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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 www.almmag.com ......

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 Outlook.com as the SMTP client for your TFS. Figure 1 – Email Alert Settings for Outlook.com 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 outlook.com 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

Presenting VS2012 at VBUG Bristol on 16 Jan 2013
Let’s start with a few interesting facts about Bristol, Bristol is located just 120 miles west of London. It is the largest city in the south west of England. Bristol is a 45 mile trip across the Bristol Channel to Cardiff in Wales. Bristol is a port city known as the “Birthplace of America”. John Cabot sailed from Bristol to help “discover” North America in 1497. Image 1 – Bristol @ night! And… I’ll be presenting a session on a Lap Around Visual Studio 2012 at the VBUG user group in Bristol on 16th ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2013 10:27 PM

The year 2012 in highlights!
2012 has been an overwhelming year, I had my share of up’s and down’s. The year started on a high note with Microsoft presenting me the MVP award for Visual Studio ALM. I changed my availability status (no this doesn’t have anything to do with the MVP award) from being single to being married on 11th February – My big fat Indian Wedding. During my visit to India I met Chuck, with support from Anuthara and her team in IDC I launched an initiative to deliver a series of videos with the product team ......

Posted On Monday, December 31, 2012 9:55 AM

New features in TFS Demo Setup 1.0.0.2
Release Notes – http://tfsdemosetup.codeple... | Download | Source Code | Report a Bug | Ideas Just pushed out the 2nd release of the TFS Demo setup on CodePlex, below a quick look at some of the new features/improvements in the tool… Details of the existing features can be found here. Feature 1 – Set up Work Items Queries as Team Favorites The task board looks cooler when the team favourite work item queries show up on the task board. The demo setup console application now has the ability to ......

Posted On Sunday, October 21, 2012 1:01 PM

VS2012 Launch Event – Combating Bugs And Poor Performance In Production
I presented a session “A techies guide to combating bugs & poor performance in production” at the Microsoft IT Visual Studio Launch event. The key message was to demonstrate what common production issues (non-reproducible bugs and poor performance) techie’s run into and how the tooling in Visual Studio can help you efficiently tackle these issues. Remember, a Techie without efficient tools is only half the good! A techies guide to combating bugs & poor performance in production from Avanade ......

Posted On Sunday, October 7, 2012 9:10 AM

VS 2012 Code Review – Before Check In OR After Check In?
“Is Code Review Important and Effective?” There is a consensus across the industry that code review is an effective and practical way to collar code inconsistency and possible defects early in the software development life cycle. Among others some of the advantages of code reviews are, Bugs are found faster Forces developers to write readable code (code that can be read without explanation or introduction!) Optimization methods/tricks/productive programs spread faster Programmers as specialists "evolve" ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:21 PM

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 now Live!
Today was the formal launch event for Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5, a state-of-the-art development solution for building modern applications that span connected devices and continuous services, from the client to the cloud. The event was streamed live from http://visualstudiolaunch.com, S.Somasegar corporate vice president of the Developer Division opened the key note, Jason Zander dived deeper into how to leverage Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 to build modern application. Brian Harry all the ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:59 PM

Are you reporting Visual Studio 2012 issues to Microsoft correctly?
Issues you may run into while using Visual Studio need to be reported to the Microsoft Product Team via the Microsoft connect site. The Microsoft team then tries to reproduce the issue using the details provided by you. If the information you provide isn’t sufficient to reproduce the issue the team tries to contact you for specifics, this not only increases the cycle time to resolution but the lack of communication also results in issues not being resolved. So, when I report an issue one part of ......

Posted On Saturday, September 8, 2012 12:01 PM

Selling Visual Studio ALM
Introduction As a consultant I have been selling Application Lifecycle Management services using Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. I’ve been contacted various times by friends working in organization telling me that ALM processes in their company were benchmarked when dinosaurs walked the earth. Most of these individuals already know the great features Microsoft ALM tools offer and are keen to start a conversation with the CIO but don’t exactly know where to start. It is very important how ......

Posted On Friday, August 31, 2012 6:38 PM

IntelliTrace collector error Some or all identity references could not be translated
If you are running the IntelliTrace stand alone collector to collect the trace against an Application Pool which is running under the identity “.\<username>” then you are likely to run into the following exception, Start-IntelliTraceCollection : Some or all identity references could not be translated. At line:1 char:29 + Start-IntelliTraceCollection <<<< "FabrikamFiber.Web" C:\IntelliTraceCTP\collecti... C:\Intell iTraceLogs + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:15 PM

Get your TFS 2012 task board demo ready in under 1 minute
Release Notes – http://tfsdemosetup.codeple... | Download | Source Code | Report a Bug | Ideas In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use the ‘TfsDemoSetup’ application to configure and setup the TFS 2012 task board for a demo in well less than 1 minute Step 1 – Note what you get with a newly created Team Project Create a new Team Project on TFS Preview 2. Click Create Project 3. The project creation has completed 4. Open the team web access and have a look at the home page Note – Since I created ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2012 12:32 PM

Set up a TFS Server/Service demo environment in less than 1 minute now!
Release Notes – http://tfsdemosetup.codeple... | Download | Source Code | Report a Bug | Ideas To Demonstrate the capabilities of TFS 2012 Server/Service Task board you would need to set up TFS with some teams, a few team members, some sample stories, tasks, etc. That’s too many steps if you as me! Hi! My name is Tarun Arora, I am a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio ALM & a Visual Studio ALM Ranger, as a consultant I have had to demo TFS Preview to potential customers several times a day. I usually ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2012 1:58 AM

Pizza and IntelliTrace at NextGenUG on 16 and 23 October 2012
Free Pizza and a session on diagnosing Production bugs using IntelliTrace. I’ll be presenting a session at the Next Gen User Group and you are more than welcome to join in, 16th October at Oxford – http://www.nxtgenug.net/Vie... 23rd October at Birmingham – http://www.nxtgenug.net/Vie... I’ll be showing off the how IntelliTrace stand alone collector and Visual Studio stand alone profiler can help. See you there ......

Posted On Monday, October 8, 2012 4:52 PM

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