Configuration matrix testing using Visual Studio Lab Management

One of the common issues regularly faced by our users is how to test their application in both IE and Firefox. Visual Studio Lab Management can help in solving this issue for automated Coded UI test as part of Lab E2E Workflow flow. To accomplish this with Lab Management, we will need Visual Studio 2010…


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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Additional Upgrade Script for Fixing Build Agent Registration

We have found that in some cases the registration of an upgraded build agents fails, with the following error: Error occurred while configuring TFSBuildServiceHost with Lab configuration.ExceptionType: MicrosoftTeamFoundation.Build.ClientBuildServiceHostAlreadyExistsException.ExceptionMessage: A build service host already exists for computer VMNAME.CONTOSO.COM.Specify a different computer name and try again. This happens only for systems that were upgraded from Beta2 and…

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Lab Management 2010 Beta2 to RC Upgrade Guide

TFS 2010 Release Candidate (RC) will be released later this month, and Lab Management will be included with it. We want to give you some time to get prepared for it, and we are releasing the Lab Management 2010 Beta2 to Release Candidate Upgrade Guide today. It is attached to this post as a word…

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TFS 2010 Best Practice Analyser Beta2 is now available

Team Foundation Server Best Practice Analyser (BPA) a diagnostic tool (released as part of TFS 2010 Power Tools) is now available for public download; see Brian Harry’s post on the announcement. You can download it from the MSDN Visual Studio Gallery. Lab Management checks are now also integrated with the BPA. So when you do…

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Network isolation on Windows Server 2008 R2 hosts

Network isolation does not work on Windows Server 2008 R2 hosts if you are using Beta2 version of Visual Studio Team Lab Management. When you create an environment with network isolation on a 2008 R2 host and start it, you will get the following error: Network isolation timed out. Last known status: Acquiring external IP for…

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Troubleshooting errors in lab management

Last updated: 12th May 2010 Welcome to the troubleshooting page for lab management in Visual Studio 2010. This is a repository of errors we have seen in different scenarios and the ways to fix it. You can either search for your error or browse by category. If your error is not on this list, please…

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Test applications on virtual environments and file rich bugs

You are testing a complex multi-tiered application. You create different configurations, multiple data sets, and test the different combinations in a user-flow. You come across a hard-to-find bug. You file it and are pleased that your effort was well worth it. But the next morning you realize that your developer has resolved your bug as…


Creating and Working with Virtual Environments

Today as we build more and more complex applications the complexity of development and testing environments have increased significantly. Development and testing of complex N tier application on single machine results in late discovery of bugs in pre-production or worse in production environments. Ideally we would like to develop and test applications in an environment…

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Enable Lab Management features for existing Team Projects

If you are upgrading your VSTS 2008 server to VSTS 2010 Beta1, you will need to enable Lab Management for existing projects. Note: Starting Beta2 there is no need for these steps and they are part of the standard TFS upgrade. So, first upgrade your TFS server. Then you can configure Lab Management using TFS…

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