A library of out-of-band tooling and practical guidance, extensions, and community solutions, complementing our publications (aka.ms/vsarpublications). You can get information about new features and bug fixes included in the releases here.
Library of Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services Extensions.
See how many build minutes are being used by users, build definitions, team projects and more.
Allows the Tester to perform the Test Steps even if disconnected from Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), using the exported Excel Spreadsheet.
Enables users to visualise the overall health of builds (and in future releases) on their dashboards.
Guidance and Tooling
Library of guidance and gap-filling solutions.
This plug-in enables Azure Active Directory (AAD) users to automatically be sign up (a login is created if they don’t have one already) and authenticated on a SonarQube server.
This practical guidance explores how to extend the lab and how to practically deploy it in a DevOps environment, based on a number of lab artifacts.
Assets: Install Google Chrome, JDKs for Linux, Set up Web Deploy server, Install Sublime Text, Install Slack, NPM Package, Selenium Grid, Apt-Get, Yum Package, gVim (Cream) for Windows, AWS CLI for Windows
This practical guidance and sample code is based on extensive research to address two of the commonly heard requests on Team Foundation Server security:
- Report on the effective permissions of a TFS user/group.
- Report on security auditing for TFS.
The Extracting effective permissions whitepaper and sample code been released. The Security auditing whitepaper and sample code is available, but will not be released publically as the sample may have performance implications and is not supported by Microsoft. If you need information on the auditing research, please contact the ALM Rangers.
This template deploys an Azure SQL Server, Azure SQL DB, Windows Server 2012R2 VM (Standard DS1 v2) with SonarQube installed. This template can be deployed to a new resource group (recommended) or to an existing resource group. Once the deployment is complete you can increase the resources provided to SonarQube by changing the VM from a Standard DS1 v2 machine to any larger DS_x_ v2 machine without the need to redeploy SonarQube or migrate any data.
SonarQube Installation Guide, which explains how to set up a production ready SonarQube installation to be used in conjunction with Team Foundation Server 2013 to analyse .Net apps.
TFS Planning, Disaster Avoidance and Recovery
Practical guidance for the implementation and disaster recovery planning for Team Foundation Server.
v1.4 – planning guide, workbook, and quick reference poster. All guidance, including TFS on Azure guide, is included in this package.
Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide
Practical guidance for branching and merging strategies on Team Foundation Server, Team Services, and other source control environments:
- Latest Articles (aka.ms/techarticles) – Branching strategies with TFVC, Effective feature isolation using TFVC, Effective TFVC branching strategies for DevOps, Map TFVC actions to Git, Move Git repositories between team projects, OMG, I just checked in a huge binary. Now what?.
- Blog posts – Alternative Branching Strategies, Frequently Asked Questions
- Walkthrough (Branching Strategies) – Part 1 – MAIN Only and Simplicity Rules Part 2 – Development Isolation, Part 3 – Feature Isolation, Part 4 – Release Isolation … audit alarm, Part 5 – Servicing & Release Isolation
- Walkthrough (TFVC) – Part 1 – Create a new local workspace, Part 2 – Use the local workspace in online mode, Part 3 – Use the local workspace in offline mode, Part 4 – Explore the diff and merge tools
- Git for the TFVC User Workflows – Part 1: Making Changes , Part 2: Reviewing Changes (No Conflicts), Part 3: Reviewing Changes (With Conflicts), Part 4: Converting a TFVC repository, To fork or not to fork a Git repository
- Latest versions of the Strategies, TFVC Gems, Dependency Management, and Git for TFVC guides.
| Yeoman generator to create an extension for Visual Studio Team Services or Team Foundation Server.
Delivered by the ALM community with collaboration and support from the ALM Rangers. They are not required to meet ALM Rangers quality standards, allowing the community project team to also be creative, agile, and responsive to community needs. Also refer to VS and TFS community widgets (aka.ms/widgets) for more community widgets.
Extensions – Visual Studio Team Services
Export work item queries and test plans to word direct from the web, without client installs and moving templates files between computers.
New Build/Release task to record deployment event securely to your New Relic account with a new dedicated endpoint type.
Export build definition as neatly formatted PDF. View all your build defintion details at once instead of navigating between steps or tabs.
Monitor your extension downloads, ratings and downloads/day right from the VSTS/TFS dashboard.
A requirements management and integration tool for Visual Studio Team Services.
