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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: 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: Widgets rule … but how do you find them and do authors care about feedback?

    My experience in why the Visual Studio NEWS extension is nothing to ignore or sneeze at made me realise that the widgets, extensions and tools that extend Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server are invaluable. Discoverability is an issue, gathering actionable feedback and remembering to regularly use...
  • Blog Post: Controlled Vocabulary 101 … typed at the most stunning office!

    Yesterday I enjoyed listening to Hyper-V, PowerShell and other 933>| m (aka geeky) MVPs sharing their knowledge, experience and passion at the Canadian MVP Days Community Roadshow 2014 . During one of the breaks, I needed a quick reboot break and sat at the harbour, in what must be the most beautiful...
  • 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: Integrating “News” in the VS IDE … a cool extension update!

    Utkarsh Shigihalli and Tarun Arora released v1.2 of the News extension , which allows you to get Visual Studio Online news and updates inside Visual Studio. What I noticed immediately is the option of not only keeping track of Visual Studio Online Updates and Visual Studio Service Blogs, but also selecting...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Community Widgets (aka.ms/widgets)

    Based on popular demand, we have restarted a list of cool, productive and recommended community widgets for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server recommended by the Visual Studio ALM Rangers . The listed widgets are either free or available on trial . The list will be updated monthly. Last update...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator v1.3 and a chat about its origin and future

    We are pleased to announce that the v1.3 of the Unit Test Generator has shipped. It is a bug-fix revision and does not introduce new features. why bug fix? This bug fix release addresses and resolves an elusive gremlin: Bug 9814: Unit test generator breaks nuget [ vsarguidance: 20485 ] and finally brings...
  • Blog Post: Visibility and transparency is key to effective teams … taking a closer look at the flight plan status board

    When we walk into any bus, train, ship or airport terminal we typically venture to the arrivals or departure board to quickly discover the status of the vessel we are interested in. Some are crisp, while others are often daunting … especially if you are looking for a connecting flight with a short stop...
  • 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: 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: Unit Test Generator v1.2 and Tim’s Gremlins

    The vsarUnitTestFx (Unit Test Generator) team has just finished the testing of the latest version of the extension v1.2. Start exploring the extension by Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC . v1.2 – What’s New? Similar to v1.1 this latest release is a bug fix release, which resolves...
  • Blog Post: Robert shows us what was involved to upgrade the ALM Treasure Map for Windows 8.1

    Robert MacLean from the vsarTreasureMap team gives us a quick tour of the changes made to the ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2 to get it ready for Windows 8.1. What do you think of this new, (fun?) and fast paced tour through upgrade, UX and coding changes? Related ALM Readiness Treasure Map Blogs
  • Blog Post: Vladimir talks about Microsoft Fakes and Team Build on his new English blog

    Vladimir Gusarov recently stepped forward (he always does if there is a debugging challenge) to investigate why the builds for the TFS Branch Tool turned red (failed) even though no changes were made to the code base … “obviously nothing has changed” … Vladimir has been blogging in Russian for years...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator v1.1 resolves two bugs

    The vsarUnitTestFx (Unit Test Generator) team has just finished the testing of the latest version of the extension v1.1. The Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC is still a good “getting started” post and also shows how to use the configuration dialog, which does not show by default....
  • Blog Post: Practical guidance on the concepts of DevOps, continuous delivery and release management

    The ALM Rangers introduced the DevOps Workbench solution and practical guidance in collaboration with the Patterns & Practices book Building a Release Pipeline with TFS , as a great way to start learning the concepts of DevOps & Release Management for TFS 2012 and to kick the tires. Introducing...
  • 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: Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC

    We are busy with final signing of the Unit Test Generator release candidate (RC), previously discussed in Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx ...‎ and Announcing the Unit Test Generator Visual Studio Extension BETA‎ . In this post we will take a peek at some of the features...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Unit Test Generator Visual Studio Extension BETA

    With Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx ...‎ we met the first of three major milestones when we shipped the internal Alpha. Today our product owner gave us the and announced the public Beta. Here is a copy of his announcement: I’d like to announce the Beta release of the...
  • Blog Post: Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension Article by Mike Fourie

    Michael Fourie takes us on adventure of extending the Visual Studio Team Explorer in a captivating MSDN Magazine article. Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 … but there is more. As part of the article Mike created a productivity Visual Studio Extension that is a “must have”. Sample Code (as referenced...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Ranger Solutions Catalogue (aka.ms/vsarsolutions)

    The following catalogue summarizes the Visual Studio ALM Rangers out-of-band supported | service mode | retired | community solutions for feature gaps and value-add guidance for the ALM community. Last update: 2014-12-09 For more solutions by the ALM Rangers, please see:       Assets ...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx

    Once you’ve moved to Visual Studio 2012, what’s a dev to do without the Create Unit Tests feature? Based on the high demand on User Voice for this feature to be restored, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers have introduced the vsarUnitTestFx Visual Studio Extension. It is time that we talk about this exciting...
  • Blog Post: TFS Branch Tool goes “Community”

    Mattias Sköld has released the TFS Community Branch Tool Visual Studio Extension , based on the ALM Rangers Quick Response Sample ALM Rangers Branch Tool Visual Studio extension. The goal of this solution is to enable TFS users to implement a consistent branching model as part of team project or team...
  • 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: TFSBranchTool – Two videos by a phenomenal team

    The following team … … has released two videos which will help you understand and enjoy the quick response solution TFSBranchTool: See Channel 9 Video by Brian Keller and Micheal Learned for a great demo. See RangersTalk - An insight into the inner world of the Quick Response TFS Branch Tool by the team...
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