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1512, 2014

Build for the cloud, using the cloud: A look at Visual Studio Online

By |December 15th, 2014|General, Presentations|0 Comments

At TechEd Australia 2014 in Sydney this year I presented a session titled “Build for the cloud, using the cloud: A look at Visual Studio Online”. This video is available on Microsoft’s Channel9 property for anyone interested in watching it.Here’s the session abstract.Configuring a development environment, including a version control repository and build environment, can be complicated and time consuming. Using Visual Studio Online, you can go from zero to online in just 40 minutes! Developers will love just how quick and easy getting started really is. In this demo-heavy session, we start from scratch and quickly build up a solution using Microsoft Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, and Microsoft Azure. We’ll store our code […]

712, 2014

Take a quick 2 minute survey to help the ALM Rangers

By |December 7th, 2014|General|0 Comments

If you can spare 2 minutes in the next couple of days, could you please take a quick look at the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Unit Test Generator “quick poll” survey? You may recall that up to and including Visual Studio 2010 you could right-click on a method and choose “Generate Unit test” from the context menu. This simply created the scaffolding for you to write your unit tests. It was a simple thing but it has been missed a little by the community. The ALM Rangers are considering a project to bring this back and need your input to determine if you would find it useful and what it should do if the […]

2510, 2014

ALM Forum 2015 conference – Seattle May 18-22, 2015

By |October 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The ALM Forum conference is happening again in Seattle in May 2015. This conference is a must-see event for serious ALM practitioners especially those focusing on the Microsoft ALM suite.The event is moving from the Washington State Convention Center to the Bells Harbor Conference Center which is around a 7min drive away. For those people familiar with the Seattle waterfront, the conference center is halfway between the Seattle Aquarium and where the Victoria Clippers depart from.Registration for the ALM Forum has just opened on the event website. Here are some important dates to remember for some great savings if you act soon.Super Early Bird ($1295) for registrations up until December 1st.Conference Early Bird ($1595) for […]

2510, 2014

Should MVA Jumpstarts cover most/all of an exam?

By |October 25th, 2014|Certification, Training|0 Comments

On a recent comment on one of my blog posts, a reader wrote the following;Been trough the jumpstart and since my collagues also have been trough them and tried out the exam also. Seems Jumps start is not covering anymore the areas the exam nowadays includes. Seems more and more TFS 2013 related questions are coming in exams. Hearing what was in the exam from collagues (“best” example was around 15 questions of 48 were not covered by current jumps start at all) I am a bit worried if I should go and try anyhow.Is there anything of this uncovered area available (I have the current (TFSadmin and TFS instal helps available aleready)? Or plans […]

2210, 2014

Save 15% off your Microsoft exams before the end of 2014

By |October 22nd, 2014|Certification|0 Comments

While I put the finishing touches on part two of the exam 70-499 exam prep guide, I wanted to share the news of a discount on Microsoft certification exams that is available for exams between now and December 31, 2014.If you’re preparing for the MCSD:ALM Recertification exam (70-499) or any of the other exams on the Microsoft Certification exam list, a little discount isn’t a bad thing.To find out more about how to get the discount, visit the Born to Learn Blog. If you are preparing for 70-499, you can read part one of my prep guide now with the next part only a day or two away.

1410, 2014

Microsoft exam 70-499 preparation guide (Part 1 of 3)

By |October 14th, 2014|Certification, TFS2013|2 Comments

Accelerate your exam preparation for 70-499 using this three part series over the next two weeks. Our help study links will help you pass Microsoft Exam 70-499, the recertification exam for the MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management certification.
Before we begin
If you are looking for a brain dump of this exam you’re in the wrong place. Brain dumps devalue the certification by allowing people to pass the exam using memory rather than knowledge. People who write brain dumps are also in breach of the electronic NDA they sign before commencing the exam and risk being stripped of the exam result and certification. It’s just not worth it.
Exam 70-499 overview
Microsoft 70-499 is recertification exam for people already holding […]

2204, 2014

New courses on Build, Release Management, Application Insights and Scrum

By |April 22nd, 2014|Application Insights, Build, General, Release Management, Training|3 Comments

At the ALM Forum 2014 in Seattle earlier this month, I launched two new courses designed to help make your development team more successful using Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2013 suite. I’m pleased to announce now that in addition to the new US dates, we now have dates for the first run courses in Australia. While both courses will initially be run in Brisbane, you can attend these remotely from anywhere in Australia/New Zealand. Read this great blog post from one of the heads of the Visual Studio ALM Rangers. He recently attended one of the US courses remotely and has shared his experience in this blog post. Build, Release, and Monitor Software Using Visual Studio […]

1304, 2014

Configuring on-premises Build server for Visual Studio Online

By |April 13th, 2014|Build, Release Management, TFS2013|4 Comments

In this post I am going to walk you through installing TFS 2013 build services on a local (on-premises) server and connecting it to your Visual Studio Online account. Before I get into it, I want to point out that Visual Studio Online (VSO) provides a great Hosted Build Controller that allows you to build your applications using an on-demand, dynamically provisioned virtual machine running on Azure. So why would you want to use your own build server if one is so easily available to you in VSO? There can be quite a few reason including: You want to use VSO for your development team but need to deploy your application inside your […]

404, 2014

Application Insights Training

By |April 4th, 2014|Application Insights, Release Management, TFS2013, Training|0 Comments

Over the past few months I have been very impressed with the Application Insights feature in Visual Studio Online. I was so impressed I have presented talks to three user groups in Australia all about the feature to share my enthusiasm with the local community. To help people get started using this feature, I have made it part of the newest course I have developed and announced at the ALM Forum in Seattle this week. Build, Release and Monitor software using Visual Studio 2013 This 3-day course is an introductory (Level 200) look at the following three technologies and how you can best use them to improve your processes. Team Build Release Management […]

103, 2014

Error installing Release Management Client

By |March 1st, 2014|Release Management, TFS2013|0 Comments

I was installing Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 with Update 1 today and had an issue that I haven’t seen before. Installing the Release Management server went fine but when I tried to install the Release Management client and connect it to TFS, I received the following error message. The server specified could not be reached. Please ensure the information that is entered is valid (please contact your Release Management administrator for assistance). Here’s the dialog box showing the error. I checked the usual things – I hadn’t mistyped anything, name resolution was fine, the port was open in the firewall etc. I then tried accessing the service directly from a browser where […]