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TFS 2017 Update 1 – Points of Interest

March 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

The release of Update 1 for TFS 2017 brings many enhancements across the board. Although when viewed individually, many of these appear to be minor; the cumulative effect has some significant benefits. This post will cover some of the highlights, all the details can be found in the Release Notes. General Audience Improvements: In addition to overall improvements in the UI/UX, two specific capabilities were added …

Migrating Release Management 2013/2015 to Release Management Service

November 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

A lot of stuff has happened in the wonderful Microsoft world in the past few weeks. If you weren’t aware, Visual Studio Online is now Visual Studio Team Services! And in VS Team Services, the next-gen Release Management Service is now in public preview! If you’re starting to look into the Release Management Service, you’ll probably note that it’s a bit different than the old agent-based …

Microsoft Release Management: The Next Generation

August 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

Since this post was written, Microsoft has released their own update on Release Management. As a result, we’ve opted to remove our blog post in favor of pointing you toward Microsoft’s blog. You can see the whole story directly from Microsoft here.

Build tasks for Release Management 2015

August 14, 2015 | By | No Comments

I think I might be obsessed with the new build system. I was getting bored with blogging about it, so I took a break… to write some custom tasks for interacting with Release Management. There are two tasks: RMAgentRelease TokenManager These just replicate the behavior that was built into the Release Default Template in TFS2013 — the Token Manager allows you to swap your tokenized files …

Visual Studio 2015 RTM is due July 20th

June 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

Earlier this week, Soma, Microsoft CVP of the Developer Division, shared that the final releases of Visual Studio 2015 — which includes Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Release Management, and .NET 4.6 — will be available for download on July 20th, 2015. In Soma’s announcement, he said “Visual Studio 2015 is a big release.  We are opening up Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms – from …

Build vNext is in public preview

May 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

If you’ve talked to me about TFS at all in the past 6 months, I’ve probably talked your ear off about “Build vNext” or “Build Preview”, the new cross-platform, cross-technology build system coming in TFS 2015 that’s going to totally replace the awkward, hard-to-modify XAML build system that we’ve had since TFS 2010. If you’re a Visual Studio Online user, you may have noticed a “Build …

TFS/Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate and more from //Build/

April 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Brian Harry has a massive blog post about everything announced today at //Build/. For those who haven’t heard yet, I’ll list some highlights, but I highly recommend going and reading Brian’s blog. This is truly exciting stuff! Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2015 Release Candidates are out — production-supported! Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 5 Release Candidates are out — also production-supported! …

Continuous Deployment to Azure Web Sites with Release Management

March 13, 2015 | By | No Comments

In my previous post, we looked at the various options available for enabling continuous deployment to Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environments. We’ll now take a look at a brief comparison between two PaaS offerings in Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services and Azure Web Sites, and then dig into a basic continuous deployment implementation for Azure Web Sites. PaaS computing environments allow development teams and organizations to delegate typical …

Continuous Deployments to Azure Platform-as-a-Service Environments

February 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

In November, Microsoft announced the preview of Release Management as part of Visual Studio Online. This  capability allows teams to easily configure automated continuous deployments to virtual machines running in  Azure, aligning to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud computing model. While there are many   benefits to leveraging Azure for IaaS deployments, greater agility and savings can be realized via other cloud  models and Azure services beyond …

Big News from Microsoft Connect()!

November 12, 2014 | By | No Comments

Lots of news today from Microsoft Connect — way too much for one blog post! Here are the highlights: Visual Studio / TFS / Release Management 2013 Update 4 is out! Visual Studio 2015 Preview is available!. The .NET framework is also losing its traditional version number — the next release of .NET will be .NET 2015, not .NET 4.6 or 5.0. This will help clear …

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