Visual Studio Lab Management videos


UPDATE (27 Oct 2010): All videos are now updated with a narration, and uploaded as part of MSDN ‘How Do I’ video series for online viewing. The table below is updated with the new links.

Based on popular demand, here are the videos of the different scenarios and concepts in lab management, to help you get started quickly. The first video is an overview and the subsequent 6 videos are part of a ‘How-to’ series starting from setup.

You can read the summary of each video below.

Title

Description

Duration

Overview – Lab Management

Provides an overview of how lab management fits into Visual Studio 2010, the various components, and the following key scenarios:

  • Provision environments quickly for testers and developers
  • Automate the build-deploy-test cycle
  • File rich bugs with environment snapshots that reproduce for the developer

07:44

Video 1 – Setup and Configure Lab Management

Walks you through the setup and configuration steps. Shows you how to setup the Virtual Machine Manager server and how to configure lab management on Team Foundation Server.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Team Foundation Server – installed and configured
  • Test controller and build controller – installed and configured with defaults
  • Physical host(s) with Hyper-V

07:27

Video 2 – Create a virtual environment

 

Walks you through the experience of creating your first virtual environment. Illustrates the two ways to create a new virtual environment – compose environment using running VMs and create a new environment using templates in the library.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • One or more virtual machines

08:26

Video 3 – Create Build and Test Artifacts

 

Shows you how to create build and test artifacts needed to deploy your build on the environment and to run test cases. These artifacts are pre-requisites for the scenarios in the next two videos.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • Video 2 – Create a virtual environment
  • Source code is checked in

07:51

Video 4 – Automate the build-deploy-test cycle

 

Walks you through the experience of authoring and running a workflow to build your application, restore environment to a clean snapshot, deploy the build on your environment, take a post deployment snapshot, and run build verification tests.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • Video 2 – Create a virtual environment
  • Video 3 – Create build and test artifacts

07:01

Video 5 – File a rich bug with environment snapshots

Shows you how to file rich bugs with the environment snapshot, as you run manual tests. Also shows you how the developer can connect to the environment snapshot from the bug to reproduce the error.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • Video 2 – Create a virtual environment
  • Video 3 – Create build and test artifacts
  • Video 4 – Automate the build-deploy-test cycle

06:06

Video 6 – Clone environments using network isolation

Shows you how to create network isolated environments, how to use an application that needs the VMs to be domain joined on such an environment, and how to clone environments without creating conflicts on the network.

The pre-requisites for this scenario are:

  • Video 1 – Setup and configure lab management
  • Video 2 – Create a virtual environment
  • Video 3 – Create build and test artifacts
  • Video 4 – Automate the build-deploy-test cycle
08:03

Hopefully, these videos will help you in adopting and using lab management. Take a look and tell us what you think.


Comments (17)

  1. Arunrama says:

    Hi there, First of many kudos to the great work you guys have been doing in the Lab management space. The products looks very mature for a pilot release.

    The Video’s you have uploaded dont have audio. Not sure if that is how it is ment to be or if there is something wrong. Please advice.

    Arun R,

    Support engineer – Microsoft,

    TFS install and setup – Americas reagion.

    arunrama@microsoft.com

  2. Hi Arun,

    Thank you and I am glad you like the product.

    The videos currently dont have audio. They only have the call-outs.

    We are working on adding audio to it and getting it published for online viewing. We will have this update soon.

    -Darshan Desai

  3. Steve Ozmer says:

    Are these videos located any place other than skydrive.live.com?

  4. Sankaranarayanan Gopalan says:

    Do we have any newer versions of these videos with audio enabled 🙂

  5. Priya says:

    The links are not working and the videos are not downloadable. Please do the necessary corrections.

  6. Stephen says:

    Sky drive is blocked at my work.  It would be nice to have a more offical location for these videos.

  7. Hichem ben jeddi says:

    I can run load tests with lab centre ?

    I can do to stop the build  if the threshold of tests load  is exceeded

  8. Sanjay Rana says:

    Please refer to videos with audio @ msdn.microsoft.com/…/ff945982.aspx

  9. Ervin Loh says:

    Just wondering whether you have any PowerPoint decks for Lab Management as I'll need to present this to my customers early next week.

  10. All videos are now updated with a narration, and uploaded as part of MSDN ‘How Do I’ video series for online viewing. The table in the post is updated with the new links.

  11. All videos are now updated with a narration, and uploaded as part of MSDN ‘How Do I’ video series for online viewing. The table in the post is updated with the new links.

  12. Mike Paterson says:

    How can I add deployment items from my solution for lab management test settings?  I only see how to add local deployment items….

  13. Allen says:

    Where can I get a copy of the source code and solution file that's used in the vidoes to repro the steps myself?

  14. Vishal Mehrotra says:

    You can use Lab Management VHD which has sample project, code etc and try all these lab scenarios available at go.microsoft.com/fwlink

  15. Donbosco says:

    Can VSTS Lab Management be used for Citrix based Load / Performance Testing? As per the comments from one of the Microsoft blog, VSTS 2010 does not support Citrix based load / performance testing.

    Would like to know whether the integration of Lab Management enable Citrix based Load / Performance testing.

    Appreciate if someone reply with their experience for the above situation.

  16. SophiaKJ says:

    Do you need to install Lab Management if you are not going to use Hyper-V but plan to use the Controller and Agents to run automation?

  17. Laxmi says:

    Hi ,

    Do you have any document how to set up physical environment in Lab Management  , MTM2010.

    Our requirement is running Coded UI tests in Lab Environment. The coded UI tests are running fine in local machine. We have 20 lab machines running on different windows operating systems. I need to run the coded UI tests in all the configurations. To achieve this, For testing purpose, I have installed test agents in two of the lab machines and installed Test controller in my own machine where I have developed the coded UI tests and I have created a lab environment in MTM 2010.

    When I am running the Coded UI tests from Test Agent1 through MTM 2010, it ran perfectly fine. I opened the MTM2010 from test agent1 and started running the coded ui test and it ran fine. Meaning it launched the software that needs to be tested and executed the test case.

    When I tried running the same Coded UI tests from Test Agent2 through MTM2010, the test status directly showing passed very fast without executing the tests.

    Can you help me resolving the issue? Also I need to know, am I doing correct way or not, or is there any better way for this solution. Also if you have any documents, please share with me.

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