TFS Test Hub: What Does It All Mean?

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Ok.  So if you want to do QA testing — “manual testing” in Microsoftspeak — with Team Foundation Server (TFS) or Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), you’re going to spend a lot of time in the Test Hub.  The vast majority of QA/manual testing features have moved to the web interface as of TFS2015 and the Test Hub […]

Enable Verbose Debug Mode for TFS Build vNext

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Here’s a “hidden in plain sight” quick tip: how to turn on verbose debugging mode for your Team Foundation Server vNext Build. The short answer is that you need to set the ‘system.debug’ variable to true for your build.  You can set this to true for a single instance of the build or you can change […]

Edit a Connection String from a TFS vNext Build

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In my last post, I talked about how to create an ASP.NET Web Application that’s easy to deploy from your Team Foundation Server vNext Build (TFS Build vNext).  Well, part of the pain of deploying an ASP.NET Web Application (ASP.NET MVC or ASP.NET Web Forms) from a build is dealing with database connection strings.  So […]

An ASP.NET MVC Site That’s Easy to Deploy from a TFS Build

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By this point, you’ve probably heard that Team Foundation Server 2015 has a completely new build system.  As part of it, it organizese and compiles the code slightly differently than the old XAML-based TFS Build system.  First off, when you run a vNext build on a build server, you got four folders: a, b, s, and […]

Create a TFS Team Project via the web

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So all the hype and heat seems to be with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) lately.  All the newest and coolest features show up in the cloud-based version of Team Foundation Server first.  Well, there’s still plenty of cool stuff in the on-premise version of TFS2015, too. But sometimes these features can be a little bit […]

TfsUtility: Import / Export Build & Release Definitions + more

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I’ve been doing a bunch of work with the new version of Build and Release Management in Team Foundation Server 2015 (TFS2015) lately and discovered a handful of things that I wish that I could do from the command line.  Specifically, I wished that I could import and export my build definitions and release definitions.  Well, a couple […]

Scrum Master Tip: Hang Back

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I taught a Professional Scrum Foundations for Teams (PSF) class this week.  A core part of the PSF is a series of compressed Scrum Sprints where the students work together to build simple websites.  One of the scrum masters this week’s class had fantastic technical skills and was the team’s technical lead in “real life”.  […]

Handling Passwords in Visual Studio / TFS Releases & Builds

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Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) have these really handy features that let you define DevOps release pipelines for your applications.  To get to it, go to the web portal for your Team Project and click the Releases tab. Whether you use Releases (aka. “Release Management”) in TFS/VSTS or whether you use […]

 

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