Now available Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 ALM Virtual Machine and how to connect it to Visual Studio Online

The Visual Studio ALM Virtual Machine is one of the primary (and best) tools for delivering ALM training and presentations we have at Microsoft and today Brian Keller announced that today we’ve published a new version of this great tool: Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 ALM Virtual Machine. This virtual machine includes several updates to the hands-on-labs / demo scripts to show off some of the new capabilities which have been added in Visual Studio Updates 1 – 3.

For people who are interested, below is a high-level changelog  which details the updates we’ve made in this version of the VM and labs. You can download the latest version of the VM and corresponding hands-on-labs / demo scripts at https://aka.ms/vs13almvm. You can find a list of our other ALM VM’s at https://aka.ms/ALMVMs.

By popular request, along with this release we published a brand new document titled “Connecting to Visual Studio Online Using the Visual Studio ALM Virtual Machine.” This includes a few special steps which are necessary if you want to use this VM along with Visual Studio Online.

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Virtual Machine

  • Upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Applied all recent Windows Updates
  • Increased the size of the VHD file to account for the updates
  • Added TFS 2013 Power Tools
  • Other smaller fit-and-finish fixes and updates based on user feedback

Connecting to Visual Studio Online Using the Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine

  • This is a brand new document which explains how to disable the date & time hack and make other special considerations if you want to use this virtual machine to evaluate Visual Studio Online.

Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with Team Foundation Server 2013

  • Added steps showing the ability to show/hide in-progress work items on backlog
  • Added notes regarding work item tagging support in queries and in Visual Studio
  • Added step to pin lightweight chart in web access

Debugging with IntelliTrace using Visual Studio Ultimate 2013

  • Added Exercise 2, Using IntelliTrace with Call Information

Embracing Continuous Delivery with Release Management for Visual Studio 2013

  • Added optional exercise demonstrating release to Azure using DSC
  • Changed “Release Management Deployer” references to “Microsoft Deployment Agent”
  • Updated manual release to trigger from Configure Apps | Release Templates instead of Releases tab in Release Management Client.
  • Added note to end of Ex. 3 regarding tagging support

Getting Started with Git using Team Foundation Server 2013

  • Now creating the new website using the ASP.NET Web Application wizard
  • Added note about CodeLens features for Git

Introduction to Platform Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2013

  • Run settings are now located in their own sub-tab in MTM (Plan | Run Settings)

Introduction to Test Case Management with Microsoft Test Manager 2013

  • Run settings are now located in their own sub-tab in MTM (Plan | Run Settings)

New Collaboration Experiences for Development Teams using Team Foundation Server 2013

  • Added note about CodeLens support for Git sources to end of CodeLens exercise

All 25 labs include the following:

  • Screenshot updates as necessary, other minor edits

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