24 Feb 2015

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Installing TFS 2015 CTP1–A quick video walkthrough in <3 minutes

Brian Harry announced today on his blog that Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 and TFS 2015 CTP 1 were both available for download. As you can see from the CTP numbers, there have been a number previous CTPs for Visual Studio but this is the first time we’ve got to take a look at TFS 2015.I have recorded a very quick video showing how to install TFS 2015 CTP1 on a fresh installation of Windows Server 2012 R2. It covers installing SQL 2014 followed by TFS 2015 CTP1. I finish off by creating a new Team Project using Visual Studio 2015...

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2 Jan 2015

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Re-awarded Microsoft MVP for a 9th year

2015 started in  positive way with news today that Microsoft have re-awarded me as a Visual Studio ALM MVP for the next 12 months. This is the 9th year that Microsoft have acknowledged the contributions I make to the community in the Visual Studio ALM discipline. Congratulations to all the other new and renewed MVPs that have also found out today. Its a great community to belong to....

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15 Dec 2014

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

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...

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7 Dec 2014

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Take a quick 2 minute survey to help the ALM Rangers

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...

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22 Apr 2014

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

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...

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11 Nov 2013

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

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...

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4 Nov 2013

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Visual Studio 2013 courses now available

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...

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9 Aug 2013

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20 years ago today I sat my first Microsoft exam

Twenty years ago today (9th Aug 2013) I sat my very first Microsoft certification exam. The exam was none other than exam 001 – Introduction to MS-DOS & Microcomputer Hardware. I had to travel a little over two hours to reach the exam centre in my nearest capital city and fortunately I passed the exam so I didn’t waste the trip. Following exam 001, I took two more exams in 1993 which were Word for Windows 2 and Windows 3.1. These three together earned me a Microsoft Certified Professional title and a 4 digit MCP ID. Since 1993, I have passed a...

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7 Jul 2013

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A personal look back at TechEd 2013 (New Orleans and Madrid)

This year I had the pleasure of being invited to present a one day pre-conference seminar at Microsoft’s TechEd conferences in North America (New Orleans) and Europe (Madrid). While I have worked at quite a few TechEd’s in the US, this was only the second year I was presenting.  In addition to the pre-con, I also presented an instructor-led lab (twice) that I wrote on “Getting started with Team Foundation Service”. The opportunity to be involved with a technical conference, especially overseas, is fantastic. As part of our duties are presenters, we’re required to help out on the Visual...

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23 Jun 2013

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Free training to help you gain Microsoft ALM Certification

During May this year, Steven Borg and I recorded three full day JumpStart sessions for Microsoft Virtual Academy. These JumpStarts were designed to help people prepare for (and hopefully pass) the three exams required for the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Application Lifecycle Management certification. I should also mention that the three one-day courses are completely FREE! Each course comprises a number of modules of approximately 60 minutes each. You can also try yourself on a few self check questions after each module if you wish. Administering Visual Studio TFS 2012 (exam 496) Jump Start Software Testing with Visual...

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11 Apr 2013

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TFS 2012 Pre-conference workshop at TechEd 2013

I received some great news a little while ago that I have been selected to present a one day pre-conference workshop at TechEd 2013 in both North America (New Orleans) and Europe (Madrid). If you’re planning on attending TechEd this year, why not head in a day early and get some great hands on experience using Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012. The breakout sessions and keynotes are always great but for many, a day spent getting hands-on with Microsoft’s ALM platform might be just what you need. The pre-conference workshop I am delivering is titled “Kickstart Your Application...

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2 Jan 2013

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ALM MVP for a 7th year

January 1st is one of 4 dates during the year when Microsoft announce their new and renewed Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). As someone that was awarded on the January 1st, it means the year starts off with a regular scan of my emails to see if my community contributions have been sufficient to be re-awarded. To be clear the reward is in the fact that I can look back over the past twelve months and look at the many contributions I have made to the ALM community. The MVP award is just a nice acknowledgement of this. The Visual Studio...

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