13 Apr 2015

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ALM Forum Seattle May 18-22, 2015 – Pre conference workshop

The ALM Forum is happening in Seattle in around 5 weeks from now and I am scheduled to deliver one of the pre-conference workshops. This year I have decided to deliver a workshop with a goal to help bring people up to date with all the recent updates and improvements that Microsoft have rolled out in the Visual Studio product suite. Let me tell you, there are PLENTY!In writing this workshop, I have discovered that there have been a huge number of improvements in the product. I have seen announcements about all of the updates but when you start listing...

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12 Mar 2015

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Microsoft is committed to BOTH Git AND Team Foundation Version Control

In both the classroom while training and in the field while consulting over the past year I have heard all sorts of rumours about Microsoft moving away from Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) over to Git. I have even had students in my class struggling with a change to Git and when asked why they were changing they answered “because Microsoft is moving away from TFVC”.  The incorrect assumptions that people have been making are often leading to incorrect choices when it comes to choosing a version control provider.I do not have anything against Git or TFVC - they both...

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9 Mar 2015

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Build, Release Management & AppInsights online course in European timezone

Are you interested in learning about Build, Release Management and Application Insights? Our popular course is running in a couple of weeks as an online course in the Eastern European time zone. You can attend remotely from your home or office and increase your knowledge in these “in-demand” topics.To register visit the registration page and download the course outline for more information.If the times/dates don’t suit you or your team, Ask Shane for alternatives dates and courses you can attend....

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14 Oct 2014

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

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....

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13 Apr 2014

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Configuring on-premises Build server for Visual Studio Online

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...

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4 Apr 2014

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Application Insights Training

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...

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1 Mar 2014

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Error installing Release Management Client

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...

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22 Jan 2014

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

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 -...

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20 Nov 2013

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Visual Studio 2013 ALM training in Australia

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 FEBRUARY 2014 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…...

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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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