14 Sep 2010

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Microsoft Scrum 1.0 Process Template–Watch the videos

In my role as an ALM Consultant/Trainer, I regularly go onto new client sites to assist them in their adoption of Microsoft Team Foundation Server. I also help them choose a suitable process template and often do the customisation of the template to better fit their unique needs. I am still surprised by the number of sites that don’t even know of Microsoft’s Scrum process template. While it is not a silver bullet and may not suit every organisations needs, it does provide a great option for teams looking to adopt Scrum practises. Rich Hundhausen, author of the Scrum Developer...

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12 Sep 2010

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TFS 2010 Power Tools + TFS Backup and Restore Hands on Lab

[Update: 23rd Sep 2010. Microsoft recommend NOT backing up SharePoint with the Power Tool until the Power Tools are updated. More info] ----------------------------- Last week Microsoft released an updated version of the Team Foundation Server 2010 Power Tools. This new (September) release includes a new Power Tool as well as updates to three of the existing Power Tools. NEW – Team Foundation Server Backups Updated - Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Best Practices Analyzer Updated – Team Explorer Enhancements Updated – Team Foundation Power Tool (TFPT.EXE) You can download and read more about the new Power Tools on the download page on Visual Studio Gallery. If you...

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18 Aug 2010

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Canberra–“Mastering Testing with VS2010” just 3wks away

Enhance ALM will be delivering their popular 2-day “Mastering Testing with Visual Studio 2010” course in Canberra on the 8th & 9th September. This course is designed for anyone wanting to get up to speed on the exciting new testing features in Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Test Professional 2010. Module 1: Introduction to Agile Testing Module 2: A lap around Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Module 3: Working with Microsoft Test Manager Module 4: Manual Test recording and playback Module 5: Test Automation and Coded UI Testing Module 6: Web Performance and Load Testing ...

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26 Jun 2010

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How to avoid a possible TFS 2005/8 to TFS 2010 upgrade issue

Brian Harry has blogged about a potential issue that can occur when you upgrade an existing TFS 2005 or TFS 2008 server to TFS 2010. The issue is only likely to effect a very small number of upgrades and applying a quick patch before you upgrade will remove the risk altogether. For all the details read Brian Harry’s blog post entitled “TFS 2010 Upgrade Issue”....

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18 Jun 2010

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New TFS2010 – Configuration and Administration course released

One of the things I frequently find myself doing is delivering training to clients as part of TFS consulting engagements. During the TFS/VS Beta 2 period, I had four courses I regularly ran for clients. Based on my experience running these courses on the Beta release, I have significantly updated two of the four courses so far and expect to have the remaining two released by the end of June. I wanted to talk about the TFS2010 – Configuration and Administration course in this post. This course has gone from one day to two days in duration to...

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17 Jun 2010

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Lab Management error: TF259115

While preparing a demonstration of Lab Management today I experienced an error I hadn’t seen before. The error message occurred when I created a new Virtual Environment and attempted to deploy to an existing host group using Lab Center. The error message looked like this: and the text was as follows: TF259115: Team Foundation Server could not find any suitable host to deploy the virtual machine: Win2K8R2x64IIS. More details: All the hosts in the host group had one or more of the following inadequacies: Memory requirement of the virtual machine(s) exceeds the available host resources. The placement policy...

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13 Jun 2010

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New TFS 2010 exam released: 70-512

Microsoft have just released a new exam targeted at IT Professionals that install and administer Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010. The exam is one of the Technical Specialist exams and is only the second TFS focused exam released. The full title of the exam is: 70-512: TS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration Once you successfully complete the exam, you will complete the requirements for the following certification: MCTS: Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server, Administration You can find out all about the exam on the Microsoft Learning website. If you’re in Australia, a great way...

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10 Jun 2010

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Upcoming User Group presentations in New Zealand – VS2010 Testing

Later this month I will have the pleasure of presenting at three user groups in New Zealand. For those of you not familiar with the user group community in New Zealand, it is one of the most well organised and cohesive developer communities I am aware of. These are the dates and locations where I will be presenting for those of you in NZ and interested in attending. Monday 21st June – VSTS Users Group, Wellington Tuesday 22nd June – North Shore .NET Users Group, Auckland Tuesday 29th June – Christchurch .NET Users Group, Christchurch The session I will be presenting at each of these...

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21 Mar 2010

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Silverlight support in Manual test Record and Playback and Coded UI tests

Ram Cherala, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation, has recently provided an update on what’s happening as far as support for Silverlight testing goes. If you’re not aware, the Manual test “record and playback” feature and the Coded UI tests do not currently support Silverlight. Here’s what Ram had to say. Whenever we talk about platform coverage for UI automation one of the frequent requests is support for Silverlight app testing. We have been hard at work trying to cater to this need and I wanted to update you all on where we are with this...

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19 Feb 2010

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Updated VM Prep Tool for Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RC

When you’re preparing your virtual machine for use in a lab managed environment, there are a number  of steps that need to be done to each virtual machine. To enable testing, build-deploy-test workflow and network isolation capabilities on the Lab Environments, you need to install Visual Studio Test Agent, Visual Studio Lab Agent and Team Foundation Build Agent on VMs and templates that are part of the Lab Environments. The good news is there’s a great tool that has just been updated to work with the RC release. This VM Prep Tool takes care of installing and...

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9 Feb 2010

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Visual Studio 2010 RC now available on MSDN

If you’re interested in looking at the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010 and you have an MSDN Subscription, you’ll be pleased to know you can now download the RC from the Subscriber download site. ...

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18 Jan 2010

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Australian ALM Conference – New dates and registration is now open

Microsoft Australia have now confirmed the revised date for the official launch of Visual Studio 2010 and as a result we’re now able to announce that the inaugural Australian ALM Conference has also been rescheduled and registration are now open. The Australian ALM Conference 13th & 14th April 2010 Luna Park, Sydney NSW Visit the event website for more details at www.australianalm.com.au ...

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