New Release Definition Editor in Team Services

Have you ever struggled to create a mental model of how the deployments to your environments would progress? We are introducing the pipeline view for your release definitions that will show how your deployments flow. Approvals, environment and deployment settings are now in-context and easily configurable. The new release definition editor is currently in early adopter... Read More

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Visual Studio Team Services demonstrates how Microsoft Loves Java

To demonstrate our continued commitment to support Java developers and their full lifecycle DevOps needs with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS), I want to share some of our recent and exciting Java-related feature announcements. Our teams are working with large and small Java teams every day to better understand their... Read More

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Announcing public preview of the new Deployment Groups in Release Management

Today we are excited to announce the public preview of the new Deployment Groups in Visual Studio Team Services. Release Management now supports robust in-the-box multi-machine deployment. You can now orchestrate  deployments across multiple machines, perform rolling updates whilst ensuring high availability of the application throughout. Agent based deployment capability relies on the same build and deployment agents.... Read More

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Setup continuous deployment to Azure Government using Visual Studio Team Services

Azure Government clouds provide private and semi-isolated locations for specific Government or other services, separate from the normal Azure services. Highest levels of privacy have been adopted for these clouds, including restricted data access policies. Azure Government clouds are completely isolated environments and require unique Azure endpoints to manage the services offered there. They support authentication using management certificate,... Read More

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Team Services Extensions Roundup – April

A 6 month high of 30 new Visual Studio Team Services extensions got added to the Marketplace in April. It was really hard to only pick two from such a big set so I encourage everyone to check them all out on the ‘Recently Added’ section of our Marketplace. There are two extensions I want... Read More

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How we use RM – Part 1

The teams that contribute to VSTS (TFS and other micro-services like Release Management, Package Management, etc) began using Release Management to deploy to production as outlined by Buck Hodges in this blog. However, in Feb this year, there was some feedback that it was difficult to debug failed deployments using RM, and that engineers were... Read More

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