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26 07, 2017

VSTS Authentication: AAD or MSA?

By | 2017-07-26T10:23:59+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team System|0 Comments

Visual Studio Team Service (VSTS) allows you to authenticate via two primary methods: Microsoft Account (MSA) – formerly Live ID Azure Active Directory (AAD) There are other authentication mechanisms such as SSH and Personal Access Tokens (PATs) but you need to first authenticate via AAD or MSA before you can use these other alternative mechanisms. [...]

2 03, 2017

Developing Cloud Apps with Azure

By | 2017-03-02T08:45:58+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Application Architecting, Azure|0 Comments

In today’s cloud-crazy world we see organizations “moving to the cloud” all the time. What does that really mean? And how can you do it effectively? Most organizations start with a “lift and shift” – taking on-premises VMs and moving them to the cloud. For example, moving an IIS server to a VM in the [...]

4 10, 2016

The Day of the Tester is Over – Long Live the Tester!

By | 2016-10-04T14:52:57+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Software Testing|1 Comment

DevOps is radically changing the culture, tools and processes of most teams. Those that don’t embrace this change are in danger of extinction. However, in order to deploy more frequently with better quality, teams must embrace continuous testing. But aren’t testers part of Waterfall and two-year release cycles? Doesn’t the new world of frequent, rapid [...]

6 09, 2016

NEW: DevOps for Java using VSTS Virtual Machine and Hands on Labs

By | 2016-09-06T10:59:15+00:00 September 6th, 2016|DevOps, Visual Studio|2 Comments

I remember when Brian Keller (who was a DPE at the time) first released a VM that had TFS and Visual Studio installed and configured, along with a set of hands on labs for experimenting and learning about the Microsoft ALM Stack. Over the years, the VM (and its siblings) affectionately became known as “Keller [...]

6 04, 2016

DevOps and The Art of the Possible

By | 2016-04-06T08:42:23+00:00 April 6th, 2016|DevOps|0 Comments

Last night (my time) I watched the keynote of the BUILD 2016 conference in San Francisco. I was mind blown – holograms, bots, cognitive digital assistants that understand language – and let’s not forget Ubuntu on Windows! We’ve been saying (for quite a long time now) that it’s a new Microsoft – and BUILD certainly [...]

11 02, 2016

DevOps is a Culture, Not a Team

By | 2016-02-11T12:00:00+00:00 February 11th, 2016|DevOps, Software Testing|2 Comments

I recently worked at a customer that had created a DevOps team in addition to their Ops and Development teams. While I appreciated the attempt to improve their processes, inwardly I was horrified. Just as DevOps is not a product, I think it is bad practice to create a DevOps team. DevOps is a culture [...]

13 10, 2015

Early Christmas for TFS! Top 10 TFS 2015 Update 1 CTP Features

By | 2015-10-13T05:07:09+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Kanban, Source Control Management, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

When I first saw the list of features in TFS 2015 Update 1 CTP, I was stunned. I felt like it was an early Christmas! There is so much goodness in this release that it feels like it’s actually TFS 2016! As usual, the upgrade process is straightforward, and since there are no major schema [...]

1 10, 2015

The Evolution of Modern Dev/Test Labs in the DevOps World

By | 2015-10-01T05:54:06+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Azure, DevOps, Release Management|0 Comments

If you’re developing software of any kind, you inevitably need to test it somewhere before you deploy to production. “I’ll just spin up a VM,” you say. This might work initially in small shops – but even if you don’t have onerous red tape, you’re eventually going to run out of resources (like host machines, [...]

10 09, 2015

Why TFS 2015? TFS 2013 seems to be just fine…

By | 2015-09-10T12:08:26+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Team Foundation Server, Tools|0 Comments

Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015 is one of the most exciting releases of TFS ever. It’s packed with tons of goodness – too many to demonstrate in just 1 hour. In this video, I’ll take you through a lightning quick demonstration of just some of my favorite new features: A completely new cross-platform build engine [...]

23 06, 2015

Why You Should Switch to Build VNext

By | 2015-06-23T08:44:58+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Team Foundation Build, Visual Studio Online|0 Comments

Now that VNext builds are in Preview, you should be moving your build definitions over from the “old” XAML definitions to the new VNext definitions. Besides the fact that I suspect at some point that XAML builds will be deprecated, the VNext builds are just much better, in almost every respect. Why Switch? There are [...]