Team Foundation Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Operations Manager Integration Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Lab / Demo Script

Today we are releasing a new virtual machine that demonstrates the integration which is possible between System Center 2012 Operations Manager and Team Foundation Server 2012. This integration is designed to facilitate communication between operations teams and development teams, which is part of an industry movement known as DevOps. The goal is to accelerate Mean Time To Resolution (MTTR) by quickly providing development teams with as much relevant and useful information as possible about a production incident. Since System Center 2012 Operations Manager already has a deep understanding about your production systems and the applications which are running in those environments, this integration puts that information at the fingertips of the development team without requiring back-and-forth human interaction to solicit these details.

A hands-on-lab / demo script is provided as a scripted walkthrough to showcase the value of this integration. The same scenario can also be seen by clicking through the accompanying DemoMate (online DemoMate | offline DemoMate installer).

Note: This virtual machine has higher system requirements than most of the virtual machines we have shipped previously. This is due to the amount of enterprise software being demonstrated in this scenario. Please ensure that you have adequate system resources prior to downloading this virtual machine. If you do not have an adequate machine, you may prefer to use the DemoMates linked above.

System Requirements:

  • This is a Hyper-V virtual machine and works with Windows Server 2008 x64, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8 (with SLAT-capable processors) and Windows Server 2012.
  • 10 GB of free physical RAM (12 GB or more recommended)
    7 GB of RAM assigned to this virtual machine (8 GB or more recommended)
  • 50 GB of free hard disk space (more recommended if using snapshots)
  • Please take a few minutes to read the “Working with…” document for some important instructions on properly importing and working with this virtual machine.

This virtual machine is configured with:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Evaluation
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 Update 1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 1 Power Tools
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 – Operations Manager SP1 with Update Rollup 1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express
  • Sample data required to support the hands-on-lab / demo script.

Downloading the virtual machine and hands-on-lab / demo script:
I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.

1. Download and install Free Download Manager. This utility provides:
- Auto-resume support for interrupted downloads.
- Multiple simultaneous download streams for (usually) a much faster download experience.
- As the name implies, it's completely free.

2. Select the URL’s below and copy (CTRL+C) them to your clipboard.
###Start - Do Not Include This Line### Development and Operations with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 and System Center Operations Manager 2012.docx TFS 2012 and SCOM 2012.exe with the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Operations Manager Integration Virtual Machine.docx
###End - Do Not Include This Row In Your Selection###

3. Launch the user interface for Free Download Manager (either from the Start Menu or via the system tray icon if FDM is already running).
4. Click File -> Import -> Import List of URLs from Clipboard.
5. When prompted for a download group, accept the default and click OK.
6. You are now free to minimize Free Download Manager while the files download. By default, they will be saved to c:\downloads.
7. Expand the files and self-extracting RAR set and see the “Working with…” document for more instructions.

I hope you will enjoy this content as a way of learning how System Center 2012 Operations Manager and Team Foundation Server 2012 can help your organization work better together to quickly diagnose and resolve issues with applications running in your production environments. If you have suggestions for how to improve this virtual machine and set of demos / hands-on-labs please let me know.

Comments (9)
  1. Steve Case says:

    I don't want to download 50 GB, where can I play with the bits live and try out the hands on labs? Is this available on TFS in the cloud?

  2. Brian Keller says:


    It's about a 12GB download (compressed) but you will need ~50GB of disk space to work with it.

    We don't have a cloud-hosted version available today – the best option would be to try the DemoMates. If a cloud-hosted version becomes available I will update this blog post.

    The integration scenario is designed to work with the on-premises version of Team Foundation Server. It will not work with Team Foundation Service.

  3. Looking forward to giving it a try 🙂

  4. Wow, thanks a lot Brian, I really needed this machine so much and I was puting a plan to create one and now it's avalaible!! it's really very helpful!

    By the ways is there a VM with Lab Managment 2012 Update 1?

  5. Brian Keller says:

    Glad it's useful! Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

    The ALM VM has Lab Management enabled with an accompanying hands-on-lab, but it's intended for standard environments, not SCVMM environments which is what I'm betting you are after?

  6. Richard says:

    Do I need to turn off time synchronization in Hyper-V to work with this VM? Also would love to see a full out SCVMM lab management training VM, Thx!

  7. Brian Keller says:

    Richard, no you don't need to disable time sync on this VM.

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