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

Test Controller, Test Agent versions and their usage in different scenarios

There have been several questions on the different scenarios related to running automated tests in various workflows and which versions can / cannot be used. Let’s use the following 2 names for categorizing how agents get used: Test Controller/Test Agent (TC/TA) scenarios – this refers to on-premises load testing, running automated tests in the XAML build workflows,… Read more

Azure App Services Continuous Delivery

We are continuously working on improving and simplifying the deployment experience to Azure from Visual Studio Team Services. As a part of that effort, we are excited to announce preview of the Continuous Delivery feature we have added for App Services in the Azure portal. Continuous Delivery simplifies setting up a robust deployment pipeline, you… Read more

Announcing general availability of Release Management

Today we are excited to announce the general availability of Release Management in Visual Studio Team Services. Release Management is available for Team Foundation Server 2017 as well. Since we announced the Public Preview of Release Management, we have been adding new features continuously and the service has been used by thousands of customers whose… Read more

Tracking branch health and identifying flaky tests in RM driven test automation

In my previous blog post, I had written about how we have a single Release Definition for our team which runs all the test environments in parallel.  Now that Release Management supports branch based filters while listing releases, it is very easy to track the health of a particular branch.  Further, with the work the… Read more

Pricing for Release Management in TFS “15”

[Update on  Nov 16, 2016] This article is now outdated. With the RTM version of TFS 2017, we have the final pricing model for Release Management. For more information, see our official documentation. Since the new version of Release Management was introduced in TFS 2015 Update 2, it has been in “trial mode“. Any user… Read more

Effective Patterns for Feature Flags

Today, we are inviting Edith Harbaugh from LaunchDarkly as a guest writer for the ALM Blog to talk a little bit about the different patterns of Feature Flag implementations which has been a common topic I get asked about from many of you.  If you didn’t see it, Edith joined us on stage at Build… Read more

Continuous deployment/delivery with Jenkins and VS Team Services

Release Management (VS Team Services) lets you automate your deployments so that you could deliver your apps/services easily and deliver them often. You can setup the CI and CD process all on VS Team Services. However, if you have the CI pipeline already set with Jenkins, VS Team Services has good integration points through its… Read more

Authoring VS Team Services extension with Build/Release Tasks

Background Build and Release services are available with Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server 2015. Both these services rely on a set of tasks that are used to define build steps or deployment tasks. A set of out of the box tasks are provided from the system. There is a provision for you… Read more

Release Management planning update – 2016 H2

Now that we are done with a majority of items listed in our 2016 H1 plan, it is time to talk about our plans for 2016 H2. Most of the features listed below will first be available in VS Team Services, and they will be available on-premises in TFS vNext. We are quite early in… Read more