    With Microsoft Release Management 2013 Update 3 RC, you can now use Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for deploying and managing configuration data .   Windows PowerShell (PS) Refer to Scripting with Windows PowerShell (PS) for more details. These scripts...
  • Blog Post: How to trigger deployments to Chef managed environments from Release Management 2013 with Update 3 RC

    Pre-requisites for triggering Chef deployments using RM: Target node must already be bootstrapped and registered with Chef server Relevant cookbooks uploaded to Chef Server. Cookbook should have an attribute which maps to build drop location. Recipes assigned to Node. ...
  • Blog Post: How to deploy to Standard or Azure environments in Release Management 2013 with Update 3 RC

    With Microsoft Release Management 2013 Update 3 RC, you can now use Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for deploying and managing configuration data. We now support deploying to On-premise environment (Standard) and Azure environments without having to setup Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How to setup environments for Agent-less deployments in Release Management 2013 with Update 3 RC

    With Microsoft Release Management 2013 Update 3 RC, you can now use Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for deploying and managing configuration data. We now support deploying to On-premise environment (Standard) and Azure environments without having to setup Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Case study: Application Performance Monitoring with Application Insights

    James Beeson, Alan Wills - Our group runs about 20 web applications, serving a community of about 100k users spread around the world. Since we started using Application Insights, we’ve found we have a much clearer view of our applications’ performance, and as a result, our users are seeing...
  • Blog Post: How to debug Release Management components

      Enable logs on Microsoft Deployment Agent: The first and most easy way to debug why an action/component is failing is to open the logs available through the deployment step of your release within Release Management (RM) client. To do this, open your release, access the View Log section, click...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Release Management to work across untrusted domains

    There are times when you will want Release Management (RM) to interact with machines that are not part of the same domain. This post details the steps required to configure RM to work across untrusted domains.   Configuring the Microsoft Deployment Agent   Follow these steps to configure the...
  • Blog Post: Release Management for Visual Studio 2013

    DevOps is an increasingly important part of application lifecycle management and is a growing area of interest as businesses need to develop and deploy quality applications at a faster pace. As part of this increased focus, we’re excited to announce Release Management for Visual Studio 2013, a...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Deployment Markers in Application Insights

    Application Insights is a set of services that integrates production monitoring data with development tools. In many of the demos you will see us opening the solution and code file directly from the production data. For instance in the screenshot below I can click on those blue dots it will take me directly...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Application Insights Preview

    Many folks have noticed I had practically stopped blogging. I have been working on one of the products Brian announced at the launch : Application Insights and as this service wasn’t in preview until today have not been able to blog about it. For those of you that weren’t able to make...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2013 RTM Availability

    Visual Studio 2013 has been released to the web! - Download Visual Studio 2013 - Save the date for Visual Studio 2013 Launch on Nov 13 th - Read the release announcements on Soma’s blog (for VS 2013 RTM) and Blogging Windows (for Windows 8.1) This release has been an amazing ride. While adopting agile...
  • Blog Post: Start learning the concepts of DevOps & Release Management

    This blog post has moved to ALM Rangers blog on http://aka.ms/vsarNews4 , where we introduce the solution in combination with the upcoming the Patterns & Practices book “Building a Release Pipeline with TFS ” – it’s a great way to start learning the concepts of DevOps &...
  • Blog Post: Using the IntelliTrace Standalone Collector Remotely

    This post pertains to the IntelliTrace Standalone Collector, a new feature associated with Visual Studio 2012. The Standalone Collector allows you to collect IntelliTrace logging information on one machine (e.g. a production server) and analyze the log on another machine (e.g. the dev machine in your...
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