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The new web based Release Management “V.Next”


Release Management has been moving at a eager pace at Microsoft which you can see today on Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).  I have been waiting for this same experience to be available on-premises and I’m happy to say it is included with the Release Candidate of TFS 2015 Update 2! Lots of new release […]

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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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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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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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