Microsoft Visual Studio vNext & Azure

Join us for the Virtual Event for Microsoft Visual Studio vNext and Azure

A cloud-first, mobile-first, developer-first, virtual event Don’t miss the Microsoft virtual event for developers this November! Scott Guthrie, S. Somasegar, Brian Harry, and Scott Hanselman will take the stage to show innovative, new Microsoft products, services, and technologies including .NET, Azure, Visual Studio, and Visual Studio Online. Dive deeper into the technical details behind the […]

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Upgrade SQL Server 2012 for TFS 2013 to SQL Server 2014

Starting July 1st, Microsoft will be adding SQL Server 2014 to the list of license grants for Team Foundation Server 2013.  SQL Server 2014 is supported by TFS 2013 with the caveat that it has increased hardware requirements compared with previous versions. Microsoft also has a KB Article titled “Performance decreases in TFS 2013 Update […]

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SQL-RM 1.0.14164.01

Versioning your SQL Server Database using Team Build and Release Management

You’ve versioned your assemblies using Team Build before… I’m sure you are all aware of the nice little PowerShell script “ApplyVersionToAssemblies.ps1″ that updates your C# AssemblyInfo.cs files, you can find it on codeplex here.  It is part of a great project named Community TFS Build Extensions which provides a place for build engineers to share […]

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Successful Deployment of .dacpac using the RM Deployment Agent

Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 and SQL Server 2014 Database Deployments

Visual Studio 2013 comes with built-in support to manage database projects, the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) were updated in March 2014 to include support for SQL Server 2014.  If you have Visual Studio 2012 use the SQL | Check for Updates inside Visual Studio or download. If you have Visual Studio 2013 use Tools […]

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Export Visual Studio Online data to a traditional Team Foundation Server instance (for a limited time)

TFS 2013 Update 2 has been released! Microsoft has enabled a method for VSOnline Early Adopter account administrators to export their data for use in their own Team Foundation Server 2013 instance. To receive this capability, send email to: For more details please refer to the Early Adopter FAQ. You have until May 20th, 2014 […]

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Visual Studio

Get Ready for TFS 2013.2 (Update 2) RC Upgrade Weekend

2014/02/26:: Updated to include RC vs. CTP , list of RC products (go-live), CTP products (test), download link Are you excited about Team Foundation Server 2013.2 (Update 2) RC? Are you comfortable running pre-release software in production? If so, you might want to consider scheduling your TFS upgrade for Friday February 28th and Saturday March […]

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Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP 1 Available

Do NOT install the CTP on a production server (TFS, Release Management, etc.), you cannot upgrade to future CTPs or releases, nor can you uninstall a CTP to go back to your previous release.  Visual Studio CTPs can of course be upgraded so feel free to update your workstation unless you are working with LightSwitch […]

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Release Management Server with Update 1

Applying Update 1 to Release Management for Visual Studio 2013

Update 1 was released for Visual Studio 2013 on January 17th, 2014, while no Update 1 existed for TFS 2013 Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 did.  The public downloads for RM 2013 Update 1 are located here.  You can also get the Update 1 files on MSDN here and here.  The major differences between […]

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Load Test Wizard | Browser Type

Internet Explorer 11 User Agent Definition for Visual Studio Load Tests

If you want to add Internet Explorer 11 as a Browser Type when you configure a Load Test with Visual Studio 2013 you simply have to create a file named IE11.browser with the following contents: <Browser Name=”Internet Explorer 11.0″ MaxConnections=”6″>   <Headers>     <Header Name=”User-Agent” Value=”Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko” />     <Header Name=”Accept” Value=”*/*” />     <Header Name=”Accept-Language” Value=”{{$IEAcceptLanguage}}” />     <Header Name=”Accept-Encoding” Value=”GZIP” />   </Headers> </Browser> Save the file to the following directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio […]

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Release Management | Releases

Need a New Years Resolution? Implement Release Management Server for TFS 2013

Part 1 I know most of the readers here know that a build server was never meant to do deployments of your software.  During the middle part of 2013 Microsoft acquired the InRelease business unit from InCycle Software, this software product has since been integrated into the Visual Studio 2013 family of products as we […]

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Hosting the VS 2013 ALM VM in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine

I am recommending the use of a Windows Azure Virtual Network for this exercise so the virtual machine does not have any ports open to the internet (public facing).  If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the steps in the article feel free to leave a comment. Steps we’ll be performing in this […]

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SharePoint 2013 Maintenance Window Notifications

In case you missed it, SharePoint 2013 introduced a new class named SPMaintenanceWindow.  This class makes it super easy to notify your users of upcoming maintenance to your SharePoint Farm at the Content Database level. I read a blog post by Joe Rodgers a Microsoft SharePoint PFE who demonstrated what can be done with this […]

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Using CloudShare TeamLabs for Dev/Test with TFService

UPDATE:: Corrected length of trial for CloudShare TeamLabs from 30 days to 14 days. I have been using CloudShare for over two years now and thought a blog post was past due.  In the not so distant past I used either Hyper-V or VMware Workstation for all of my various SharePoint development environments and client […]

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