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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Rangers update a la Channel9 series

    Our monthly status and updates from the community is shared in as in the recent Ranger Flash – October 2014 embraces config as code followed by MVP special . To raise the awareness of our Rangers, their passion for and and solutions in technology, and our sprint summaries, my colleague Anisha Pindoria...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Desired State Configuration for DevOps and ALM Practitioners v1

    We are pleased to announce that the first version of the PowerShell Desired State Configuration for DevOps and ALM Practitioners guidance has shipped. what’s included? Guidance Posters Samples where is the stuff?   the team A special THANK YOU to the team of ALM Rangers who volunteered their personal...
  • Blog Post: Have you ever pondered whether you would be interested in the Program Manager (PM) role?

    Have you read the following posts? Are some of the ALM Rangers Symbiotic PM’s? Thinking about PM != PM and the PM role in Microsoft Thinking about PM != PM and Visual Studio ALM Rangers (Part 2) Understanding the ALM Rangers if ( yes )  {     if ( it’s an adventure that would interest...
  • Blog Post: TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS v1.4.BETA has shipped!

    We are pleased to announce that the v1.4 BETA has of the TFS Planning and DR Avoidance Guide has shipped. what’s new? We now include practical, scenario-based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation Server (TFS) on Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). We guide you through the planning...
  • Blog Post: ALM Community shipped the Flight Plan … a simple, known and informative view!

    Our ALM community leads from South-Africa, Robert MacLean and Gordon Beeming , have just shipped the Flight Plan application to the Windows Store. Laduma ! Description as quoted from their overview: “ Flight Plan works with Visual Studio Online to provide an at a glance review of the status of your projects...
  • Blog Post: Version Control guidance v3.BETA flight has landed

    We are pleased to announce that the v3 BETA has of the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide has shipped. Update 2014-05-14 : See Delving into the new Version Control Guidance … what’s changed (1) and where is Git if you are looking for news on the Git for TFVC User eBook. what’s new? Third...
  • Blog Post: Lab Management Guide … v3 update is available!

    We are pleased to announce the third revision of Visual Studio Lab Management Guide . This release includes the following changes: Content updated to reflect Team Foundation Server 2012 and 2013. Content includes information on how to upgrade lab management environments. New content on how to leverage...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers Mission Statement … tweaked for the first time in 7 years

    Starting from VSTS Rangers and evolving to Visual Studio ALM Rangers, we operated with the same mission statement for the past seven years, changing only in terms of the team name. When we recently proposed a slightly revised mission statement to the ALM MVPs and the Distinguished ALM Rangers we got...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to all the Visual Studio ALM Ranger 2014 Champions‎

    We are pleased to announce the 2014 champions, the “best of the best”, selected by their ALM Ranger peers. To add more context to the nominations we are including nomination comments (“as is”), as well as the two runners up in each category this time. champions 2014 --> product owner champion We have...
  • Blog Post: Two new special t-shirts for four special ALM Rangers!

    In 7 years of VSTS –> Visual Studio ALM Rangers history … a ...‎ we introduced our official shirts and custom t-shirts. It gives me great pleasure to introduce two new t-shirts and four special winners! winners Back Why Winners The winners responded to our call for success story in which the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Testing Mobile Applications using Perfecto Mobile's MobileCloud … v2 is available!

    We are pleased to announce the second revision of Device Testing , focused on mobile device testing using Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server along with our Industry Partners. This release uses Perfecto Mobile's unique cloud-based approach to mobile quality enablement, based on real devices and...
  • Blog Post: Looking for trend reporting against VS Online and more? Peruse the new TFS Reporting Guide!

