Now Available: BK’s Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine + Hands-on-Labs & Demo Scripts

27 11 2013

Brian Keller has just published his new dev VM.

This virtual machine replaces the previous Visual Studio 2013 ALM virtual machine which was based on Preview bits. This is a publicly downloadable set of content, so you may feel free to share this with your customers, partners, etc. It’s designed to be both a tool for demonstrating our ALM story and as a self-paced training environment for learning how to use our ALM tools.

This virtual machine is configured with:
• Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation
• Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013
• Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013
• Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
• Microsoft Visio Professional 2013
• Microsoft Release Management for Visual Studio 2013
• Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard
• Sample users and data required to support hands-on-lab scripts which accompany this download and exercise 4 new ALM scenarios.

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TF30063: You are not authorized to access …

9 08 2013

When working with more than one account, you frequently get an error trying to connect to a TFS server. This happens both in the on premises or int the TFSPREVIEW.COM service. The most painful process, suggests you clear all your ached credentials, but this is a real pain, and you’ll have to do it every time you change the server/project that requires a different account.

Searching for a solution, I found this great/simple/elegant post ( with my favorite solution for the problem:

  • open a browser window inside the Visual studio (View->Other Windows->Web Browser; Ctrl+W, W (or Ctrl+Alt+R in VS2012))
  • access the server URL
  • logout from the erroneous account
  • now connect to the server again and inser your correct credentials


Your done!


A day in the field: my usual tools and the new goodies

11 04 2012

Being a senior consultant in the Information Worker area, Sharepoint and development are my middle names on a day-by-day basis.  Every year I actively work on 15 to 20 projects, most of them in different clients, with different teams.

As most of you, I simply feel repetitive work is a serious waste of time and resources, for which I don’t have a miracle cure, but I do have a couple of what I like to call good practices, that help  me reduce repetitive work and thus elevate my productivity levels to a reasonable self-satisfying level. Here are some of them:

This pretty much covers my main project day life with Visual Studio and TFS 2010!

Now, if you want to have some fun, check out the new wave of Visual Studio 2011 coming out. New EDI, TFS and the TFServices are better than ever. Also the VS ALM Rangers team has shipped a new set of projects ready for the new platforms that are really worth wile. Here are some links for your greedy thirst for coding fun 🙂 :

No GO And have fun 😀

DEV 11 Beta products and Ranger projects

17 03 2012

On 29th of February, for the 1st time in our history, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers sim-shipped a dozen projects to Codeplex in conjunction with Dev11 beta. These projects deliver technical readiness content to the Microsoft field and external MVPs who leverage this content in their customer engagements. If a project includes features or tools, the source code is included in the download to support customization. See more details on our Rangers blog.

Who are Rangers?

Visual Studio ALM Rangers mission is to provide out of band solutions for missing features or guidance. Rangers are from Microsoft Product Group, members of Microsoft Services, Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) and technical specialists from technology communities around the globe, giving you a real-world view from field practitioners. Rangers are distributed across the globe and have typically higher customer priorities. Usually, they work on Ranger projects in their private free time.

Our biggest gig ever!

70 volunteer Rangers worked together with product group members to create 20 Ranger solutions. This number broke all our past records and is the best example of what my manager calls “the Ranger muscle”.  Additionally, this entire effort was time constrained between //build/ and Dev11 beta.

Shipped projects

This is the list of projects which sim-shipped with Dev11 beta. The links take you directly to the Codeplex project site.

Coming soon

The following projects are almost ready and will ship in the next few weeks. Our strategy is to keep the excitement up by delivering a new project every week.

Content Production engine

Rangers create content just like any other engineering project. We use TFS and work item tracking for every Ranger project regardless of the content type. Our production process is RUCK which is loose Scrum. Our requirements engineering uses Epics, User Stories and Standard Personas to exactly specify what business value and production improvement must be delivered. These detailed user stories are then converted to HOLs (Hands On Lab) which in turn are leveraged as tests. To summarize, we construct guidance as an end2end engineering process.

Rangers and TFS Preview

Rangers were the 1st TAP customer who adopted TFS Preview across the board. We joined the TAP program but quickly moved to production after moving all current 20+ Ranger projects to TFS Preview. Just as a side note, we dog-fooded our own TFS Integration Platform to migrate our projects to the new environment.

Why beta sim-ship?

We heard from the field that readiness content and practical guidance always comes too late and mostly with low quality. With the Dev11 Readiness projects, we addressed both issues head-on. For our primary target group, ALM delivery experts, as technical field or as MVP, the primetime starts with beta. And of course for Rangers, that is the best way to deliver our mission statement which is all about accelerating adoption of Visual Studio.

TFS Services (Azure) online ad available

11 10 2011

It has been made available the Azure version of the Microsoft TFS (Team Foundation Services), also known as TFS Services preview. You can create a free account with a live account and use it in your projects. For the time beeing it is free. I don’t have an idea of the business model of this offer, so don’t crussify me if it changes from free to something else :).

Acess it at

BTW, I’m already using it with several projects and my feeling for it is that it is great! Source control is stable. Remaining available features are quite stable. Other features should be released over time.


Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is out

20 10 2009

Just FYI, the Beta 2 is out and available to all MSDN subscribers. Check it out here:

Cheers 😉

Integrating SPDisposeCheck with your visual studio

10 08 2009

I don’t know about you, but I like to have my tools handy 🙂
With this in mind I suggest the approach described here:

Simple and neet.