Now Available: Visual Studio 2015 ALM Virtual Machine and HOL’s / Demo Scripts

TL;DR – the Visual Studio 2015 ALM VM and HOL’s / demo scripts can be found here: ++++++++++++ It’s been almost a year since I transitioned away from my role as an evangelist for Microsoft’s ALM/DevOps offerings into a role as a program manager on the Visual Studio Online / TFS team. It’s been a…


Team Foundation Server 2015 Product Key and VLSC Availability

Post updated Aug 19, 2015 to reflect VLSC availability. ******* Since Team Foundation Server 2015 RTM was released last week, we’ve already seen a lot of people upgrade and start taking advantage of the new capabilities. We have also received several questions about where to find a product key. The answer depends on the channel…


Now Available: Update 3 refresh of Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine

I’m pleased to announce that today we’ve published the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 ALM Virtual Machine. This includes several updates to the hands-on-labs / demo scripts to show off some of the new capabilities which have been added in Updates 1 – 3. With the continuous stream of great updates coming to Visual Studio…


Building your Dream DevOps Dashboard with the new Azure Preview Portal

Last week at Build 2014, Bill Staples showed off a preview of the new Microsoft Azure portal for the first time. You can jump to his demo in Scott Guthrie’s keynote. The new portal was built from the ground up to put your applications at the center of the experience. This may sound like an…


New Book: Pro ALM with Visual Studio 2013

I’m pleased to announce that the 2013 edition of our popular Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio book series is now available! The purpose of this book has always been to educate people on the breadth of capabilities in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server which enable software teams to collaborate across the entire…


New Book on TFS 2013 Customization

I just discovered a new book on TFS 2013 Customization written by Gordon Beeming, whom I had the pleasure of meeting on my last trip to South Africa. Gordon is one of these guys who I’m convinced never sleeps; in addition to his day job where he administers a TFS server for a large development…


Visual Studio 2010/2012 Hands-On-Labs / Demo Scripts Upgraded to 2013

The Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine was upgraded today to include the sample content and hands-on-labs / demo scripts which were previously introduced for Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 capabilities. This brings the total number of hands-on-labs and demo scripts which work with this VM to 24. We also used this opportunity to address…


Errors Activating the ALM Virtual Machines

January 10, 2014 Update: I ran some tests again today and activation is working again! Please follow the steps in the “Working with…” document and you should be able to activate the virtual machine now (if not, please let me know). The bad news is that I still don’t know what caused the activation servers…


RTM Version of Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine

The RTM version of the Visual Studio 2013 ALM virtual machine and hands-on-labs / demo scripts are now available! You can also find a consolidated list of all of the ALM virtual machines here: Enjoy!


Fix for InRelease Preview Hands-on-Lab

Updated November 26, 2013: This blog post is obsolete now. The fix referenced below has been resolved in the RTM version of the Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine. I have received several reports from people about the InRelease Preview Hands-on-Lab I published as part of the Visual Studio 2013 Preview ALM Virtual Machine not…