Integrating Selenium tests in a release pipeline

Senior Application Development Manager Marcelo Silva recently posted this article demonstrating how to implement UI test automation using VSTS and Selenium. Today, I’d like to show you a proof-of-concept I created for one of my customers where we implement User Interface (UI) test automation into a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline in Visual Studio Team…


Audit SQL Server stop, start, restart

In this article, Application Development Manager Steve Keeler outlines an approach for determining the domain identity of a user who has initiated a stop, start, or restart request on SQL Server services. Although SQL Server contains server and database auditing functionality as part of the product, this cannot be used to determine the identity of…


TFS 2017 – Sometimes we must look back before we can move forward! – Part 1

This is the first of a series of posts is provided by Senior Application Development Manager (ADM), Chuck Goodspeed, focusing on the challenges encountered in migrating/evolving TFS 2005/2008/2010 installations a full decade forward into TFS 2017 and/or VSTS. Experiences and situations encountered at multiple customer installations provide real-life NOT “out-of-the-box experiences”, [! OOB} which can…


How to estimate the size of your TFS database backup files

This post is from Senior App Dev Manager, Chev Bryan who shares how to estimate the size of your TFS database backup files. The most likely way to do this in my experience is to take a look at the most recent backup job. This can be done quite easily from a T-SQL script. Feel…


Migrating TFS to a new data center

This post is provided by App Dev Manager, Steve Keeler who outlines an approach for performing TFS migrations to a new data center in a different domain and where there is limited or no connectivity between the current and target environments. This article outlines an approach for performing TFS migrations to a new data center…


How to Track Impediments in VSTS

This post is from Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone. Note: While this post discusses impediments in VSTS, everything mentioned can be applied to TFS as well. Visual Studio Team Services (or VSTS) has great tools to support Scrum teams. The product owner can use the backlog and board to track the progress of individual teams…

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Closing the gap between TFS and Scrum

This post is provided by Senior App Dev Manager, Alexei Govorine who covers the use of scrum with TFS and spotlights TFS Version Control, Dashboards, and Markdown. Introduction Scrum is one of the most used agile frameworks that helps people address complex problems while delivering products of the highest possible value. For additional information on…


TFS automation – User management

In this post, Sr. Application Development Manager, Nandu Muralidharan introduces the TFS API set to help automate administrative tasks associated with managing users in Team Foundation Server. He also shares a set of helper components that he authored to assist developers in this space.   You can check out Nandu’s blog here.  This is part 1…


Thinking about moving to TFS 2017?

In this post, Application Development Managers,  Sheldon Ledbetter and DeWayla White, share a few of their favorite things about TFS 2017. Thinking about moving to Team Foundation Server 2017?  Here are just a few highlights regarding improvements to the latest release:  One of the first things you’ll notice is the collection page has been improved…


Integrating Visual Studio Team Services with Microsoft Teams

In this post, Senior Application Development Manager, Mike Bolser demonstrates how to integrate Microsoft Teams and Visual Studio Team Services. Microsoft Teams the new chat-based workspace in Office365 offers several services to enable work group collaboration. One way of enabling work group collaboration for developers is through a built-in integration with Visual Studio Team Services….