Showing posts with label LabManagement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LabManagement. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2011

Visual Studio ALM Rangers release both VS Lab Management and Build Customization Guidance (Doc’s, code, hands-on labs, videos and posters too)

Willy's Cave - We have shipped … Visual Studio Build Customization Guidance

“This morning, we published the RTM release of Rangers Build Customization Guide on Codeplex. Kudos to the team for one of our top strategic projects in FY11.

Please help us spread the news by actively blogging about this project. Use this email as a starting point or refer to the Rangers blog or the project table of content blog post.

Project Description

This Visual Studio ALM Ranger project has the primary goal of delivering scenario based and hands-on lab guidance for the customization and deployment of Team Foundation Build 2010 activities such as versioning, code signing, and branching.

What is in the downloads?

  • Guidance contains scenario based practical guidance, frequently asked questions and quick reference posters
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    Selected PDF contains guidance and quick reference posters in PDF format only.
    - Complete contains guidance, quick reference posters and localization files in all available formats.
  • Hands-on Labs (HOL) includes:
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    HOL documents that provide walkthroughs of the technology, based on the guidance
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    HOL Package contains a HOL environment setup package allowing you to setup the HOL environment in your own environment
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    BRDLite Build Process Reference Template walk-through.
  • Samples contains sample build process templates used by the team as part of the guidance.
  • Videos which showcase the guidance in quick 5-10min videos.

The Epics included in the guidance are:

  • Practical guidance and tooling to simplify the customization of Team Foundation Build
  • Practical guidance to use Team Foundation Build process templates to automate build and non-build scenarios in Microsoft environments
  • Practical guidance to enable simple and flexible deployment of applications and their data stores
  • Practical guidance for Activities to empower developers and build engineers
  • Quality hands-on labs that complement the guidance and effectively guide the user through the features
  • Visualization of the guidance using quick reference posters

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Willy's Cave - We have shipped … Visual Studio Lab Management Guidance

“It is finally there! This morning, we published the RTM release of Rangers Lab Management Guide on Codeplex. Kudos to the team for our largest FY11 project and one of our top strategic investments for this year.

Please help us spread the new by actively blogging about it. Use this email as a starting point or refer to the Rangers blog or the project table of content blog post.

Project Description

This Visual Studio ALM Ranger project has the primary goal of delivering scenario based and hands-on guidance for the planning, setup, configuration and usage of Visual Studio Lab Management, backed by custom VM Template automation for reference environments.

Bookmark the Visual Studio Lab Management Guidance TOC blog and monitor the Visual Studio ALM Rangers blog, using tag tfslm, for the latest information on this project.

The Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 VM Factory project is a companion solution, which is focused on the Virtual Machine (VM) Factory, used by and referred to by this guidance.

The following Epics summarize the scope of the guidance which is designed for professional deployment of Lab Management in production environments.

  • Visualisation of the guidance using quick reference posters
  • Advanced golden image management using the VM Factory for Lab Management
  • Provide guidance on setting up Test environments with respect to pre-defined personas
  • Provide Guidance to enable large and small teams to setup and configure both automated and manual tests
  • Provide practical guidance for managing and maintaining a Lab Management environment
  • Provide practical guidance to enable teams to quickly setup and configure their lab management environment

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You’ve all probably already seen this news, but since my blog is as much a personal full text searchable remote memory store as it’s a blog, I want to capture the details (i.e. so in six months I’ll be able to find it again… :)

(via The Morning Brew - The Morning Brew #876)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Some common Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management questions and answers…

Richard Fennell - Common confusion I have seen with Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management

“With any new product there can be some confusion over the exact range and scope of features, this is just as true for VS2010 Lab Management as any other. In fact given the number of moving parts (infrastructure you need in place to get it running) it can be more confusing than average. In this post I will cover the questions I have seen most often.

What does ‘Network Isolation’ really mean?

So how does a tester actually connect to the test VMs from their PC?

Do I need Network Isolation – is there another option?

What agents do I need to install?

Any other limitations I might have missed?

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I’ve seen and heard some of these same questions and Richard has done a great job answering them…

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 goes RTM by the end of month. Also available will be rollup of TFS fixes/updates since its RTM

bharry's WebLog - Lab Management News

“There’s some exciting news about Visual Studio Lab Management today.  You may recall that when we released VS/TFS 2010, we declared the Lab Management capability to be “Release Candidate” quality rather then “Released” quality.  I’ve mentioned before that the reason for this was that we just hadn’t gotten enough customer feedback to feel really confident that it was 100% ready for prime time.  In truth, it really wasn’t usable in Beta 1.  In Beta 2, it wasn’t bad but it relied on adoption of TFS and the new Visual Studio Test Professional capabilities and we just didn’t see enough people get that far before VS was ready to release.  Over the past several months, we’ve been working with early adopters, diagnosing any issues they hit and fixing all the bugs.  In all we’ve fixed a few dozen since the Release Candidate.

