This is part to an exploration of the upcoming ALM Rangers solutions for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 11. Previous posts:
In this post we are taking a look at the Lab Management Guidance which also delivered a great ALPHA release:
Provide practical and scenario-based guidance for Visual Studio Lab Management, backed by VM Factory automation.
Codename: African Hawk Eagle (AHE)
- I would like to understand the changes and impact of Dev11 on Lab Management
- I would like all feedback and suggestions from the community on v1 addressed
A phenomenal new Hands-on Lab
I had the privilege of reviewing a new hands-on lab in which you will learn how Microsoft Visual Studio Lab Management can be used as the infrastructure for a build, deploy and test process. Visual Studio 11 enhance the product by providing so called Standard Lab Environments, which allows you to set up Lab Management labs without minimum additional infrastructure … this is a great new feature and I had an environment up and running, including build, deploy and test processes in less than an hour.
Four screenshots I took during my evaluation journey …
A summary of changes to date … the team has not been idling
- Built an enhanced Lab Template
- Built a parallel CI Template
- Guidance for the enhanced and parallel CI templates
- Lab Management build activities (10 new activities!)
- Created a new Quick Reference Poster for Lab Management 11
- Created a demo video for the Parallel CI template
- Hands on lab (in time for TR14) on build-deploy-test with TFS11 standard environments
- Updated the v1 guide for VS/TFS11
- Lot of fun and interesting meeting and discussions
Soon to come
- SharePoint deployment guidance
- SQL Server deployment guidance
Great stuff Mathias Olausson and team!