Using ‘Visual Studio Agent Deployment’ task on machines not connected to the internet

‘Run Functional Tests’ (RFT) task is used for running functional tests using remote machines or to run tests in a distributed manner using multiple machines. With TFS 2017 Update 2 and VSTS, You can use “Run Functional Tests” task to run tests using Visual Studio Test Agent 2017. The RFT task needs a companion ‘Deploy… Read more

Public Preview: New Widgets for Visual Studio Team Services

(Updated May 10, 2017) We’re now taking our three new widgets into a full public preview.  No need to email us for access… just head over to the marketplace to install the new Analytics extension. – – – – – – – – – Today we’re releasing a private preview of three new dashboard widgets… Read more

Setup continuous deployment to Azure Government using Visual Studio Team Services

Azure Government clouds provide private and semi-isolated locations for specific Government or other services, separate from the normal Azure services. Highest levels of privacy have been adopted for these clouds, including restricted data access policies. Azure Government clouds are completely isolated environments and require unique Azure endpoints to manage the services offered there. They support authentication using management certificate,… 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

Visual Studio Team Services Integration with Jenkins

Introduction Visual Studio Team Services (or Team Foundation Server) is a bundled suite of DevOps tools that can also integrate with other tools used by your team.  Its REST APIs, hooks, and extension points are frequently leveraged to build custom integrations.  Team Services also includes a growing list of preinstalled integrations.  One of its integrations… Read more

How we use RM – Part 1

The teams that contribute to VSTS (TFS and other micro-services like Release Management, Package Management, etc) began using Release Management to deploy to production as outlined by Buck Hodges in this blog. However, in Feb this year, there was some feedback that it was difficult to debug failed deployments using RM, and that engineers were… Read more

Configuring your release pipelines for safe deployments

For large and high scale applications, the promise of “enterprise grade” availability and high reliability levels are key to customer confidence on the applications. Continuous delivery pipelines for such scaled out applications typically consist of multiple environments. DevOPS enables faster & automated delivery of changes, thereby helping customers with the most advanced set of features…. Read more

Update on Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2017

Last month, we shipped Visual Studio 2017 RTM and since then we’ve had many reports on Team Explorer issues.  In a nutshell, the quality of Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2017 RTM isn’t up to our usual standards. Most of the bugs stem from 2 sets of changes: a major refactor of the authentication library and moving… Read more

Deploy PHP application to Azure App Service using VSTS

This blog post shows how you can deploy a new PHP application from Visual Studio Team Services or Microsoft Team Foundation Server to Azure App Service. Download the sample Fork the Hello World sample app repository to your github account https://github.com/RoopeshNair/php-docs-hello-world Create a web app From Azure portal > App Services > + Add Select… Read more