Visual Studio 11 ALM Preview

September 17, 2011

The BUILD conference held last week in California was not only the start for getting the details about Windows 8, but was also the time where Team Foundation Server on Windows Azure was announced with a public preview.


Read all about the preview on this blogpost from Brian Harry. I have been part of a private preview in the past months and I’m really thrilled with the hosted TFS Service coming our way. This will surely decrease the infrastructure and maintenance obstacle for many small and medium enterprises. Note that the service is far from ready and many features (reporting for instance) are still missing. The interesting part with a hosted and reliable TFS service is the ability to (automatically) push new features more frequently to the public. Quite a big difference with hosting a private Team Foundation Server on-premise.

You may also configure a local build server against a hosted TFS account which was made possible with Windows Azure Access Control Services (ACS).

If you were not able yet to pick up an invitation code for registering your TFS 11 account, you may use my invitation code [5 users left – first come, first served]: a0d8ad92-c44b-4ce7-82ed-b63b8fd91979. Visit and use this code.

Next to this, you may also download a preview/CTP of Team Foundation Server 11 which is designed to showcase updates and improvements made since TFS 2010 and provides an opportunity for developers to use and provide feedback before the final release. See this blog post at ALM Rocks for detailed installation steps. A preview of Visual Studio 11 can be downloaded here.

Instead of doing a full install of TFS 11 (including Windows Server 2008 R2, IIS, SQL Server, SharePoint, Visual Studio 11 …), I decided to wait for the Visual Studio 11 ALM Virtual Machine which is a fully prepared and configured Hyper-V virtual machine. Thanks to Brian Keller for making this available once again!

TFS 2010 was already a BIG release with a strong focus on Testing and Architecture, but the upcoming release won’t disappoint neither. Exciting times!

[For the people in Belgium: note that an interesting user group event (AZUG) is coming up with Clemens Reijnen, a colleague VS ALM MVP, who will give a session on ALM for Windows Azure.]