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Meet an InCycle team member: David Jung – Senior ALM Consultant

May 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

Meet our featured InCycle Team Member of the Month! David Jung recently joined InCycle Software as a Senior ALM Consultant after spending the last 7 years in at Microsoft Corp. as a Technology Specialist. Tell us a little about yourself? Prior to joining InCycle, I was with Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group where I helped customers understand and employ software development best practices and tools …

Validating TFS in a regulated environment

May 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

We are asked the question all the time about how to execute the validation process to allow for the use of TFS into the production environment. When working with the regulatory departments of our clients we find that the effort involved for the validation project is too high. When we start measuring the duration of the project in many months then there more then likely too …

Release Management Update 3 CTP 1 is released!

May 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Last week, I mentioned that RM Update 3 CTP1 would be out soon… and now it is! The big new feature here is Desired State Configuration support for deploying to both on-prem environments and Azure environments. Keep in mind, this is a CTP release, so don’t install it on any servers that you care about! More details on Update 3 CTP1 More blog posts about DSC …

Improved integration with non-TFS build systems in Release Management Update 2

May 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

I was doing some work with Release Management Update 2 today and noticed something that I hadn’t seen anyone else talking about yet: It now supports two-part paths for components that are set to “build externally”. Basically, RM has three options for how it gets to the binaries it’s going to deploy: “Builds with Application” “Builds Independently” “Builds Externally” The first two integrate with TFS, so you …

News from TechEd 2014: Upcoming features for Release Management

May 12, 2014 | By | No Comments

Some big news for Release Management, hot off the presses from TechEd! Brian Harry was just talking about DevOps and Release Management, and shared the following tidbits with us: Release Management is going to natively support Desired State Configuration, starting with RM Update 3. RM Update 3 CTP 1 is coming out in around a week (so, May 19th), with support for DSC. RM is going to have …

Release Management Update 2 is now available!

May 12, 2014 | By | No Comments

Microsoft released Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 today. The Community Technology Preview and Release Candidate versions have been floating around for a while now, but now it’s out for real. You can grab it from MSDN, as always! I blogged about the big new feature in Update 2, server tags,back in February, not too long after the first CTP came out. The feature …

Desired State Configuration (DSC) 201 – Custom Actions

May 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

In my last blog post, Desired State Configuration 101 – An intro to DSC, I talked a little bit about what Desired State Configuration is, what you can do with it, and showed a sample DSC script that installs the MSMQ Windows feature on a server. Today, I’m going to expand our script to do a little bit more… We’re going to use it to manage …

Using Multiple Work Item Types as Requirements with MTM 2013

May 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) ships with some great testing tools. Microsoft Test Manager 2013 (MTM) is a nice tool specializing in the implementation of manual testing. One of the key features of TFS is the ability to link work items to one another (For example: Requirements->Tests) providing the foundation for building traceability matrixes. MTM out of the box will allow for you to add requirements to …

Desired State Configuration 101 – An intro to DSC

May 7, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello! I want to take a break from talking about Release Management today and tackle a slightly different topic: Desired State Configuration (DSC). Release Management is great for deploying software, but what if you have extremely complex server setups that require a lot of “moving parts” to all be set up and configured properly before you can install your software? That’s where Desired State Configuration (DSC) …

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