Visual Studio Team Test

We build the testing tools in Visual Studio

October, 2009

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    Lab Management?

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    MTLM stands for Microsoft Test and Lab Manager. This blog is dedicated to the testing aspects of this application (as well as the other testing features in VS). Even though testers need to use the lab management activities they tend to be doing one type...
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    Test Configurations in a Test Plan

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    For many, many test teams, we hear that they don’t typically test on more than one configuration. This is a big departure from what we at Microsoft are used to. Obviously we have many operating system versions including languages, versions of IE, versions...
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    What is a Test Plan?

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    A common question we hear is how and when to use a test plan in MTLM. To most testers, a test plan is a document that describes the intended approach to testing for a feature, or more likely a group of features, for a specific release. It typically reviews...
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    Test Steps in MTLM

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    In a test case , there is a control to enter test steps in the first tab. It has several columns, but typically a person will be adding a test title, and sometimes some expected text. There’s also the ability to add attachments to steps. What you’ll see...
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    Migrating Test Cases

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    Anutthara blogged about how to migrate test cases using Excel. This wouldn't be hard to do, except getting test steps into a test case via the standard Excel integration is not possible. Our team has written a migration tool to help with that.
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    Activity Centers

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    When you load up Microsoft Test and Lab Manager (MTLM) and after connecting to a server, project, and plan, you’ll notice the top part of the application is devoted to navigation. Let’s break it down. The first part is the back and forward buttons. This...
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    Keyboard Shortcuts in MTLM

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    I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts. The right shortcuts can really speed up your computer use. For instance, some of my favorite ones in Windows include Win+Break to open computer properties, Win+E to open file explorer,...
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    Blogger Chris Eargle discovers MTLM

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    In his recent post titled ‘ Microsoft Test and Lab Manager ’, Chris reports on reading about MTLM on Jason Zander’s blog. Looks like he is excited about the overview of features he saw. He’s right, this will make life easier for generalist testers out...
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    Three kinds of test suites

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    In Microsoft Test and Lab Manager (MTLM) we have 3 kinds of test suites. The first is just called a suite, but internally we call it a static suite. That means you manually add test cases to it, and remove them as you see fit. This is akin to the test...
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    A new MSDN forum for MTLM!

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    With the advent of Beta2, we have more forums for the testing features, including an exclusive one for testing with Microsoft Test and Lab Manager . You can find the full list of Beta2 forums here . Cheers, David Williamson Engineering Lead, MTLM
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    Beta2 of VS2010 is out!

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    Our first version of the manual testing experience is out again in Beta2 and has changed considerably from what you saw in Beta1. I urge you to try it out and give us feedback. If you didn’t see Beta1, we have some blog walkthroughs of the UI that can...
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