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  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 2015 upgrade planning

    Do you plan to upgrade your Visual Studio Team Foundation Server? Here are a few discussions and checklists to help you with the planning: New Elements of TFS 2015 that influence an upgrade Long Lead Preparations Long Lead Checklist Short Lead Checklist Post Upgrade Checklist You can find more information...
  • Blog Post: Test Planning and Management Guide - Updated

    The ‘ Test Release Management Guidance ’, since its first release in early 2012, has been a great resource that lays down guidance about important questions pertinent to Manual Test Planning, such as: What are best practices, based on project size or development methodology? How do I structure my test...
  • Blog Post: Extracting effective permissions and Security Auditing for TFS

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to announce our v1.1 release for Extracting effective permissions and Security Auditing for TFS. This release contains a whitepaper and samples all based on a prototype to help you get started with extracting effective permissions. Hear what some of the team...
  • Blog Post: Understanding migrations from on-premises TFS to Visual Studio Online

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to announce the release of the second Understanding TFS migrations from on-premises to Visual Studio Online research findings whitepaper. This second part is a walkthrough of a migration, using a simulated on-premises environment, Brian Keller's VM ’s, to Visual...
  • Blog Post: New whitepapers for migration and security … with more to come

    We are pleased to announce two new whitepapers have landed, sharing real-world experience and research feedback. Extracting effective permissions from TFS whitepaper and sample Practical guidance and sample code based on extensive research to address two of the commonly heard requests on Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Peruse the new PowerShell DSC v1 guidance and other recent releases

    latest release We are pleased to announce that the first version of the PowerShell Desired State Configuration for DevOps and ALM Practitioners v1 guidance has shipped. other recent releases TFS Upgrade Guidance v3.3 revision published, addressing typos and revisions to moving TFS Collections...
  • Blog Post: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs whitepaper

    We are pleased to publish the following whitepaper: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs . The Scaled Agile Framework , or SAFe, is gaining popularity among organizations looking to scale Agile practices to the enterprise level. SAFe is a comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS v1.4 guidance landed … what’s next?

    We are pleased to announce that the v1.4 flight of the TFS Planning and DR Avoidance Guide has firmly landed, after Bill Heys completed the copy editing and the product owner has given us the “thumbs up”. what’s included? The latest guidance includes practical guidance for three main scenarios: Planning...
  • Blog Post: Practical guidance for TFVC and TFS on Azure IaaS

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to highlight new and updated practical guidance that landed recently. TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS v1.4.BETA has shipped! The new guidance now includes practical, scenario-based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Engineering Stories - How We Build Software at Microsoft

    Before I joined Microsoft , I worked with many companies over many years helping them with transforming & improving their application lifecycle management practices. I was also very fortunate to have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP for many of those years and had the opportunity to interact closely...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Guidance for Consulting Teams and Systems Integrators

    If you are a consulting team or systems integrator partner this post is for you. In the Visual Studio Online team we are aware that many of you are looking for ways to more efficiently deliver projects for your customers. It has been a very popular scenario in the adoption of Visual Studio Online. We...
  • Blog Post: Announcing new Application Lifecycle readiness content by the ALM Rangers

    The ALM Rangers have been involved with a bunch of recent Visual Studio 2013 readiness content to help people get up to speed. 1. The Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes – eBook update v1.2 .  Big thanks to Michael Fourie , we have been able to action the backlog of community feedback for recent...
  • Blog Post: A handful of ALM Ranger solutions landed to close off another exciting VS ALM year

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to highlight a number of new and updated practical guidance, practical experience and out-of-band solutions that have landed in recently. latest (new or upgraded) solutions Unit Test Generator v1.2 and Tim’s Gremlins TFS Upgrade Guide comes out of silent BETA...
  • 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: ALM Readiness Treasure Map – Release 2 available in the Windows Store

    The ALM Rangers are pleased to announce the landing of the second release of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map Windows Store App, which was certified and released on August 1st and is now featured in the Windows Store.  It provides a master catalogue (treasure map) of the available ALM Readiness content...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship guidance for DevOps bug resolution using IntelliTrace

    We are pleased to announce that we have shipped a new exciting project, focused on IntelliTrace, under the Visual Studio Test Tooling Guidance umbrella. This release supplements the Test Tooling Guide with the DevOps end-end scenario, giving you access to ALM end to end labs and guidance that include...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship guidance for Microsoft Fakes, TFS Disaster Avoidance and updates to two other guides

    We are pleased to announce that we have shipped two new exciting projects introducing practical guidance on the use of Microsoft Fakes and for Team Foundation Server (TFS) d isaster r ecovery avoidance, planning and step-step recovery walkthroughs for the worst case scenarios. New Better Unit...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship the ALM Readiness treasure map

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the version of the Windows Store reference application that delivers the ALM Readiness treasure map to your Surface and other Windows 8 devices. Both the paper based map and the Windows Store application allow you to explore the ALM guidance delivered...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship the new Branching and Merging Guide v2.1

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the new Branching and Merging Guide using the new ALM Rangers documentation style as discussed in ALM Rangers – Raising the Quality Bar for Documentation (Part 2) .   For more information on this project, please visit the Codeplex project. Please...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers Demo Factory Team release their first demo nuggets!

    The ALM Rangers started the Demo nstration factory initiative to raise the overall quality bar of hands-on labs and to create DemoMate based recordings. The team’s key objectives were to improve accuracy and consistency in terms of style and delivery of hands-on labs and walkthroughs. ALM Rangers Demo...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers Branching and Merging guide for Visual Studio 2012 is available

    As mentioned in Cowabunga! Visual Studio ALM Rangers Readiness “GIG” goes RTM! the RTM version of the Branching and Merging Guide for Visual Studio 2012  was not included in the sim-ship wave. But we have just received the following signal from the product owner Matthew Mitrik and the project lead...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Visual Studio 2012 ALM Rangers Readiness “Wave”

    JasonZ announced the Visual Studio 2012 RTM, which triggered a final SIM ultaneous- SHIP ping event for the Visual Studio ALM Rangers Readiness solutions wave ALM Ranger Solutions Find the latest list of all ALM Ranger solutions here and a list of all ALM Ranger projects on CodePlex here . For...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guide – Localised for Japan

    The Japanese community, under the mentorship of Rex Tang (湯川 智彦), have localised the Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guide. Release notes Rex Tang (湯川 智彦), Takaho Yamaguchi (山口 孝穂), Masashi Fujiwara (藤原 祐之), localized and reviewed the Quick Reference Guidance for the Japanese communities, based on...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Branching Guide – Localized for Japan

    The Japanese community, under the mentorship of Rex Tang (湯川 智彦), have localised the Visual Studio 2010 Branching Guide. Release notes Rex Tang (湯川 智彦), Takaho Yamaguchi (山口 孝穂), Hirokazu Higashino (東野 紘和), localized and reviewed the Branching Guidance for the Japanese communities, based on http://vsarbranchingguide...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Coded UI for Word Add-In v2 Sample Solution has shipped!

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the sample solution with support for Visual Studio 2012 RC. Overview This project delivers practical and scenario based sample code and guidance for the Visual Studio Coded UI Microsoft Word Add-in , which extends the Coded UI feature support to Microsoft...
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