Scrumary report for your daily scrums.
Shows a summary of the activity in all the team rooms that you are a part of.
VSTS and toggl.com integration.
View Details of work item(s) on your dashboard
Extensions – Visual Studio
This is the MyHistory Team Explorer extension originally provided as a sample in the June 2013 MSDN Magazine article – Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012
VS Online news and updates inside Visual Studio.
The TFS Community Branch Tool Visual Studio Extension is based on the ALM Rangers Quick Response Sample ALM Rangers Branch Tool vs extension. The goal is to provide a tool to automate branching task in the ALM Rangers branching guidance.
Access Team Rooms inside Visual Studio.
This package audits a specific field of a work item, showing only the revisions in which its value has changed.
Community TFS Team Tools is a community project based on the example code from ALM Rangers – Quick Response Sample Command line utility to manage TFS Teams Quick Response Sample – Command line utility to manage Team Foundation Server Teams and Users
In Team Foundation Server (TFS) it is not possible to change Process Template on an active project which contains many WorkItems data. To address this specific issue, we have developed an application called TFS Morphing. Purpose of this tool is to perform “In Place Conversion” of data from one format to another.
Retiring Extensions, Guidance and Tooling
Shared “as is”. No bug fixes, new features or updates planned.
ALM Assessment Guidance
Although the pace of new development technologies, processes and tools present a big challenge to keep up with, software quality has its roots in Application Lifecycle Best Practices, which is usually independent from the latter. Are you consulting or part of an organization which is constantly under release stress? Are you experiencing issues that make you and your developers less productive? You know that there are issues and potential for improvement but you don’t know where to start? If yes, the Rangers ALM Assessment is for you. Also see DevOps Self Assessment and ALM Catalyst Assessment.
ALM Rangers Personas and Customer Types
Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server
Demonstrates how to build a release pipeline with Team Foundation Server. It uses an iterative approach that begins with a flawed pipeline and ends with one that has automation, parallel stages, and monitoring. A collaboration between p&p and the ALM Rangers.
Config as Code for DevOps and ALM practitioners
This guidance delivers practical, scenario-based guidance for the use of PowerShell desired state configuration (DSC) to design, develop and deploy custom configuration as code resources. We guide you through the basics and practical walkthroughs, based on a real-world proof-of-concept deployments and experience from the ALM Rangers.
Continuous Testing – A practical guide with concepts and approaches
| In the new DevOps Culture, it is becoming increasingly important to react to the customer feedback quickly and ship quality product – quality is the key. One of the best practices to achieve or maintain quality is thru “Test Automation”. There are many benefits of test automation measuring quality, avoid regressions in a timely fashion and in turn help ship a high quality product that can keep happy customers. Automation has to be done in the right way and right time or else it can negatively impact productivity or quality. Here’s the latest guide and videos.
Perfecto Mobile’s unique cloud-based approach to mobile quality enablement, based on real devices and powerful ScriptOnce automation capabilities, complements Microsoft’s vision for and end-to-end mobile ALM. This project contains an overview poster, a practical guidance document, and a hands on lab that will enable understanding of the integration of the Perfecto MobileCloud for TFS and Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server.
Lab Management Guide
Practical guidance for VS Lab Management.
| Print cards from your Kanban board for use on a physical board.
Guidance focusing on new features of 2010 and how these features deliver better support for our Release Management practices.
Team Foundation Build Guidance
Includes hands-on lab guidance for the customization, deployment of Team Foundation Build.
Test Planning and Management Guide
Scenario based and practical guidance for test planning and management of test plans, test cases and shared steps when going to the next sprint, next release and when working with multiple code branches.
TFS 2010 Monitoring Management Pack
The Team Foundation Server 2010 Monitoring Management Pack delivers the capabilities for professional monitoring and management of Team Foundation Server 2010 infrastructure components.
TFS Process Template Customisation Guide
Practical guidance for Work Item Tracking (WIT) and Process Template customizations.
TFS Reporting Guide
Focused on providing practical guidance and a reference solution to enable Team Foundation Service users to create a tabular store model and generate reports based on WIT data, and to enable TFS users to create valuable reports using the TFS Data Warehouse, based on real-world scenarios.
NOTE – Trend Charts have been added as a feature to Visual Studio Team Services Update on 21 July 2014 and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 with Update 4. The feature provides all the same functionality that was provided by this CodePlex project, including several additional advantages.
