Helping new customers get oriented, keeping our content up-to-date

We’re always working to keep our content as fresh and accurate as possible. We have some new content that we’d like to highlight and hopefully have you spread the word. On-boarding content for newcomers We recently wrote a set of overview topics to help orient visitors new to Team Services and TFS. These topics provide a framework… Read more

Git repo tokens for the security service

The VSTS platform offers a security REST endpoint which allows you to add and remove permissions on resources. (To understand the rest of this blog post, you’re going to want to skim those docs first.) Several of the security APIs, as well as TFSSecurity.exe, expect a token identifying the resource to operate on. The token… Read more

Run To Click Debugging in Visual Studio 2017

You have many options when navigating through your code with the debugger in Visual Studio including setting breakpoints, stepping, and using Run to Cursor. In Visual Studio 2017 we have introduced Run to Click, a new way to more easily debug your code – point and click style. You no longer need to set temporary… Read more

Reattach To Process in Visual Studio 2017

Sometimes when developing an application you can’t simply F5 to start debugging the application. In these cases you can use Attach to Process to debug. Many times if you need to debug this way, you will often need to attach to the same application repeatedly. In Visual Studio 2017 we have introduced Reattach to Process… Read more

Official Release of TFVC Support for the Visual Studio Team Services Plugin for Android Studio and IntelliJ

In the 1.115.0 release of the Visual Studio Team Services plugin for Android Studio and IntelliJ, Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) support is transitioning from preview mode to official release. TFVC support was added in a preview state starting September 2016 and continually has had more functionality added to it with each iteration. Its core features… Read more

Open Source Scanning in Visual Studio Team Services with WhiteSource Bolt

Most organizations today consume open source software in their development projects. The reuse of components enables great productivity gains. However, this practice has an unintended consequence: you can reuse security vulnerabilities or violate licenses without realizing the risk. I wrote about this in an article in MSDN Magazine on Rugged DevOps. For users of VSTS, there… Read more

New Git Features in Visual Studio 2017

We’ve added new Git features to Visual Studio 2017 that allow you to do more of your end-to-end workflow without leaving the IDE. You can perform a force push to complete a rebase or push an amended commit, easily view the diff for outgoing commits, unset your upstream branch, and continue patch rebase from VS…. Read more

How we are improving notifications in Team Services

Good communication is an essential ingredient to any successful development project. Whether the team is small or large, keeping everyone on the same page and informed as the project progresses helps reduce last minute surprises and ensures a smoother process overall. Notifications, whether they arrive via email, Microsoft Teams, Slack, or some other system, push… Read more

Agent-based deployment in Release Management

Release Management now supports robust in-the-box multi-machine deployment. You can now orchestrate  deployments across multiple machines, perform rolling updates while ensuring high availability of the application throughout. Agent based deployment capability relies on the same build and deployment agents. However, unlike the current approach, where you install the build and deployment agents on a set of proxy… Read more

Accelerated Continuous Testing with Test Impact Analysis – Part 1

Continuous Testing in DevOps In older testing strategies, large software changes were tested as a complete product after a so called “release to QA”, running almost all tests just before release. We know the downsides to that. On the other hand, DevOps is all about a fast development to delivery pipeline and continuous delivery of… Read more