Please uninstall our deprecated extensions!

Are you using one of these [partially] deprecated extensions from the marketplace? Revisions: 2017.10.01 – Add File Owner Print Cards 800+ installations remain. Deprecated since October 4th, 2016. Extension was deprecated aa the gap was filled by Agile Cards. Latest sample code can be found here. Folder Management 25k+ installations remain. Partially deprecated for Visual…

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Why we’re using AWS, not Azure, to store our OSS releases

We’ve received the question “why are you storing your releases on AWS and not on Azure” for projects, such as the vsts-agent and ALM-Rangers/Migrate-assets-from-RM-server-to-VSTS. For example, when you’re downloading a release from either of these projects you’ll notice amazonaws in the download URLs, as highlighted below: Both projects, and others, are open source solutions (OSS)…

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Azure Function – Provisioning and configuring our Azure Function infrastructure

In our earlier article, Azure Functions – Prepare for continuous delivery, we began our series of blog posts on using Azure Function with Visual Studio 2017. We continue the automation of the creation and update of our Azure infrastructure, also known as provisioning. It’s important that we can recreate and configure our infrastructure in a…

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Azure Functions – Prepare for continuous delivery

As part of our research of using Feature Flags with VSTS extensions, we exposed our secure VSTS token based solution, implemented with Azure Functions to: Generate a hash Key by server-side To call the REST API of LaunchDarkly We’re dogfooding our own research outcome! We’re implementing the Azure Functions, backed by a CI/CD pipeline. In…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Jesse Powell

Who are you?  I have been with Microsoft for 11 years, all of them with Microsoft Consulting Services. During that time my focus has been both as an ALM coach, acting as build master, scrum master, or release manager for our high profile development engagements, and as a TFS/VSTS SME, overseeing and executing high impact…

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Deprecating our Folder Management extension

The Folder Management extension was one of the first extensions we published on the marketplace, spear headed by Wouter de Kort. We are building a ‘create folder’ feature in the product for VSTS and TFS 2018 or higher. Because of this, we’re deprecating this extension for those products. Once support for earlier versions of TFS…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Lia Keston

Who are you? I’m a Consultant in the Modern Apps Domain (Joint DOD space) and I’ve been in Software Development for almost 25 years.  I enjoy solving “unsolvable” problems for my customers and I’m rewarded by seeing the tangible value that software solutions bring to them.  Outside of work, I spend my time with my…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Henry Been

Who are you?My name is Henry Been, an architect at SnelStart Software. I am responsible for working with our development teams to create working, problem solving software out of ideas of our product owners. In this capacity I am very focused on the goal of continuously delivering value and less on the goal of creating…

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How Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) makes an enterprise agile

To run a business successful a company actually needs to master two things in particular: “Doing the right things” “Doing the things right” At least this is what management schools are using as one of the key principals for managing a business. Obviously VSTS enables teams to build solutions “right”. It provides first-class features for…

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Our journey of a continuous transformation to a DevOps culture

In 2015, the ALM Rangers moved from a traditional organization to self-organizing teams and embraced a DevOps culture. We started an article, or is it a journal, that captures the process we used, the results we observed, and how the Rangers reacted to the transition. You can find the latest version here. It should come…

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