Techdays Belgium 2011 – VS Lab Management

March 29, 2011

Only one month to go for my second appearance at Techdays Belgium. Last year I did a presentation on Branching & Merging strategies with Team Foundation Server 2010, but this year I will speak about the automated Build-Deploy-Test cycle with Visual Studio Lab Management 2010.

Most companies don’t have dedicated test environments that are clean, easy to reset and similar to the production environment. This makes it very hard to test software applications. Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 allows you to define, configure and create complete test environments as needed. It can coordinate both physical and virtual environments, and comes with an incredibly powerful suite of effective tools that make managing environments simple and cost effective. In this session, you will be able to see the Lab Management workflow in action: we will define a test environment, identify a suite of (automated) tests for an application, set up a new automated build, deploy the application automatically in the test environment and run the (automated) tests. In the end we will take a look at the collected information through the different data collectors (Intellitrace, System Information, …). This session is geared towards developers, testers, architects, IT personnel and managers who want to see an in-depth, scenario-based demo of Visual Studio Lab Management 2010.


Visual Studio Lab Management lets you manage a collection of virtual machines, templates, and virtual environments for your Team Foundation team project. You can use these environments to develop, test, or run your application. A virtual environment is a collection of virtual machines (VMs). Each VM in a virtual environment represents a role required for the application that you intend to develop, test, or run. For example, you might be developing a multi-tiered application that requires three roles: a desktop client, a Web server, and a database server.

Watch my recorded screencast on Lab Management at Channel 9.

Hope to meet you in Antwerp on April 28!

Update (April 28, 2011): slides attached

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MVP Summit 2011 – VS ALM stuff

March 9, 2011

Last week I was in Seattle for the MVP Summit where I was one of the present 78 Visual Studio ALM MVPs to explore the future of the Application Lifecycle Management platform.

On Sunday I already enjoyed a full day of interesting MVP to MVP sessions and I do want to highlight one particular session from Sven Hubert, a German Visual Studio ALM MVP. He did a nice talk on extended dependency management with Team Foundation Server. Many of us will certainly have been in the situation where a custom solution was required to manage internal/external dependencies, but this type of automated solution really rocks. Be sure to check out his blog article where he described his solution to manage dependencies with Team Foundation Server. If you understand German, you might also want to have a peek at the AIT TFS blog.

The other days were filled with a bunch of interesting sessions about the (near) future of Microsoft’s ALM offering, given by the ALM/TFS product team. Good to see that the people at Microsoft are really listening to the customer/community feedback. They are also extremely passionate about the new features they want to introduce in the product. I had a blast to be part in this gathering at Microsoft and made a few extra important connections.

Meanwhile, a few important releases have been made:

A few Visual Studio ALM MVPs and Microsoft people have been working hard to publish new ALM books:

Really exciting times to be involved in the ALM space!