Visual Studio 2008 Customer Success Stories

One of the best aspects of my job is working with early adopters of Microsoft technology and then telling their stories via case studies, presentations, videos, and other such mediums. Today our Vice President, Soma Somasegar, highlighted some of the new Visual Studio 2008 adoption stories on his blog posting.We have even more great stories on…


Updated instructions for downloading Visual Studio VPC’s with a download manager

 Just a quick note to reference the fact that I have updated my original post about how to download the Visual Studio 2008 and “Rosario” VPC’s using a download manager. The changes I made are to reflect the fact that there is a brand new CTP of Visual Studio Team System code name “Rosario” available,…


DEV306 from TechEd South Africa

And here’s the deck from the second session I presented at TechEd South Africa. This session was titled “DEV306: Visual Studio Team System Tips and Tricks.” This was a new presentation I created for this conference. The idea of a “Tips and Tricks” tends to be a bit free-form so when I picked up this…


DEV201 from TechEd South Africa

As promised, attached is my slide deck from the first presentation I delivered at TechEd South Africa 2007. The session was DEV201: End-to-end Database Development with Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. This session was based on a session of the same name which was delivered by Duncan Davenport at TechEd U.S. this year….


My building was flooded

Looks like I picked a good time to leave the country – on the day after I left my building was flooded!Video: Water main break at Building 18  


Oops – this may mean we sell fewer Team Foundation Server licenses…

…but what’s “bad” for Microsoft is good for customers! What am I talking about? The results are in: Team Foundation Server 2008 will support more users with the same set of hardware. Oh, and it’s faster, too! On average more than twice as fast! Check out all the details over at Brian’s blog post. BTW: I’m…


ClearCase to Team Foundation Server migration tool

If you are interested in migrating your source code from ClearCase to Team Foundation Server be sure to check out the newly released TFS Migration Tool for Rational ClearCase. There are also several other migration-related resources available at the new MSDN page devoted to TFS migration solutions. This blog post from the TFS Migration blog…


A More Reliable and Faster Download Experience for VS2010/ VS08 VPC’s

***Updated 12/29/2011: The files mentioned in this post are no longer available. For the latest virtual machines, sample data, and hands-on-labs / demo scripts please visit One of the things we have received great customer feedback on is the availability of Virtual PC environments containing Visual Studio 2008 and pre-releases of Visual Studio 2010….


New Channel 9 Video: Understanding the “offline database development” paradigm

In the past we have published a few Channel 9 videos and screencasts featuring Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals (aka “DBPro”), but one of the common questions which still comes up is related to how a team should incorporate DBPro within their application development processes. For this interview I asked Sachin Rekhi to explain…


New Channel 9 Video: Team Foundation Server 2005 / Project Server 2007 Connector

In this video Lenny Fenster, a consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services and one of our esteemed Visual Studio Team System “Rangers,” shows off the Team Foundation Server / Project Server Connector which was recently released. This is a great way of enabling projects managed in Project Server 2007 to collect roll-up data from development projects stored…