15 Aug 2015


Presenting at VSLive Redmond and a special discount for VSLive New York


Earlier this week I have the privilege of presenting at the VSLive! conference held on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. The event was held in the Microsoft Conference Center which is a venue I’ve been in many times over the past few years.

MS Conference Center

This was my first VSLive event and I was very impressed with how well organised the event was. If you’re in the US and considering attending a developer conference, this is certainly a good one to consider. They have 6 events running across the US this year so you can choose to attend the event at a convenient time/location.

I presented the following two talks.

  1. Enhancing Application Quality Using Visual Studio 2015 Premium Features
  2. Not Your Grandfather’s Build – A Look at How Build Has Changed in 2015

A friend in the audience managed to take this photo during one the talks. (Thanks Jim)


I’m off to present these two talks again at the VSLive event in New York at the end of September. If you’re planning on coming along and haven’t registered yet, make sure to use the discount available using the special offer below.

SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, I can extend $400 savings on the 4-day package. Register here: http://bit.ly/NYSPK03Home

21 Jul 2015


TFS 2015 Installation Guide

Microsoft has traditionally published a “TFS Install and Administration Guide” in a convenient CHM form for download. At the time of writing these were available from on the Microsoft website here for 2012 & 2013. Unfortunately there is not an installation guide for 2015 in the list.

If you are looking to install TFS 2015, there is currently only a placeholder page on the MSDN website. You can find it here. Hopefully sometime soon this link will resolve to a nice set of installation steps. I suspect it might appear around the time TFS 2015 moves from Release Candidate 2 (RC2) to final release (RTM).

Once the installation guide for TFS 2015 is published I’ll update this post to point it the download link.

[UPDATE Aug 12th] I have just noticed that the installation instructions are now available on the Microsoft Website here. Still no word on if there will be a CHM version.

19 Jul 2015


Team Project Rename: Local workspace support for Visual Studio 2012, 2013 & 2015

Microsoft has been pretty good in terms of supporting functionality between different versions of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. While all the buzz at the moment is focused on the RTM release of Visual Studio 2015 (20th July), there are still many developers working on earlier versions of Visual Studio.

One of the most frequently requested features on the Connect website was to allow people to rename Team Projects in TFS and this was finally made possible in TFS 2015.

As part of the rename process, the steps required for each Visual Studio client are dependant on whether they are using Server workspaces or Local workspaces.

Server Workspaces

Updating of Server Workspaces is supported automatically on all versions of Visual Studio from 2010.

Local Workspaces

Updating of Local Workspaces is supported on the following which may require you to install a more recent update if you’re on Visual Studio 2012 or 2013.

  • Visual Studio 2015 (All versions)
  • Visual Studio 2013 (Rename support from Update 5 RC and later)
  • Visual Studio 2012 (Rename support from Update 5 RC and later)

Once you’ve made sure your clients using local workspaces are up to date you can follow the instructions on the MSDN website.

17 Jul 2015


VIDEO: A DevOps walkthrough using Visual Studio 2015

As part of the ANZ MVPs Tech Channel on Microsoft’s Channel 9 property, I have recorded a short video presentation titled “A DevOps walkthrough using Visual Studio 2015”. I’ve focused on two specific aspects of a good DevOps environment, namely Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery.

The video focuses on the new build system introduced in Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server 2015. While the video was recorded using TFS 2015 in an on-premises scenario, most of the steps are directly applicable to Visual Studio Online and Windows Azure.

Here’s a list of the things I covered in the video.

  • Create a new Agent Pool, install Build Agent and configure permissions
  • Create a new build definition and configure it to execute Unit Tests (Continuous Integration)
  • Package our the built website as a Web Deploy Package
  • Create a Machine Group and add a new test web server
  • Use PowerShell DSC to configure a basic web server (IIS, ASP.NET 4.5, Website & WebDeploy)
  • Use WebDeploy to deploy the site package to the newly configured Web Server
  • Auto deploy and configure the new Test Agent on our web server
  • Run Coded UI Tests and report results

Watch the video on Channel 9 by clicking the image below.

A DevOps Walkthrough

If you have any feedback or other topics you’d like to see in a video, please leave you feedback in the comments below.


10 Jul 2015


VSLive Redmond–Early bird is over but you can still save $500 off ticket price

Early Bird registrations have now closed for the Visual Studio Live! event on August 10-14 at Microsoft HQ in Redmond.

As a presenter I can help you save you $500 on the 5-day package. You just need to use my speaker code (RDSPK03) when you register to receive the discount.

Register here: http://bit.ly/RDSPK03REG

Here are the two sessions I’ll be presenting at the conference:

  1. Enhancing Application Quality Using Visual Studio 2015 Premium Features  
  2. Not Your Grandfather’s Build – A Look at How Build Has Changed in 2015


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