    We are pleased to announce the release of TFS Reporting Guide v1, which will take you on a fascinating journey to discover the exciting and powerful reporting features provided by Team Foundation Server. This is v1 of a potentially long and evolutionary adventure. This guidance is focused on providing...
  • Blog Post: TFS Upgrade Guide comes out of silent BETA release and ships v3 for TFS 2013

    We are pleased to announce the release of TFS Upgrade Guide , v3 for practical guidance for an upgrade to TFS 2013. This guide is intended as a supplement to the Upgrade information found in the Team Foundation Server Installation and Administration guides. It is recommended to begin with the Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Pirates ship ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2.1 release for Windows 8.1

    We are pleased to announce the third release of ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2.1 to the Windows Store. “ Hello, fellow pirates!  Hopefully you have had a chance to use version 2.0 of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map application  and are enjoying the improvements that it brought over v1.0. Our...
  • Blog Post: Gordon Beeming joins the Visual Studio ALM Ranger 2013 Champions

    Gordon Beeming joins the champions that were announced back in January 2013 in ALM Ranger champion of champion award - MSDN Blogs . Gordon Beeming joined the family in July as an associate ALM Ranger, sweeping through projects such as the upcoming Upgrade Guide v3 and the Version Control Guide v3 like...
  • Blog Post: Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012

    A real gem! If you fire up your v1 (yes I am still running that one on my Surface RT) you may not notice the latest gem, but if you are running v2 of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map , wander through the guidance or use search to stumble over Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server , then...
  • Blog Post: Testing Mobile Applications using Perfecto Mobile's MobileCloud

    We are please to announce the release of the first version of the new Testing Mobile Applications using Perfecto Mobile's MobileCloud solution, which gives you the guidance and direction you need to understand testing of mobile device applications using a cloud based solution with full Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Planning your TFS deployment for TFS 2013 with the latest planning guide

    We are please to announce the release of the v1.3 TFS Planning and DR Avoidance Guide , which is focused on Team Foundation Server 2012 and 2013. Most of the concepts and guidance are backwards compatible—often identical—with Team Foundation Server 2010. A special thanks to the team and especially our...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship the Unit Test Generator v1 … now what?

    The Unit Test Generator is not about pure feature re-enablement, but instead embraces the new test architecture, provides additional functionality and support for other frameworks. - Joshua Weber, August 13, 2013. v1.0.13.0820 (RTM) has shipped! See aka.ms/ vsarNews3 , download and dog-food it today...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers dogfooding journal of the Team Foundation Service

    Are you looking for a magic cure-all for planning team environments in Visual Studio? If yes, you are not alone! The Visual Studio ALM Rangers have been dogfooding different models, infrastructures, and technologies since 2006 in search of a solution that meets their unique requirements for disconnected...
  • Blog Post: Update #2 for the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the second update to version (1.1.13.0202) of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in, adding support for Word 2013. This build is the first 2012-only build with support for Word 2013. It also includes fixes to some problems found since the first public...
  • Blog Post: Better Unit Testing with Test Code Generation: Kick-off!

    The ALM Rangers have completed the project “ kick-off ” meeting this morning, to address the Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option back idea on UserVoice as mentioned in the recent ALM Rangers Triage #3 - What happened to your idea in UserVoice report. Codename Raven … symbolizing knowledge,...
  • Blog Post: ALM Readiness Treasure Map … arrrrrrrrr!

    In September 2012 a small team of ALM Rangers got together and started what has turned out to be one of the most interesting and fun IT journeys I have experienced  to date and one that will potentially deliver immense value to the ALM community as a side effect. Why did we start the journey? When...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to all the Visual Studio ALM Ranger 2013 Champions

    Champions 2013 Congratulations to all the winners and also the runners up! You guys lead by example and inject the passion, commitment, expertise, empathy, trust and professionalism which fuels our phenomenal community! Brian Blackman wins the ALM Rangers Ruck Master Champion 2013 Award Tony Whitter...
  • Blog Post: Mike Fourie wins the ALM Rangers Champion of Champions 2013 Award

    Michael Fourie has been nominated by his peers and has won the Champion of Champions award for being the brightest star amongst ALM Rangers over the past twelve months, who we admire & respect. “Unedited” comments submitted with some of the nominations: No one matches the energy and enthusiasm that...
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