Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 ALM Virtual Machine Now Available

The Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 ALM virtual machine and 21 hands-on-labs / demo scripts are now available for download. All of the existing hands-on-labs / demo scripts were updated slightly to reflect UI and workflow changes included in Update 1. One new lab / demo script was created focusing on new ALM tooling for…


Free up disk space after upgrading to Windows 8

I have been helping friends and family upgrade to Windows 8 lately, and wanted to share one quick tip on how to reclaim several gigabytes of disk space after the upgrade. When you upgrade to a new operating system, Windows will store several files related to the upgrade in case you want to uninstall the…


Understanding the two different flavors of Internet Explorer in Windows 8

I’ve installed Windows 8 on all of my machines, and I absolutely love it. To cite the tagline: it’s fast, it’s fluid, and it’s Window reimagined. Of course there are a few changes that new users will need to understand when they first start using it. The disappearance of the Start button is an obvious…


Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 and the ALM Virtual Machine

December 6, 2012 Update: The virtual machine and corresponding hands-on-labs / demo scripts have been upgraded to use Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. You can download them from here. Now that Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 is available, several people have asked whether or not I am updating my ALM virtual machine. The answer is…


Radio TFS: The one with Brian Keller

This morning I had the pleasure of being hosted on Radio TFS to talk about a few of my favorite new features of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012. We talked about capturing stakeholder feedback, exploratory testing, lab management, and more! You can catch the whole show here. Don’t forget to subscribe to…


Important Note: The Visual Studio 2010 ALM Virtual Machine is Expiring Soon

The Visual Studio 2010 ALM Virtual Machine will stop working on September 10, 2012 and will not be updated. If you are still using that virtual machine, please upgrade to the Visual Studio Visual Studio 2012 RTM ALM virtual machine. The 2012 version is based on final RTM software and includes all of the sample…


Updated: Visual Studio 2012 RTM ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

The Visual Studio 2012 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is now available! This new VM replaces the previously available Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM virtual machine to use the final Visual Studio 2012 RTM releases.   This is the most comprehensive ALM virtual machine yet. It includes 20 hands-on-labs / demo scripts. 8 of these labs…


Announcing kanban and git-tf for TFS

Today we announced the addition of two new capabilities for TFS. The first is a new kanban board for Team Foundation Service. Kanban is an increasingly popular process used by engineering teams to help ensure that they are providing a continuous stream of value to their customers while limiting the amount of work in progress…


Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM DemoMates now available

The Visual Studio 2012 DemoMates for showcasing application lifecycle management scenarios have been updated based on the RC release. You can download the DemoMates here. DemoMates are a nice alternative to the Visual Studio 2012 Virtual Machine for when you don’t have time or hardware resources to run the virtual machine.


2 New Books: Pro ALM with Visual Studio 2012, and Pro TFS 2012

I can finally talk about the two new books I have been working on!   Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012 covers the full breadth of ALM capabilities available in Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Server 2012, and related technologies. This book has something for the entire extended development team – whether you…