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Ready to update System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 with SP1


  As you may remember Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management leverages SCVMM R2 2008 and now that SP1 has been released you can update your installation with all of the service pack goodness. Updates you should have already applied Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 […]

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The lab service account available on this machine is not valid


  If you receive the following error chances are the lab service account on the domain has either expired or is locked out.  Here is the error you will receive on your test machines, selecting repair has no effect until the password/account issue is resolved: Cannot connect to the controller on ‘tfs.lab.local:6901’. The lab service […]

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Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN Licensing White Paper (updated)


Microsoft has released an updated copy of their whitepaper (Published 8/5/2011) which provides an overview of the Visual Studio 2010 product line, including MSDN subscriptions, and the licensing requirements for those products in common deployment scenarios. It is available in DOC, PDF and XPS formats.  Here are the list of changes for August 2011: Addition […]

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Network Isolation and Domain Joined Machines


  If you decide to build an environment in Lab Manager which has a server performing the domain controller role, when you are joining the machines to the domain make sure you don’t rename them.  If you do you will get “Additional Information” messages displayed about the state of those machines. Network isolation is complete. […]

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If environment name contains a "," a suitable build agent cannot be found by the controller


If an environment is created in Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) in Lab Center and the name contains a “,” the build controller is unable to find an enabled build agent.  Once I renamed Calc (Fenced, Test) to Calc (Complete) the build was able to proceed. Do not bother trying to "Tag” the build agent to […]

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Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 Books You Should Pre-Order


  Software Testing with Visual Studio 2010 By Jeff Levinson Topics include: Planning your tests using Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) Creating test settings, structuring test cases, and managing the testing process Executing manual tests with Microsoft Test Manager and Test Runner Filing and resolving bugs, and customizing your bug reporting process Automating test cases and […]

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Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 with Lab Management Enabled


This is probably one of the coolest features that shipped with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010. To start with if you do not have Hyper-V configured and you have a VMware environment then you should probably read this post to find out what is not supported. What’s in it for me (READ: Do Less, […]

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Free Training on TFS 2010, Microsoft Test Manager and Lab Manager in Ottawa


Agenda Registration information and link to register is located below. Migration to TFS 2010 (10h00) Migration of VSS to TFS (20 min.) Automating the Build (Something you can’t do with VSS) (20 Min.) User story (Real application context for this presentation) (20 min.) 11h00 Break Manual Tests by Developer (11h30) Adding a tester to the […]

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Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build 2nd Edition


Released on December 24th, 2010 at Amazon.ca. The 2nd edition of William Bartholomew and Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi covers the new features of 2010. New extensive coverage of building C++ Projects with MSBuild Complete rewrite of the Team Build sections to cover the new Workflow build orchestration Details on new MSBuild 4.0 features like inline tasks, […]

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Looking for code samples? Check out the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework


The Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is a free, centralized code sample library provided by the Microsoft Community team whose goal is to provide typical code samples for all Microsoft development technologies. Code samples are written based on developers frequently asked programming tasks and can be downloaded from the codeplex site. You can also “Request a […]

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