21 Jul 2015

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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.

19 Jul 2015

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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

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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.

DevOpsTraining

10 Jul 2015

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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

RDSPK03

8 Jul 2015

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Book: Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio ALM 2015

Fellow ALM MVPs Mathias Olausson and Jakob Ehn are in the process of writing a new book for publisher Apress. The new book titled “Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio ALM 2015” is in the early stages at the moment but should be available in Q3 2015. I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to help with the technical proofreading which means I am in the process of reading every single page very closely. The guys are doing a great job of authoring this book and it contains many real world examples that I am sure will help everyone reading this book when it comes out.

As soon as the book is available to order, I’ll be sure to blog about it so you can learn from these two knowledgeable and experienced ALM gurus.

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