Installing the Windows 7 Beta with Virtual PC 2007 SP1

4/30/2009 Update: Now that the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available to MSDN / Technet Subscribers, and soon to the rest of the world, this post is starting to get a lot more traffic. The steps outlined in this article still apply to the RC, however you will need to substitute step #2 with…


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….


Visual Studio 2013 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

September 19, 2014 Update: The VM and corresponding hands-on-lab / demo scripts were updated to Visual Studio 2013 Update 3. This includes several fit and finish releases across the hands-on-lab /demo scripts in addition to several improvements in the underlying virtual machine itself (including an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2). A detailed changelog is…


Visual Studio 2010 CTP VPC: Dealing with Activation Messages

Dec 12, 2008 Update: We’re getting very close to the 1/1/2009 expiration date of the CTP, as outlined below in the section entitled “Visual Studio 2010 CTP Expiration.” For the best experience with this release please make sure you follow the steps in that section ASAP to disable your VPC clock synchronization. – Brian This…


Configuring Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Update 7/19/2007: We have now published this guidance on MSDN as a TechNote. It is available for download from here: (see TN1501 and TN1502). This update reflects minor formatting and wording edits based on feedback we received on the original blog post. Update 6/12/2007: I have received several inquiries from people who are not sure how…


Now Available: Visual Studio 2010 RTM Virtual Machine with Sample Data and Hands-on-Labs

August 24 2012 Reminder: This virtual machine will be expiring on September 10, 2012. Please consider upgrading to the 2012 version as soon as possible. March 23 2012 Update: This virtual machine was updated today with a new version which will expire September 10, 2012. If you are using the older version please note that…


Register Now For Team Foundation Server 2013 Upgrade Weekend

In my job, I get talk to people every day who are excited about the new and improved capabilities of Team Foundation Server 2013. I have talked to several organizations who are already running Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview in production, which is great. But for some organizations, upgrading to pre-release software on their production…


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…