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1410, 2014

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

By |October 14th, 2014|Certification, TFS2013|1 Comment

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 […]

2201, 2014

New TFS 2013 training courses kicking off in the US next week

By |January 22nd, 2014|TFS2013, Training|0 Comments

Since the official release of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 in November we’ve been testing our newest course updates and we’re pleased to be launching our new 2013 courses next week. If you either working with, or you’re thinking of working with Microsoft’s latest release then you should take a look at the following courses. (US dates given these are running in the US) All scheduled courses are guaranteed to run. 01/27/2014 – 3 days TFS 2013 Configuration & Administration Info | Register 01/30/2014 – 2 days TFS 2013 Developer Fundamentals Info | Register 02/03/2014 – 5 days ALM Solutions Using Visual Studio TFS 2013 Info | Register 02/10/2014 – […]

2011, 2013

Visual Studio 2013 ALM training in Australia

By |November 20th, 2013|TFS2013, Training|0 Comments

Is your team working as effectively as possible using Microsoft’s Visual Studio ALM stack? Enhance ALM is delivering a number of their recently launched Visual Studio 2013 ALM courses in Australia in early 2014.

NOTE: Attend in person in Brisbane or attend remotely from anywhere in Australia


TFS 2013 Developer Fundamentals (2 days 24th – 25th Feb)
TFS 2013 Configuration and Administration (3 days 26th – 28th Feb)

MARCH 2014

Managing Projects with Visual Studio TFS 2013 (2 days 10th-11th Mar)
Software Testing with Visual Studio 2013 (3 days 12th-14th Mar)

Find out more or register…

1111, 2013

Downloaded the TFS 2013 RTM ISO? May need to re-download

By |November 11th, 2013|General, TFS2013|1 Comment

At the end of last week Microsoft updated the TFS 2013 RTM ISO and web download installers on the MSDN website. This means that if you downloaded the ISO prior to November 9th, 2013, you might be well advised to delete your initial download and download it again. The reason provided for the updated installers was that they found two bugs that they wanted to address broadly. Updating the installers was a logical choice. Bugs fixed in the updated installer related to; Red error box when using Code (version control) in the web UI Unable to install into a custom path You can read more about this in the following blog post from Buck […]

411, 2013

Visual Studio 2013 courses now available

By |November 4th, 2013|General, Training|1 Comment

Now that Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation 2013 are available for our software development teams, it is time to announce our range of courses to help your team take full advantage of these new releases. The following courses are now available starting in Australia and the United States. Application Lifecycle Management solutions using TFS 20135-days | More information | Download course outline Managing Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 20132-days | More information | Download course outline Software Testing with Visual Studio 20133-days | More information | Download course outline TFS 2013 Configuration and Administration3-days | More information | Download course outline TFS 2013 Developer Fundamentals2-days | […]

209, 2013

TechEd Australia 2013–Learn all about Team Foundation Service

By |September 2nd, 2013|TechEd|1 Comment

This week, TechEd Australia 2013 is once again at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. I wanted to highlight some sessions that might be of particular interest for anyone wanting to get to know more about Microsoft’s Team Foundation Service. The Service provides a great hosted offering for development teams wanting the power of Team Foundation Server without the overhead of self-hosting it. In addition to not having to host the server yourself, the Service provides elastic build and load testing capabilities with next to no setup required.

Start your TechEd Team Foundation Service experience with an instructor-led lab where you hands-on knowledge of getting started with the service.
Get Started with Team Foundation Service (ILL)
When: Wednesday 9:45am
Where: […]