VSTS Update – Aug 4

This week we are deploying our sprint 121 work for Visual Studio Team Services.  There’s a lot of good stuff and you can read the release notes for details. Probably the biggest thing is the public preview of our new Wiki feature.  We’re already using it heavily and I really hope you are going to… Read more

VSTS Update – July 14

This week we are deploying our sprint 120 payload for Visual Studio Team Services.  Check out the release notes for all the detail. The big news of this sprint is the new visual release definition editor that allows you to see the flow of your release through environments.  In the coming sprints we’ll be adding… Read more

Perf results on scaling Git on VSTS with GVFS

A little over a month ago, I gave an update on our progress of moving the Windows team to Git in the largest Git repo on the planet.  At the time, I described the scale of the Windows Git repo (over 3.5M files and ~4,000 engineers), the current performance results and set of improvements that… Read more

A Wiki preview on VSTS

Back in February, I announced our plan to release a fairly full featured Wiki for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS).  I also announced that we were purchasing the Wiki extension that was then in the marketplace.  Since then, we’ve left the Wiki extension in the marketplace pretty much alone and… Read more

How we approach testing VSTS to enable continuous delivery

I like to write, from time to time about our experiences, successes, failures and learnings from delivering Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), a large scale service, on a cloud delivery cadence.  My most recent post reflected on how cool it is to be able to deliver customer fixes within a day or two.  And I’ve… Read more

Team Services Update – June 1, 2017

Sheesh, it’s another huge update this sprint.  I expected a bit of a lull after all the work we put out along with the Build conference but things don’t seem  to be slowing down much (or at least they’ve picked back up with a vengeance).  Check out the release notes for details. There’s so many… Read more

Evolving TFS/Team Services build automation capabilities

We first introduced basic build automation capabilities in TFS 2005 and, over the years, it has evolved substantially.  In TFS 2010, we introduced a major update which we now call “XAML build” because the build orchestration layer was based on the XAML workflow engine.  As that got adopted, we found that workflow was just not… Read more

The largest Git repo on the planet

It’s been 3 months since I first wrote about our efforts to scale Git to extremely large projects and teams with an effort we called “Git Virtual File System”.  As a reminder, GVFS, together with a set of enhancements to Git, enables Git to scale to VERY large repos by virtualizing both the .git folder… Read more