TFS Upgrade Guide
Upgrade scenarios and post-upgrade issues for Team Foundation Server and associated technologies. For more information, see Upgrade your deployment to the latest version of TFS, and these blog posts New Elements of TFS 2015 that influence an upgrade, Short Lead Checklist, Long Lead Preparations, Long Lead Checklist, Post Upgrade Checklist.
Unit Test Generator
Once you’ve moved to Visual Studio 2012, what’s a dev to do without the Create Unit Tests feature? Based on the high demand on User Voice for this feature to be restored, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers have introduced the Unit Test Generator Visual Studio Extension. The extension adds the “create unit test” feature back, with a focus on automating project creation, adding references and generating stubs, extensibility, and targeting of multiple test frameworks.
NOTE – This feature has been reintroduced with Visual Studio 2015.
Visual Studio Architecture Tooling Guide
Visual Studio Test Tooling Guides
Contact us for more information, if you’re looking for any of these projects.
ALM Rangers DevOps Workbench
DevOps Deployment guidance is based around build once, and deploy to multiple environments. The ALM Rangers introduced the DevOps Workbench sample companion solution and practical guidance in collaboration with the Patterns & Practices book Building a Release Pipeline with TFS , as a great way to start learning the concepts of DevOps & Release Management for TFS 2012 and to kick the tires.
ALM Readiness Treasure Map
Provides a master catalogue (treasure map) of the available ALM Readiness content to guide us through the process of becoming proficient in ALM practices.
BRDLite Reference Templates
The Build Release and Deploy (BRD) Lite is a set of build process reference templates that allows you to quickly setup a real-world build process in your environment.
Practical Kanban Guide
Offers teams that are new to Kanban and teams that are using a manual, paper-based Kanban board, guidance and tool support for Kanban in Team Foundation Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2012.
Practical Ruck Guide
The Visual Studio ALM Rangers Ruck process evolved and used by the geographically dispersed and virtual ALM Rangers project teams.
Switch to our free Managing Agile OSS Projects with Microsoft VSO eBook (PDF).
Project Server 2007 VSTS Connector
The Visual Studio Team System Project Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management capabilities of VSTS with Project Server 2007. It’s been developed by the Visual Studio Team System Rangers in response to significant customer demand for a connector solution.
SQL Load Test
This tool takes a SQL Profiler trace file and generates a unit test that replays the same sequence of database calls found in the trace file. The unit test is designed to be used in a Visual Studio Load Test. The code generated is easily modifiable so that data variation can be introduced for the purpose of doing performance testing.
TFS Branch Tool
Implement a consistent branching model as part of team project or team creation process, that complies with the Branching and Merging Guide.
TFS Integration Platform
The TFS Integration Platform is a project that facilitates the development of tools that integrate TFS with other systems
TFS Teams Tool
Command line utility, such as TFSSecurity.exe , to add Teams and Team members to a Team Project.
TFS Word Add-In
The Team Foundation Server Word Add-in sample allows you to import work items from a Team Foundation Server Team Project and generate professional-looking Word document from TFS Work items. Find latest sample here.
Visual Studio and TFS VM Factory Guide
Guidance and a reference implementation of a software solution that automates the creation of Microsoft environments, in particular Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.
Visual Studio Coded UI Microsoft Word Add-in
Practical guidance and tooling for the Visual Studio Coded UI Microsoft Word Plug-in, which extends the Coded UI feature support to Microsoft Word documents. Find latest sample here.
Visual Studio Database Guide
Practical guidance for Visual Studio 2010 database projects.
Visual Studio Performance Quick Reference Guide
The purpose of this project is to build some insightful and practical guidance around Visual Studio Team Test.
Visual Studio Quick Reference Guide
An overview of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server in the form of compact, quick reference sheets. Users who are unfamiliar with Visual Studio get a “quick” overview of features, value and associated Rangers guidance.
WCF Load Test
This tool takes a WCF trace file and a WCF client proxy, or a WCF interface contract, and generates a unit test that replays the same sequence of calls found in the trace file. The code generated is easily modifiable so that data variation can be introduced for the purpose of doing performance testing. Find latest sample here.
Are we missing any solution in this consolidated library? If yes, please contact us with the details.
For a list of contributors for these solutions please visit Contributors of tooling and guidance solutions (aka.ms/vsarimpact).