And the great news is it’s now ready for the big leagues! :)  So, announcement #1 today at VSLive! (in Dave Mendlen’s keynote) is that Visual Studio Lab Management will “RTM” by the end of August.  There will be an update available that can be applied to your TFS server, your Test Professional client and any build/lab agents that are installed.  This patch includes not only all of the Lab Management fixes but also all of the TFS improvements that we’ve made since release (I blogged a list of them here).  It's a single patch to update all of your installs and it’s such a useful patch, we are exploring putting it on Microsoft Update as an optional update to make it even easier to discover and install. [GD: Emphasis added] …”

… I mentioned the other day in a post that we have a lot of stuff coming out this summer.  Last week I talked about the roll up QFE for TFS, yesterday I talked about VS LightSwitch, today Lab Management and we’re not done yet.  There’s more I’ll be talking about in the coming weeks.  Keep your seat belt buckled.

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Nice. We’re in the process of moving to TFS2010 and Lab Management is one of the things we’re including (we’re in the hardware acquisition phase right now) so the timing on this is great… I am looking forward to using this in my day to day world.

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Play with the Visual Studio Lab Management without paying the piper - Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 Pre-release Hyper-V VHD

Help managing your Lab Management VM’s with the “VM Prep tool for the VS 2010 RTM”

Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it isn’t real… Using Visual Studio Lab Management to help virtualize your ALM

The Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management video tour – Six videos, 30 minutes, toward Lab Management guru’ism
22 Visual Studio 2010 Testing, ALM, Coded UI, Test Elements, Lab Management and more videos

Friday, July 09, 2010

Play with the Visual Studio Lab Management without paying the piper - Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 Pre-release Hyper-V VHD

Microsoft Downloads - VHD Test Drive - Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010

“This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you to evaluate Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.

Version: 1.0
Date Published: 7/8/2010
Language: English
Download Size: 75 KB - 12647.3 MB*


Download this fully configured virtual machine of the latest release of Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010. Evaluate the new capabilities of Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 which enables teams to accelerate setup/tear down and restoration of complex virtual environments to a known state for test execution and build automation. It extends build automation by automating virtual machine provisioning, build deployment and build verification in an integrated manner. It also allows testers to file rich bugs with links to environment checkpoints that developers can use to recreate complex environments, effectively reducing wasted time and resources in your development and test lifecycle. The detailed walkthrough steps can be found here.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V is required to use this virtual machine In addition to the system requirements for Windows Server 2008 as described in the release notes, a 64-bit system with hardware-assisted virtualization enabled and data execution prevention (DEP) is required…

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Here’s the copy and paste’able download URL’s for your file downloader of choice;

http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Distributable VHD Image EULA.htm
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/README.htm
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part01.exe
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part02.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part03.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part04.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part05.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part06.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part07.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part08.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part09.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part10.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part11.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part12.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part13.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part14.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part15.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part16.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part17.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part18.rar
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/3/8/438B2F26-0575-479C-A94B-B03C1E4E32A1/Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 VHD.part19.rar

 

<whine> Microsoft, could you PLEASE make these easier to download? Use your Download Manager, provide a copy-n-paste’able direct download URL list, something! Downloading 19 RAR parts via the “Download” buttons is weak. If you really want us to play with these, then you HAVE to make them a little easier to get.  The fact that I’m thinking about writing a MS Download Direct Download URL Lister/Grabber thing is… well… sigh…</whine>

(Via ActiveWin - VHD Test Drive - Visual Studio Lab Management (pre-release) 2010)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Help managing your Lab Management VM’s with the “VM Prep tool for the VS 2010 RTM”

My ALM Blog - VM Prep tool for the VS 2010 RTM is now available

“The VM Prep Tool for Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RTM release in now available at http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/vslabmgmt

The following are the new capabilities available in this release:

  • New GUI interface which provides a simpler and improved experience. The UI supports the following options
    • Self Service Mode:  This mode should be used by owners/users of Lab environments to quickly install/upgrade agents on VMs that are part of their Lab environment. They will need to login to the VM as an administrator and run this tool on the VM to start off the installation process.
    • Admin Mode: This mode should be used by and Lab Administrators who are in charge of creating/upgrading templates with pre-installed agents. This mode requires the tool to be run from a machine with SCVMM Administrator console installed and requires the user to be an SCVMM delegated administrator.

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MSDN Code Gallery - VM Prep Tool for Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RTM Release

“Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ee712698.aspx ) enables teams to accelerate setup/tear down and restoration of complex virtual environments to a known state for test execution and build automation. You use virtual machines (VMs) or templates to create virtual environments. To enable testing, build-deploy-test workflow and network isolation capabilities on the environments, you need to install Visual Studio Test Agent, Visual Studio Lab Agent and Team Foundation Build Agent on VMs and templates that are part of the lab environments.

