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  • Blog Post: MSBuild and Team Foundation Server integration with SonarQube: version 1.0 released

    Release of MSBuild.SonarQube.Runner 1.0 As you might recall, we announced back in April at the //build conference that we were working with SonarSource to provide a better integration of SonarQube with MSBuild and Team Foundation Server. At that time, SonarSource shipped the result of this initial collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Deploying an Azure Web Site using the new build system in Visual Studio Online

    I have been meaning to write a post on deploying Azure Web Sites from a build in either Visual Studio Online or Team Foundation Server for while when i noticed one of our star ALM MVPs, Jakob Ehn , has already done one. Republishing with his consent. Thanks Jakob!   ****************************...
  • Blog Post: New course announcement: Enabling Continuous integration and continuous deployment with Visual Studio Online Build

    One of the primary efforts of the ALM Development team is to provide  tooling that enables DevOps workflows. The new Build system shared by both Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online is a cornerstone to that effort. So it is great news one of the ALM MVPs, Esteban Garcia, and world class...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online Supports True Cross-Platform Development

    I’d like to start this blog post with a quick introduction. I’m Paul Barham and have been working at Microsoft only 7 short weeks but have over 25 years of software development experience ranging from teaching at the university level, to being a lead software developer and architect, to being...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Octopus Deploy integration for Visual Studio Online

    Visual Studio Online recently  announced a new build system that offers a heterogonous capable platform that can easily build or integrate almost any existing asset and be extended to add new ones.  (For more information about this announcement please see Chris Build session: http://channel9...
  • Blog Post: Moving TFS to cloud cadence and Visual Studio Online

    We get quite a few questions from customers on how we made the transition to shipping both an on-premises product and a cloud service. We moved from shipping every 2-3 years to shipping Visual Studio Online every three weeks and TFS every 3-4 months. I’ve written a new post that includes a document describing...
  • Blog Post: Build Futures

    At the Connect() developer event in November 2014 we showed a sneak peek at the investments we are making for our build automation features in TFS and Visual Studio Online. These new capabilities will be available in TFS 2015 and in Visual Studio Online starting in Q2 of 2015. TFS had build automation...
  • 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: Trigger Release from build with Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 3

    The following is applicable only for vNext pipelines of Release Management. To trigger a release from build with Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 , you needed to install RM client on TFS build agent machine. With Update 3 , this is no longer needed. Release Management Update 3...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s journey to Cloud Cadence

    Last week the Visual Studio product owner Sam Guckenheimer keynoted the Agile 2014 Conference.  In his presentation he went through our teams changes/learning's to adopt a DevOps workflow.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend as we had several conferences here in Redmond/Seattle but luckily...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Community Widgets (aka.ms/widgets)

    Based on popular demand, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers   have restarted a list of cool, productive and recommended community widgets for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. The listed widgets are either free or available on trial . The list on aka.ms/widgets will be updated monthly. For more...
  • 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: CodeLens Team Indicators - Processing Pipeline

    Introduction CodeLens is a heads-up display in your Visual Studio Editor where you can find information about your code in-context. See this MSDN article for an introduction to CodeLens - Get history and other info about your code . You can use the CodeLens Indicators to quickly identify the changes...
  • 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: Sample Chapter: “Scrum, Agile Practices, and Visual Studio” from the book “Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback, Edition 3”

    I am lucky enough to get to work with the authors of, Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback ,  Sam Guckenheimer and Neno Loje on a regular basis. So when they mentioned the possibility of posting on the ALM Blog one of their chapters as a sample I instantly said...
  • Blog Post: TFS Lab Management with multiple SCVMM servers

    The ALM Rangers recently received a user request to clarify the following concept: “ with Team Foundation Server 2013 you can configure a different SCVMM server for each team project collection ”. This blog post, created by Richard Fennell , pulls together the discussions with Mathias Olausson...
  • Blog Post: How to modify the UpgradeTemplate.xaml to enable releasing from a build

    Release Management provides the option to trigger a release from a build. But to use this feature, some additional logic has to be added to the default build process template. You can refer to my previous post on doing this with the default build process templates for TFS 2013 . This article details...
  • Blog Post: New TFS book soon available: Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization

    Never ceases to amaze me how some of our community rock stars are able to discover and do so much with almost no contact with the Team Foundation Server development team…And just to make sure this phenomena doesn’t make sense; there also seems to be an inverse relationship with these folks and their...
  • Blog Post: How to configure Team Foundation Server with Release Management

      Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 (RM) is tightly integrated with TFS. In order to communicate with TFS, RM uses a service account to access different functionality of TFS. Here are the necessary minimal permissions that the account must have. If possible, to keep things simple, we recommend...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the availability of Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

    Today we have released Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools This release supports Visual Studio 2013 RC Team Foundation Server 2013 RC To download this release please see: - Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools - Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: TFS Internal Usage Statistics - 1st Half CY 2013

    Summary The following analysis includes the Microsoft IT internal offering for TFS and includes trends throughout the first half of 2013 (January – June 2013). This only includes the TFS servers hosted by the IT offering. Overall, we are continuing to have consistent growth in IT servers. There...
  • Blog Post: Releasing a Planning Poker Application and multi sprint burn down chart

    The ALM MVPs were busy today as they released two different tools designed to help agile teams work better.   Sprint Burndown+ The first tool is a visual studio gallery extension called Sprint Burndown+ . This extension enables development teams to view all their #sprints on a single timeline. Sprint...
  • Blog Post: Help content for the Agile planning tools gets a makeover with TFS CU2

    With the latest VS ALM TFS update, we've given the help content for the Agile Planning tools a makeover - as you can see by going to Collaborate and Collaborate (dig deeper) . The collaborate content shows you how to use the Agile planning tools with the latest Visual Studio Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service

    By Matthew Mitrik (MS) , Andy Lewis , and Martin Woodward Today we announced the availability of Git for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service. In this post, we'll walk through the new experiences. Get set up: Get the free service , and then you can use it with any Git client tools you want...
  • Blog Post: How to connect to TF Service without a prompt for LiveID credentials

    Normally when you connect to the Team Foundation Service you are presented with a web page to log in with your Microsoft Account (aka LiveID). When you log in you can choose to have it remember you and you won’t have to enter your Microsoft Account credentials again (unless you don’t log...
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