Investigating Memory Leaks in Azure Web Sites with Visual Studio 2013

One of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2013 is the ability to analyze managed memory issues. Recently, Azure Web Sites added support to programmatically get mini-dumps and “diagsession” files that have heap information from Azure Web Sites in production. In this walkthrough, I’ll show you how to combine these two new features to… Read more

Customization and configuration in VS ALM

With Visual Studio ALM and TFS, you gain access to a wealth of tools, many of which you configure or can customize. Common areas that team’s customize include team alerts, team home page, shared queries, and test platforms. For on-premises deployments, you can also add fields, customize work item types (WITs), and Agile planning tools. … Read more

How to configure Team Foundation Server with Release Management

  Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 (RM) is tightly integrated with TFS. In order to communicate with TFS, RM uses a service account to access different functionality of TFS. Here are the necessary minimal permissions that the account must have. If possible, to keep things simple, we recommend an account that is part of… Read more

Implementing custom events in Application Insights

Application Insights Usage reports can supply an incredible wealth of information by simply adding a single line of JavaScript. Such as how many people visit a page, what browsers are they using, what operating systems they are using, where are they visiting from etc etc etc –but this doesn’t tell the entire story.  For instance,… Read more

Announcing Team Foundation Server Administration Tool

We are pleased to announce that the TFS Administration Tool 2.3 has been updated support Team Foundation Server 2013 and the Team Foundation Server 2013 object model so it can be installed on machines running either the stand-alone object model or Visual Studio 2013. This release now supports SharePoint groups/roles.… Read more

A handful of ALM Ranger solutions landed to close off another exciting VS ALM year

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to highlight a number of new and updated practical guidance, practical experience and out-of-band solutions that have landed in recently. latest (new or upgraded) solutions Unit Test Generator v1.2 and Tim’s Gremlins TFS Upgrade Guide comes out of silent BETA release and ships v3 for TFS 2013 Looking… Read more

How to debug Release Management components

  Enable logs on Microsoft Deployment Agent: The first and most easy way to debug why an action/component is failing is to open the logs available through the deployment step of your release within Release Management (RM) client. To do this, open your release, access the View Log section, click on the Details button of… Read more

Configuring Release Management to work across untrusted domains

There are times when you will want Release Management (RM) to interact with machines that are not part of the same domain. This post details the steps required to configure RM to work across untrusted domains.  Configuring the Microsoft Deployment Agent  Follow these steps to configure the Release Management Server and the Deployment Agent on… Read more

Announcing Visual Studio 2013 Virtual Machine with Application Lifecycle Management Hands-on-Labs and Demo Scripts

The Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is available for download along with 4 hands-on-labs / demo scripts which introduce some of the new ALM capabilities which have been added in this release. The 4 hands-on-labs take a scripted approach towards learning this content. These labs double as demo scripts in case you want… Read more

Application Insights Microsoft Monitoring Agent setup and trouble shooting FAQ

Application Insights has only been available for a month; so it doesn’t come as any surprise that most of the questions and issues have been on the setup process and many of those question has been around the setup of the Microsoft Monitoring Agent. This document should help with the issues we have seen to… Read more