Enabling Host based connection for virtual environments

Once you create/compose a virtual environment, you can connect to it for doing manual testing etc. Environment Viewer can offer you a Host based or a Guest based connection, depending on various scenarios. Refer to this MSDN article for details: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee518907.aspx. In summary, host based connections are are routed through the Hyper-V hosts on which…

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Does Lab Management support non-Hyper-V platforms?

We get a lot of questions around the support matrix for Lab Management in TFS 2010 – does it only work for Hyper-V virtual machines or with physical machines too? Can I use it with my non-Hyper-V VMs? I will first talk about the types of environments and the support for various capabilities of Lab…


Updated lab management videos

If you haven’t noticed already, we have updated the lab management videos to add a narration and have also uploaded them on msdn as part of the ‘How Do I’ series. This makes the videos a lot easier to view and to follow. There are 7 videos in all – an overview video to give…


VM Prep Tool for Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 GDR is now available!

As you may be aware, Lab Management GDR is now available. In sync with this release, I am happy to announce that the VM Prep Tool for Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 GDR in now available at http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/vslabmgmt.     What’s new?   VM Prep Tool GDR supports installation of patches for all lab management…

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Lab Management General Distribution Release is now available

We are happy to announce that the General Distribution Release for lab management in Visual Studio 2010 is now available. A couple of weeks back, we announced the general availability of lab management, licensing changes, and what’s changed since RC. You can review these here. The final bits are now available for download to licensed…


General Availability of Visual Studio Lab Management announced

Today, at the Visual Studio Live event in Seattle, Dave Mendlen – Senior Director of Developer Marketing at Microsoft announced the final release of Lab Management in the Visual Studio 2010 release. We are announcing the general availability of the Lab Management capability as end of August, 2010. In addition to general availability we also…

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Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 – Host group and Library Share management

  Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 setup guidelines explains the steps required for first time setup and configuration of Host group and Library share in Virtual Machine Manager server to enable the scenarios that is required for Lab management to work. The blog here talks about some of the management activities that could be done…

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Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 Walkthrough VHD

Updated 7/16/2012: Please note this an archived post and the Lab Management VHD has been retired and been removed from the Microsoft Downloads site.                                                                 …

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Setting up various topologies to test with Visual Studio Lab Management – Part 4

  In continuation with our topology series, this time we will pick a topology with multiple ATs, DTs and with Lab Environments joined to different domain for discussion. We will touch upon Lab Management specific requirements and configuration for this topology. Take a look at Part1, Part2 and Part3 for our earlier discussions on topologies. Here is a…

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