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: vsoexportsupport@microsoft.com. For more details please refer to the Early Adopter FAQ. You have until May 20th, 2014 […]

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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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Microsoft Monitoring Agent 2013 includes the IntelliTrace Collector for Visual Studio


The Microsoft Monitoring Agent that was released on September 24th, 2013 now incorporates functionality that was previously available with the IntelliTrace Collector for Visual Studio, System Center Operations Manager Agent and .NET Application Performance Monitoring.  To analyze data collected you must have Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 or Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 Update 4. The Microsoft […]

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Sign in to Visual Studio 2013 Preview

Synchronize your VS 2013 settings across multiple machines


Sign in to Visual Studio 2013 within 14 days with your Microsoft account to synchronize your settings across multiple machines and register your product. NOTE: For Visual Studio 2013 Preview, this experience is only available in English. Here are the screenshots for the experience If you have two-factor authentication enabled use the Authenticator App and […]

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Visual Studio 2013 Preview, Windows Client 8.1 Preview

Visual Studio 2013 Preview and even more previews…


Even if you don’t have an MSDN subscription it is still possible to get all of the previews that have been mentioned at Build 2013 and TechEd 2013 Windows Client 8.1 Preview Visual Studio 2013 Preview Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview .NET Framework 4.5.1 Preview SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 System Center 2012 R2 Preview […]

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Microsoft Monitoring Agent 2013 Preview includes updated IntelliTrace Standalone Collector


Microsoft has released previews of the updated Microsoft Monitoring Agent 2013 for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.  It now includes the IntelliTrace Standalone Collector which supports the following editions of Visual Studio: Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Preview Visual Studio Ultimate 2012.2 (Update 2) The IntelliTrace Collector is located in the following directory: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Monitoring Agent\Agent\IntelliTraceCollector […]

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