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  • Blog Post: Extracting effective permissions from TFS whitepaper and sample

    We are pleased to announce that the release of the Extracting effective permissions from TFS research findings, packaged in a whitepaper and samples , based on a prototype , not a production solution. where is the stuff? where is security auditing research feedback? We have completed, but not yet made...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server Word Add-in goes OSS as a “sample”

    We are pleased to announce that the release of Team Foundation Server Word Add-in as a sample solution, based on a prototype , not a production solution. Moving to OSS will allow the community to use it in their own ways. where is the stuff? related solutions Review these and other solutions, if you...
  • Blog Post: Many Git Repositories, but one Team Project to rule them all

    One of our current objectives is to dogfood one Team Project, with one default and eight feature Teams, each with its own Git repository, as shown below. huh … ? Here are a few questions you may be pondering over. The answers in italic are my “2 cents”, until the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging...
  • Blog Post: Ranger Flash – October 2014 embraces config as code followed by MVP special

      You can find the latest flight plan snapshot at aka.ms/vsarFlightPlan news Config as Code for DevOps and ALM practitioners , v1, delivered practical, scenario-based guidance for the use of PowerShell desired state configuration (DSC) to design, develop and deploy custom configuration as code resources...
  • 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: TFS on Azure (IAAS) Planning and Ops Guide v1.4.2 update published

    We are pleased to announce that the v1.4.2 update of the TFS Planning and DR Avoidance Guide which includes revisions based on real-world feedback. The only artefacts affected by this update is the TFS on Azure IaaS Guide pdf, and the everything zip package, which includes all the guides, planning workbook...
  • Blog Post: TFS upgrade guide revision and the new process guidance paper landed safely

    A quick summary of recent releases (landings) of ALM Ranger solutions and other flights we were involved in: TFS Upgrade Guide v3.3 revision , includes feedback from the field, a few typo/grammar corrections and additional guidance steps. Last update was made to the guidance on 2014/09/10. Flight code...
  • Blog Post: Pirates ship ALM Readiness Treasure Map v3 release for Windows 8.1

    We are pleased to announce the third major release of ALM Readiness Treasure Map v3 to the Windows Store. “ Greetings fellow pirates!  The ship has now sailed on v3 of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map!  We're excited to share this new version with you, as we have included the ability to update...
  • Blog Post: ¿Habla Español? … Version Control Guides v3

    Juan Maria Lao took it upon himself to translate the three available version control guides to Spanish. The result is are three eBooks that will deliver immense value to the Spanish speaking communities in Spain and Latin America. Juan, you “ROCK” as always! Explore Juan’s blog: http://speakingin.net...
  • Blog Post: Building a Release Pipeline with TFS 2012 now includes HOLs for TFS 2013

    We are pleased to announce that the Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012 hands-on labs now support both TFS 2012 and 2013 . what’s next? There are currently no plans to further enhance the book, hands-on labs or sample application. Our focus will be shifted to other DevOps initiatives...
  • Blog Post: ¿Habla Español? … Testing Unitario con Microsoft® Fakes v1.2

    Juan Maria does it again by updating the localised Testing Unitario con Microsoft® Fakes v1.1 guide and releasing v1.2 - Better Unit Testing with MS Fakes (Spanish) . English –> Español –> Explore Juan’s blog: http://speakingin.net !
  • Blog Post: TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS guidance embraces build

    We are pleased to announce that the v1.4 BETA of the TFS Planning and DR Avoidance Guide now included the build supplement and the team is essentially “content complete”. what’s new? We now include practical, scenario-based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation Server (TFS) on Azure Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Version Control Guidance v3.0 flight has landed delivering three great guides and lots of visuals

    We are pleased to announce that the v3.0 of the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide has shipped, after Bill Heys completed the intensive copy-editing. v3.BETA   –> stable v3.0! Also see: The first Rangers guide emerges from new copy-edit program … worth it? Delving into the new Version...
  • Blog Post: The first Rangers guide emerges from new copy-edit program … worth it?

    The Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide team has refreshed the v3.BETA - Visual Studio 2013 download as shown below, by replacing the Branching Strategies eBook with the copy-edited and FINAL version. loosely coupled copy-edit phase Based on the proposed innovations to the v1.2 Ruck guidance...
  • 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: Delving into the new Version Control Guidance … what’s changed (1) and where is Git?

    As mentioned in Version Control guidance v3.BETA flight has landed the team has done a great job re-organising and updating the guidance.  Other than the “cool” cover, what has really changed under the hood / bonnet? separate guides The separate guides are all based on the crisp eBook template created...
  • 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: Software Development with Feature Toggles

    Bill Heys is cooking up a storm! He just published his latest articles focused on feature toggling in the May edition of MSDN Magazine, which is a “must read”.  COWABUNGA Bill and thank you for a great article !
  • Blog Post: What happened to the vsarPlanningGuide and vsarVersionControl silent releases?

    We introduced the concept of silent releases‎ introducing  early BETA bits to a small group of “friends”, for early feedback and possible re-alignment. Two projects have received invaluable feedback, which means that we will continue the concept. However, for two projects it is time to prepare for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure – 101 Stuff and a mention of our TFS on Azure IaaS POC

    Our TFS on Azure IaaS proof-of-concept  (POC), and more recently the merging, editing and reviewing of the practical walkthrough guide, has suggested that some of the Azure stuff deserves some 101 introduction. Here is a summary view of all the services on our POC: … or a more classic view: But...
  • Blog Post: What’s cooking in the ALM Rangers home?

    We are completing the seventh triage and are on the verge of starting the new project wave. We currently have a few great projects in-flight, a few with landing lights on and getting ready to bring out the landing gear. Flight – vsarVersionControl … remember Bill Heys cooking up a branching strategy...
  • 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: Localised video gems for Visual Studio 2013 … get the popcorn!

    There is a great collection of Visual Studio 2013, available in several languages, developed by the Cloud & Enterprise Intl. Team . Special mention for Carsten Kneip, for making me aware of these gems on Channel9, and Shawn Donat, for being the main driver. Important : “Error: Unsupported video type...
  • Blog Post: Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes – eBook update v1.2 posted

    Thanks to Michael Fourie , we have been able to action the backlog of community feedback for recent versions and package as part of the v1.2 eBook update. where can I get the new stuff? what has changed? Issue Reported on Resolution Assembly not loaded properly CodePlex Issue No-Repro . Have closed and...
  • 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...
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