VSTS: Lessons Learned Doing DevOps at Microsoft at Scale

Last week I gave a keynote on DevOps at VS Live! 2017 in Orlando. In this talk I cover four main things. Controlling exposure using feature flags Greater resiliency by using circuit breakers Live site management and the importance of root cause Transforming our tests to become fast and reliable. The video is now online,…


How to configure a TFS proxy to work with Team Services

If you are using Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) with Visual Studio Team Services, you can configure the Team Foundation Server Proxy to cache files for version control for your account. It’s very straightforward as the TFS configuration app will do the work for you. Let’s take a look at how to do that. I’m…


Would you like SSH turned on for your Team Services account?

[Update 5/29/2016] We will be turning on SSH for all existing accounts once we finish deploying sprint 100 (hopefully by the end of this week). We are beginning to roll out SSH for Team Services accounts. If you would like SSH enabled for your account, please email me your account URL. We still need to…


Using VS Team Services Web Hooks with Azure Functions

Today at the Build 2016 conference, Azure announced a new feature called Azure Functions. Here’s a quick description from the main page. Azure Functions is an event driven, compute-on-demand experience that extends the existing Azure application platform with capabilities to implement code triggered by events occurring in virtually any Azure or 3rd party service as…


Using Zapier to email work items to my backlog in VSTS

I use the board view of the backlog in my VS Team Services personal account to keep track of my work. I’ve wanted to be able to email a work item to my backlog, and today I finally got around to doing it. It was really easy thanks to our Zapier integration. I signed up…


TFS 2010 has shipped!

Monday was the official launch for the TFS and VS 2010 releases!  I highly recommend upgrading from TFS 2005 or TFS 2008 to TFS 2010.  The number of new features in TFS 2010 is very long, and there are lots of posts on them.  One of the most exciting is that you can install TFS…


Using Test Impact in VSTS 2010

Dennis Stone, a tester on Team Test, has posted a great walkthrough of using the new test impact feature of 2010.  If you aren’t familiar with test impact, it’s a feature that tells you which tests execute the code you’ve changed in a checkin.  Rather than run all of the tests, you can run only…


TFS 2010 Beta 1: Don’t run initial configuration from the administration console (MMC)

Beta 1 for TFS 2010, along with VS and VSTS, is now available to MSDN subscribers and will be available for broad download shortly.  Be sure to check out the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 First Look site to see what’s in this release, as well as the documentation on MSDN.  Brian has written posts on…


TFS 2008 supports SQL 2008 SP1

SQL 2008 SP1 has just been released, and we’ve gotten a couple of questions about whether it is supported with with Team Foundation Server 2008.  We tested SQL 2008 SP1 with both the original release of TFS 2008 and TFS 2008 SP1, and we do fully support using it with either release of TFS 2008….


Team System site overhauled

Sharon Elkins has written a post about the newly-redesigned Team System web site.  She has some details on the transformation, but one thing that stands out is the page reduction.  It’s got about 75% fewer pages, which means a bunch of old stuff is gone. Check it out and give her your feedback! Technorati tags:…


Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9!

Brian Keller has recorded a series of interviews, some of which include demos, that are being published on Channel 9.  You can find them at Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9.     Some of the videos have already been posted.  Be sure to check the page periodically or subscribe to the…


Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 CTP and Work Item Web Access 2008 CTP are now available

Hakan has announced the availability of the new TSWA community technology preview (CTP) in his post, What’s New in TSWA 2008 SP1.  Personally, I would say this release is beta quality or better, so don’t let the CTP designation scare you too much. Also released is the first CTP release of what we are calling…


Visual Studio Team System Chat: April 9

Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what’s new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. Add to Calendar April 9, 2008 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Additional Time Zones


Now available for TSWA 2008: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish

The final set of localized versions of the Team System Web Access 2008 Power Tool is now available. Here is a list of links to all of the localized releases of TSWA. Chinese Simplified Chinese Traditional French German Italian Japanese Korean Spanish We’re always interested in what you think about the localizations, too.  If there…


Visual Studio Team System Web Access 2008 in Japanese is now available

Part of our plan for the TSWA 2008 Power Tool is to release localized versions.  Japanese is the first language to become available.  Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Korean are currently planned for release over the next month. Here’s the download page in Japanese, along with a link to it. Team System Web Access…


TSWA: Hakan now has a blog

Hakan Eskici is the program manager for Team System Web Access.  He’s now blogging, and his first post provides some history on how TeamPlain became TSWA. A little bit about myself and Web Access Some of you might already know that I’m the Program Manager on the Web Access team in Team Foundation Server product…


WiX to be included in the Visual Studio "Rosario" release

Rob Mensching has written a post about the WiX toolset being included with the Rosario release of Visual Studio Team System.  WiX is part of the toolset used to create the installation packages for Visual Studio, as well as being one of the first open source projects ever at Microsoft.  Whereas Visual Studio setup projects…


Visual Studio Team System chat – December 5, 2007

Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. Hopefully, there will be a fair amount of discussion around the newly release 2008 version. I’m planning to be in the first chat. There will be…


How to uninstall VS 2008 Beta 2 before installing the final version of VS 2008

There have been a few questions about how to correctly uninstall all of VS 2008 Beta 2 in order to install the final version of VS 2008.  Scott Guthrie posted the steps for doing this earlier today.  A subset of this list would apply if you have installed Team Foundation Team Explorer 2008 Beta 2,…