New Release Definition Editor in Team Services

Have you ever struggled to create a mental model of how the deployments to your environments would progress? We are introducing the pipeline view for your release definitions that will show how your deployments flow. Approvals, environment and deployment settings are now in-context and easily configurable. The new release definition editor is currently in early adopter… Read more

Visual Studio Team Services demonstrates how Microsoft Loves Java

To demonstrate our continued commitment to support Java developers and their full lifecycle DevOps needs with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS), I want to share some of our recent and exciting Java-related feature announcements. Our teams are working with large and small Java teams every day to better understand their… Read more

Using Open Source Components? Using TFS?

Back in March, I wrote about the WhiteSource Bolt extension for VSTS. This is a fantastic way to automate security checks for open source vulnerabilities in the release pipeline of your team project. The most frequent question I’ve received is, When can we have this for TFS too? I’m happy to announce that the extension… Read more

Defining variables while creating a Release in RM

We have had a number of customers ask us how they can create / define variables while creating a Release, similar to how they can do this while queueing a Build.  So I thought I would write a quick blog that explains how this can be done. For reference, below is the screenshot of how… Read more

Build 2017 Recap

It was a busy week for everyone last week at the Build 2017 conference in Seattle. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the conference and stop by the DevOps area to talk about VSTS. Even for the people that were there in person it is impossible to catch everything, but also for the… Read more

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) IntelliJ plugin now included with JetBrains Rider IDE releases

I am pleased to announce the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) IntelliJ plugin is now built-in and provided with JetBrains Rider IDE out-of-the-box. The plugin is a result of a partnership between JetBrains and Microsoft. Previously, both of our companies provided separate plugins accessing certain features of VSTS and TFS…. Read more

Announcing public preview of the new Deployment Groups in Release Management

Today we are excited to announce the public preview of the new Deployment Groups in Visual Studio Team Services. Release Management now supports robust in-the-box multi-machine deployment. You can now orchestrate  deployments across multiple machines, perform rolling updates whilst ensuring high availability of the application throughout. Agent based deployment capability relies on the same build and deployment agents…. Read more

Use Azure portal to setup Continuous Delivery for Web App On Linux

Continuous Delivery in Visual Studio Team Services simplifies setting up a robust deployment pipeline for your Web App on Linux.  By default, the pipeline builds a container image, pushes the image to a container registry and deploys the new image to the Web App. You can easily add another Azure Web App on Linux to… Read more

Team Services Extensions Roundup – April

A 6 month high of 30 new Visual Studio Team Services extensions got added to the Marketplace in April. It was really hard to only pick two from such a big set so I encourage everyone to check them all out on the ‘Recently Added’ section of our Marketplace. There are two extensions I want… Read more

How to Build & Deploy a Java Web Application using Team Services and Azure

So, you’ve heard the tagline “Microsoft Loves Java” but the skeptic in you still has doubts. Well, it’s true! Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) are Microsoft developer toolkits to help developers plan, design, develop, test, deploy and support (the entire DevOps cycle) with all programming languages, including Java. We have… Read more