Set up a CI/CD pipeline to run automated tests efficiently

Are you planning to implement automated testing in your pipeline? You probably have a few questions, such as: How does automated testing fit into DevOps? What are some different types of pipeline configurations? What key principles should you keep in mind? This post aims to answer these questions and talk about the automation of tests….

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Contributing to the VSTS Developer Tools Build Tasks extension

About a year ago I helped one of my clients transition from Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 to Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). In some of their XAML builds they heavily relied on the ability to check in generated content during their builds, something that broke due to the fact that tf.exe could no longer…

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DevOps sticker or (temporary) tattoo?

You’ve probably seen Donovan’s definition of DevOps and the associated sticker by now. While reviewing the where are we in Donovan’s [from 0 to DevOps] world post, I asked Donovan which seven (7) points we should tattoo on our forearms to guide us with DevOps transformations. Here’s the list he gave me, with overviews and…

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Release Management Workflow Migrator v1

We are pleased to announce that we have released v1.0 of the Release Management Workflow Migrator tool and guidance. It enables you to export your Release Management agent based deployment pipeline and reuse in Team Foundation Server or Team Services. It’s an open source project, allowing you to use “as is”, customise or contribute to…

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Release notes for the latest tools and extensions (aka.ms/vsarreleases)

Get information about new features and bug fixes included in the latest releases of tools and extensions. Release notes, listed from latest to oldest. EOF S127 2017.11.14 Show Area Path Dependencies – v1.2.25 Add deprecation notification. EOF S126 2017.11.11 Folder Management – v1.3.96 New icon for Connect() marketplace consistency cleanup. 2017.11.09 Roll-up Board Widget –…

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Migrating from RM 2013 to TFS 2015 at Payoneer

      “The migrator tool from RM Server to the new TFS RM is fantastic and can really smooth up the upgrade experience.” – Shmulik Ahituv, DevOps Team Leader, Payoneer    payoneer.comNorth-AmericaIndustry cross-border payments Profile Payoneer enables millions of businesses and professionals from more than 200 countries, to grow globally by facilitating seamless, cross-border…


A really COOL feature we noticed on Visual Studio Team Services … boards becomes alive

No more “please refresh the board” requests when you share the Kanban board during a teleconference call. Notice the icon? It enables live updates of the board. Once enabled, everyone in your team, even those located in geographically distributed locations, can observe changes made to the board. Magic! You have to evaluate this feature ……

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What do you think of the new crisp and practical guidance?

We have made significant progress with our plans to innovate and modernise our guidance solutions. The next generation of the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide will be hosted on www.visualstudio.com as articles, such as Map TFVC actions to Git and Move Git repositories between team projects. Intent is to blend into the product…

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Ranger December 2015 Flash – Last deliverables before rebooting into the new year

   shipped Continuous Testing – A practical guide with concepts and approaches explores concepts, examples and practical guidance on test automation. Print Cards journal is now included with the source code and the team is busy planning the v2 release. Release Management Workflow Migrator enables you to export a Release Management agent based deployment pipeline so that…

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Release Management Workflow Migrator

Looking to export a Release Management agent based deployment pipeline so that it can be reused in the Release Management service in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)? We have released a migration tool and associated guidance as an open source project, allowing you to use “as is” or contribute to the project. If a Pull…

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