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Tarun Arora - Visual Studio ALM MVP ALM, Agile, Automation, Performance Testing, Software QA, Cloud, ... ALM Application Lifecycle Management
Presenting at TechEd 2013-TechDays 2013 India ALM Track
I’ll be presenting at TechEd and TechDays in India, there is a lot to look forward to as the events will be hosted across India. Bangalore will be hosting TechEd on 18-19th March, Delhi will be hosting TechDays on 22nd March and Pune will host its maiden TechEd on 25-26 March. The session line up across all location and technology tracks is very impressive. There are a lot of famous personalities presenting the key notes. What is TechEd and why should you bother? TechEd is Microsoft’s premier technology ......

Posted On Monday, March 11, 2013 7:34 PM

TFS Kanban Board Swim lane Customization To Better Manage The Product Backlog
Brian Harry announced the customize columns feature on the TFS Kanban board that enables you to define new swim lanes based on the work item state right from Team Web Access. This feature has officially been released on the TFS Service today. A shout out to Gregg Boer and his team for delivering this great feature! I was lucky to get early access to this feature… In this blog post I’ll show you, Walkthrough of customizing columns on the Kanban board How customize column feature has transformed the ......

Posted On Saturday, March 2, 2013 11:07 AM

Continuous Integration-Automated Deployments And Release Management
A customer I am working with is interested in an ‘automated deployment and release management’ solution for their 160 applications scaling across 350 servers. There is a mix of Microsoft and Non Microsoft applications, some server based some desktop based, some are currently deployed using bat files, PowerShell, others require Unix/Perl scripts for deployment. I have used TFS Deployer very successfully in the past and put that forward as a recommendation, however, this customer is keen on an enterprise ......

Posted On Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:14 AM

ALM Mag – Harnessing the cloud for Performance Testing
Recently my blog post ‘Leveraging the cloud for Performance Testing’ got featured in the ALM Mag Vol. 1 Issue 1 – January 2013. Figure 1 – Visual Studio Load Testing using Windows Azure – featured in ALM Mag Vol. 1 Issue 1 – Jan 2013 Download the full article from here. What is ALM Mag? In case you haven’t come across ALM Magazine, it is an eMagazine for ALM, DevOps, Lifecycle Processes, TFS, Testing, Configuration Management and Deployment. Figure 2 – What is ALM Mag, find out more at ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:16 PM

Upgrading to Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP3
Last week I upgraded my TFS 2012 test environment to CTP3 to try out the new features rolled out in preview as part of the Visual Studio 2012 Upgrade 2 CTP. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps required to upgrade, you may find the quick notes in each section useful if you don’t have the time to read through the complete blog post. TFS Application Tier TFS Build Controller/Agent TFS Test Controller/Agent Developer Workstation SharePoint extensions What is Visual Studio 2012 Upgrade ......

Posted On Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:54 PM

TFS - Get List Of Software Installed On Build Agent
Introduction It is common for your code projects to reference Microsoft or Non Microsoft SDKs, this requires that the build agents has the SDK’s installed. It is also natural that some of your projects may have a hard dependency on the version of the SDK. For example, some of your projects may only compile with Azure 1.6 SDK. The absence of the required SDK may cause your builds to fail. I tend to use the TFS Service cloud Build Service a lot, a list of software installed on the provisioned build ......

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2013 11:10 PM

TFS2012 QU2 - New Feature - Work Item Tagging
Microsoft has just switched the flag ON and released a whole bunch of new features in CTP1 as part of the TFS 2012 QU2 release. In this blog post I’ll be talking about some practical uses of ‘Work Item Tagging’. Work Item Tagging – “New work item tags provide categorization and filtering of work items. Easily add tags to items and then filter by them in both backlog and work item query views in Team Web Access.” Have a look at the team sprint backlog below, Many teams define a naming convention to ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:11 AM

Solving the ALM puzzle using Microsoft Suite of tools
I presented a talk at the #vBug user group run by David Ringsell at Bristol. David in his day job runs his own venture known by the name of “Talk-IT” which provides training for developers. You can check out the catalogue of online courses offered by David here http://www.mylearningworx.c... In his free time David engages with MVP’s and community speakers to bring the best of new technologies to the Bristol and Bath Techies. You can check more details about the upcoming talk sessions ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:26 PM

Configure Outlook as the TFS SMTP client
In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use as the SMTP client for your TFS. Figure 1 – Email Alert Settings for as a SMTP client for TFS When I was asking around for these settings in forums people questioned me why I would want to set up as the SMTP client for my corporate TFS server. Well the simple answer is, not every TFS installation has to be a corporate set up, I am sure people install stand alone TFS severs for R & D and Test purposes, would not want ......

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2013 6:17 PM

VS12 Team Member Photos not showing in Chrome
Issue The Team Members photo doesn’t show up in the Members section in the Team Home Page in Team Web Access when browsing using Chrome. However, the team members photo does show up as expected when browsing using Internet Explorer. See screen shot below, on the left chrome does not show the team members photo Internet Explorer does. Figure – Left:Chrome, Right:Internet Explorer – Member Images not showing in Chrome For your ref the versions I am working with are, - IE explorer version: Version: ......

Posted On Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:16 AM

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