VM Prep Tool automates the process of upgrading/installing Test, Build, and Lab Agents on a Virtual machine and configuring them. It also provides support for automating the process of creating templates with agents installed on them. The Tool has been enhanced for the RTM release of Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 and provides the following new capabilities.

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As you’ve seen me say, the new Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management has me pretty excited. Finally we’ll get near seamless machine virtualization testing support… That’s cool!

 

Related Past Post XRef:
The Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management video tour – Six videos, 30 minutes, toward Lab Management guru’ism
22 Visual Studio 2010 Testing, ALM, Coded UI, Test Elements, Lab Management and more videos

27 pages of Team Foundation Server 2010 upgrade information from the team in the know, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers
Team Foundation Server 2010 installation, upgrade, information and more links

Visual Studio 2010 Licensing White Paper (includes Team Foundation Server, Lab Management and IntelliTrace)

PDC09 Session Video List (Okay, so I lied)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it isn’t real… Using Visual Studio Lab Management to help virtualize your ALM

MSDN Library - Using a Virtual Lab for Your Application Lifecycle

“Visual Studio Lab Management enables you to create a virtual lab to use with Team Foundation Server when you are developing or testing an application. Visual Studio Lab Management integrates with the following virtualization software:

By using virtualization with Lab Management, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Create a known clean state for all the virtual machines that are required to run an instance of your application.
  • Take a snapshot of all the virtual machines in your environment when you run a test to help developers re-create bugs.
  • Deploy your application to a virtual environment and run tests as part of a scheduled process.
  • Run manual and automated tests on the environment and collect information about any virtual machine in the environment as you run the test.
  • Attach a link to a snapshot of an environment in a bug to help a developer re-create the bug.
  • Create multiple copies of the environment that you have to have in order to run an application.
  • Run multiple copies of the environment at the same time.

To create and manage these virtual environments of virtual machines, use Microsoft Test Manager. …

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As I’ve said in past posts, I’m excited about Visual Studio Lab Management. I don’t know if this v1 will be the ticket or not, but I’m still going to give it the whole college try when it ships… ;)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
The Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management video tour – Six videos, 30 minutes, toward Lab Management guru’ism
22 Visual Studio 2010 Testing, ALM, Coded UI, Test Elements, Lab Management and more videos
Virtual image to test drive testing via image virtualization - “VHD Test Drive - Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RC”
Visual Studio 2010 Licensing White Paper (includes Team Foundation Server, Lab Management and IntelliTrace)
PDC09 Session Video List (Okay, so I lied)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management video tour – Six videos, 30 minutes, toward Lab Management guru’ism

shadowbox - Visual Studio 2010: Lab Management Videos

“Based on popular demand, here are the videos of the different scenarios and concepts in lab management, to help you get started quickly. The videos are based on Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RC. The first video is an overview and the subsequent 5 videos are part of a ‘How-to’ series starting from setup.

You can read the summary of each video below. Click here to download all the videos.

Overview - Lab Management

Provides an overview of how lab management fits into Visual Studio 2010, the various components, and the following key scenarios:

Video 1 - Setup and Configure Lab Management

Walks you through the setup and configuration steps. Shows you how to setup the Virtual Machine Manager server and how to configure lab management on Team Foundation Server.

Video 2 - Create a virtual environment

Walks you through the experience of creating your first virtual environment. Illustrates the two ways to create a new virtual environment – compose environment using running VMs and create a new environment using templates in the library

Video 3 - Create Build and Test Artifacts

Shows you how to create build and test artifacts needed to deploy your build on the environment and to run test cases. These artifacts are pre-requisites for the scenarios in the next two videos.

Video 4 - Automate the build-deploy-test cycle

Walks you through the experience of authoring and running a workflow to build your application, restore environment to a clean snapshot, deploy the build on your environment, take a post deployment snapshot, and run build verification tests.

Video 5 - File a rich bug with environment snapshots

Shows you how to file rich bugs with the environment snapshot, as you run manual tests. Also shows you how the developer can connect to the environment snapshot from the bug to reproduce the error.

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Lab Management is the new piece of VS2010 that has many people excited. It may be the key that opens machine visualization as a interregnal part of the Development/QA process for many shops…

It will be interesting seeing how Lab Management works out in the “real world.” I hope it’s something that I’ll be able to take advantage at my place. We’ll see…

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Team Foundation Server 2010 installation, upgrade, information and more links

22 Visual Studio 2010 Testing, ALM, Coded UI, Test Elements, Lab Management and more videos

Virtual image to test drive testing via image virtualization - “VHD Test Drive - Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RC”

Visual Studio 2010 Licensing White Paper (includes Team Foundation Server, Lab Management and IntelliTrace)
Visual Studio 2010 editions and “The Ultimate offer” – If you’re buying Visual Studio in the next three months, information you MUST know

PDC09 Session Video List (Okay, so I lied)