22 Jul 2013

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How to delete Team Projects on Team Foundation Service

After clicking around the administration screens in Team Foundation Service looking for a way to delete a Team Project, I looked more broadly for an answer. The answer is to use the tfsdeleteproject.exe from the command line. On a computer with Team Explorer 2012 installed, navigate to the following directory. C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0Common7IDE> Now you’ll use the tfsdeleteproject command and specify both the URL to your collection on Team Foundation Service and the name of the Team project you wish to delete. tfsdeleteproject /collection:https://yourname.visualstudio.com/defaultcollection projname Remember to substitute your account name in the URL and replace projname with the name of the team...

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13 Jul 2013

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Top rated pre-con at TechEd Europe 2013

Yesterday I received an email congratulating me on delivering the highest rated pre-conference seminar at TechEd Europe 2013. There is a lot of preparation work that goes into getting a good pre-con written, rehearsed and delivered so hearing that attendees really valued and appreciated the work makes it all worthwhile. My pre-con entitled “Kickstart Your Application Management with Team Foundation Server 2012” was ranked 1st out of 13 pre-conference seminars at TechEd Europe. I would like to thank everyone that attended my pre-con and I certainly appreciate the positive feedback you have provided for the session. As an added bonus...

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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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19 May 2013

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Microsoft’s ALM Certification – Part 2 of 3

Welcome to the second of my three part series on Microsoft’s new MCSD – Application Lifecycle Management certification. In the first part of this series I provided information about the certification as well as some guidance on how to prepare for the 70-496 exam. In this article, we’ll move on to how to prepare for the 70-497 exam. NOTE: You do not need to complete the exams in a specific order. I’d suggest you start with the one you’re most confident on and then move through the remaining two. Exam 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012 This is Microsoft’s...

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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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8 Apr 2013

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Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012 Jump Start

Fellow Visual Studio ALM MVP, Steven Borg and I will be teaming up to present a free one-day Jump Start online training course on May 1st, 2013. This course will be offered through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, a cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Technologies and hosted on the latest Microsoft Azure technology. Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012 (exam 70-498) Jump Start This course follows the criteria for exam 70-498 and will provide accelerated preparation for this important exam in the MCSD: ALM track. Find out more about this Jump Start and register now on the Microsoft website here....

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8 Apr 2013

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All TFS 2012 courses now updated with VS2012.2 content

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 on the 4th April 2013. Like the previous update, this one contained a wealth of new and improved features. During the past few months during the various CTP releases of this update, we’ve been busily updating our course content to ensure it is completely up to date with all new features and changes in this update. Today we’re pleased to announce that all of our TFS 2012 courses have now been updated to include content for the release version of Visual Studio 2012 update 2. You can download Update 2 from the Microsoft...

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27 Feb 2013

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Microsoft’s ALM Certification–Part 1 of 3

Welcome to the first of a three part series I’m writing to help readers learn about Microsoft’s new ALM certification and the three exams required to gain this certification. In this article I’ll introduce you to the new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Application Lifecycle Management certification and then focus on the 70-496 exam. The second article will focus on exam taking tips and then look closely at exam 70-497. The final article will cover exam 70-498 and how to make the most of your new certification. Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Application Lifecycle Management At the ALM Summit in Redmond...

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12 Nov 2012

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Power Tools are your best friend

Power tools are an awesome way for Microsoft teams to release out-of-band utilities and tools that can really help round out rough edges and missing features from a product. Here are a few of the Power Tools you should really consider installing if you use any of these products. Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012 (NEW) The Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2010 were both very popular and very useful for any developer using Visual Studio 2010. The long wait for the updated 2012 version of these great power tools is now over. Read the full details on The Visual Studio...

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7 Nov 2012

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New first-run testing course heads to Sydney

January sees one of our new TFS 2012 courses running for the first time in Sydney. This new course is focused on Test Automation, Web Performance and Load Testing using Visual Studio 2012. This is a completely new course that was created when we split the existing TFS 2010 testing course into two courses for 2012. We have increased both the breadth and depth of content in the courses to provide even better learning outcomes. You can download the courses outlines for the courses from the ALM Training website. Test Automation, Web Performance and Load Testing with Visual Studio 2012 - NEW Software...

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1 Nov 2012

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Becoming a Microsoft Quality Enablement Specialist

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to sit for Microsoft exam 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012. Having successfully passed this exam (my 56th MS exam), I am now officially a Microsoft Quality Enablement Specialist. Here’s a copy of the certificate. From the Microsoft Learning website, they state the audience for this exam is software testers. Typically those people that manage the process of running tests, creating and monitoring bugs, and managing and mitigating issues that a software organization has in controlling test coverage for project requirements. In short, basically it focuses on Microsoft Test Manager 2012. What’s the best...

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29 Oct 2012

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Microsoft exam 70-497 preparation

Microsoft has recently release three new exams for TFS 2012. This is a big change from the single exam that has been available for previous versions of TFS. As the author of 6 comprehensive training courses for TFS 2012, I wanted to let anyone studying to take the 70-497 exam know that the following 2-day course is a great way to prepare yourself to take the exam. Software Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012(View course outline | Download Course outline – PDF) The course pre-dated the release of the exam and the primary purpose of the course...

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