New to VS 2015 and TFS 2015? Check out these great blog posts!

About to upgrade to the latest TFS 2015 – be sure to read these: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalmrangers/archive/2015/08/06/new-elements-of-tfs-2015-that-influence-an-upgrade.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalmrangers/archive/2015/08/07/short-lead-checklist.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalmrangers/archive/2015/08/10/long-lead-preparations.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalmrangers/archive/2015/08/10/long-lead-checklist.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalmrangers/archive/2015/08/11/post-upgrade-checklist-draft.aspx https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/Library/vs/alm/TFS/upgrade/upgrade Installing VS 2015 soon? Check out this post and KB: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/08/07/visual-studio-2015-faq.aspx https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3025135 Looking into the new build system in TFS 2015 – here are some documentation https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/Library/vs/alm/build/overview Enjoy!


Visual Studio ALM Rangers

Just joined the awesome Visual Studio ALM Ranger: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/willy-peter_schaub/archive/2015/03/30/introducing-the-visual-studio-alm-rangers-michael-pedersen.aspx Who are the Visual Studio ALM Rangers: https://aka.ms/vsarunderstand Check the great work they do here: https://aka.ms/vsarsolutions and here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/willy-peter_schaub/archive/2012/06/05/toc-alm-rangers-msdn-magazine-and-other-publications.aspx   

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Visual Studio Online (TFS as a Service) – What you need to know to get started

You may already have an account, but before moving your company’s code, work items etc. it is important to know what is possible and what the terms and conditions are. Below I have collected some important links: Introduction: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/visual-studio-online/ http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/what-is-visual-studio-online-vs.aspx Pricing: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/visual-studio-online/ Features Timeline: http://www.visualstudio.com/news/release-archive-vso SLA & Terms of Service: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42290 http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/support/terms-of-service-vs.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2013/10/14/how-do-you-measure-quality-of-a-service.aspx Status &…

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Detecting OS & IE Version in (C#) Coded UI Tests

Using ProcessStartInfo and ApplicationUnderTest.Launch(ProcessStartInfo startInfo) you can launch a process under another user, but this will not work for Coded UI Tests in IE because you cannot access the DOM inside IE. Instead you can use the approach described there: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/siddharthapandey/archive/2009/12/13/testing-webpages-that-uses-windows-authentication-for-different-credentials.aspx As mentioned the login dialog is different depending on Windows version. There might also…


VS/TFS 2013 Update 3 RC Released

See official announcement here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2014/07/02/update-3-release-candidate-for-visual-studio-2013.aspx also updated this overview post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mpeder/archive/2014/01/14/visual-studio-2012-amp-2013-updates-continuously-updated.aspx


Pricing details for Release Management – MSDN Ultimate complimentary license

Find the details here: http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/how-to-buy-release-management-vs Make sure you read footnote #1: “Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscribers receive a complimentary grant of one license of Visual Studio Deployment Standard 2013.”  


VS/TFS 2013 Update 2 CTP2/RC released

See official announcement here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/05/vs-tfs-2013-2-update-2-ctp-released.aspx also updated this overview post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mpeder/archive/2014/01/14/visual-studio-2012-amp-2013-updates-continuously-updated.aspx


Debugging and diagnosing MS Fakes

Once in a while the automatic Fakes generation might fail. Below is a few hint on how to start debugging. Make sure that build action of the .Fakes file is set to Fakes: This kicks off the actual generation of the fakes assemblies when you build the project. To get detailed debugging information you can set…


Visual Studio 2012 & 2013 Updates (updated 11-09-2014)

Updates are being released much more often than before. Here direct links to the latest for each version of Visual Studio. I will keep updating these links as we release new versions. Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39305 Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41650 Update 1 ISO: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9842997 Update 2 CTP: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41699 (Note: NOT with go-live!)…


Brian Keller Visual Studio ALM Virtual Machines

[10-01-2014] There is an update. Go here for the newest: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briankel/archive/2013/08/02/visual-studio-2013-application-lifecycle-management-virtual-machine-and-hands-on-labs-demo-scripts.aspx [Original] Brian Keller just posted a list of all the VHDs available for you to do ALM labs related to Visual Studio and TFS http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briankel/archive/2013/04/17/list-of-all-visual-studio-alm-virtual-machines.aspx. Go play! 🙂