Roadmap to Enterprise Quality

Conferences, Quality
For the past few years I have attended the Farm Credit IT Symposium. This years’ symposium was held last week in Austin, TX where I had a chance to present on a couple of topics. One of my talks was titled Roadmap to Enterprise Quality. The description for the presentation is as follows:In this presentation you will learn how Farm Credit Services of America/Frontier Farm Credit transformed their quality practices and tooling to bring visibility and consistency to Enterprise Quality, including: testing as a team approach, creating an automated test architecture, measuring progress with dashboards and standardizing on a set of testing tools.If you’re reading this blog post there is a decent chance you are somehow involved in software development. One of the key concerns with software development is that…
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Connect(); 2017 – Day 1 Recap

Conferences, TFS, Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Team Services
Day 1Day 1 of Connect(); 2017 is in the books! If you didn’t get a chance to watch the live streaming event earlier today you can catch up on the various presentations and announcements here.There was a lot of exciting announcements made at Connect(); today. While I have no doubt missed several of them I have made an attempt to include most of the highlights below. If your favorite announcement isn’t in the list, please include it in the comments section below so we can all learn about it!Come back to the same location tomorrow at 11:00 AM EST to catch all the action of Day 2!AnnouncementsTFS/VSTS/DevOps Related Items (from Brian Harry’s blog)Team Foundation Server 2018 (final release). This release includes a lot of functionality, including:Mobile Work Item Experience -…
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Microsoft Connect(); Year Four!

Conferences
In case you missed the announcement a few days ago, Microsoft has announced it will be holding it’s fourth Connect(); conference on November 15th – 17th, next month.If you build applications using Microsoft tools and/or any of the open source projects that Microsoft is involved with then you will definitely want to check out this free, on-line event!From the event’s web site:Whether you are creating cloud native-applications, targeting the edge of devices and IoT, infusing your apps with AI, or just getting started, Connect(); 2017 will inspire and equip you with the tools and skills you need to build the apps of the future.Through Connect(); you’ll:Learn from top developer minds and industry experts like Microsoft Executive Vice President, Scott GuthrieDiscover what’s next for developers across Microsoft and open source technologiesExpand…
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Docker on Windows Server 2016 – Azure Container Registry

Docker, Prose
This is the 4th post in the Docker on Windows Server 2016 series. Refer back to the initial post for links to all posts in the series.We Gotta Store the Images Somewhere!In the second post of this series I mentioned that I was still working to get my Azure credentials cleaned up so I could create an Azure Container Registry (ACR) to act as an image repository until I can make use of a local image repository (on Windows Server 2016). We almost have our enterprise agreement straightened out, which will let me get my Azure benefits in order, but I didn’t want to wait any longer To appease my impatience, I decided to create a new (temporary) Azure account for testing purposes since Azure offers a 30-day trial for…
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Installing the Cloud Load Test Agent On-Premises

Performance Testing, Visual Studio Team Services
In the first post of this series on Cloud Load Testing with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) I showed you how to quickly get a cloud load test up and running. In the post we created a test than ran within the cloud and not on-premises. If you have a desire or need to run your cloud load tests using an on-premises test agent, the agents are very easy to setup and configure.If you don’t want to read each of the required steps for installing the agent, there are only a few, I have created a video that will walk you through the process. For those that would rather just see the steps, here they are:Download PowerShell script from here: http://bit.ly/InstallVSTSTestAgentCreate a Personal Access Token (PAT) in VSTSInstall the Agent…
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Docker on Windows Server 2016 – Who Supports It?

Docker, Prose
This is the 3rd post in the Docker on Windows Server 2016 series. Refer back to the initial post for links to all posts in the series.Microsoft or Docker… Which Is It?So, not a lot has changed since my last post in this series. I’m still having issues getting my MSDN benefits straightened out because of how I’m currently configured for the Enterprise Agreement (EA) we have with Microsoft. Turns out that there might be some configuration issues with our EA so, once that’s straightened out, I should be really close to being able to make use of my company-sponsored Azure benefits.In the meantime, I received a question from one of our operations team members along the lines of:If we move forward with Docker on Windows Server [2016], will Microsoft…
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Docker on Windows Server 2016 – More Info, Please!

Docker, Prose
This is the 2nd post in the Docker on Windows Server 2016 series. Refer back to the initial post for links to all posts in the series.More Information, Please!Toward the end of last week word was starting to spread that we were getting knee-deep into a Docker evaluation. That is, we are at least trying to get knee-deep into the evaluation As one of the e-mail threads started to grow our CTO asked if I could answer some questions regarding Docker, how we intend to use it and some of the benefits we think we’ll get from making use of Docker in our environment. Naturally, I was more than happy to oblige!I quickly threw together a few slides to help guide the conversation. While I’ve posted the slides here the…
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Docker on Windows Server 2016 – The Journey Begins!

Docker, Prose
Posts in this series:Docker on Windows Server 2016 – The Journey Begins (this post)Docker on Windows Server 2016 – More Info, Please!Docker on Windows Server 2016 – Who Supports It?Docker on Windows Server 2016 – Azure Container RegistryI am going to try something different…I have recently started an evaluation of Docker for Windows Server at work (with the help of my teammates across multiple teams) and we are learning a lot along the way.Typically, when I write a blog post, it is about something that I have learned, proven out, and/or put into action for some purpose or another. In this case, I am going to blog about our journey in getting Docker (for Windows Server) setup and configured within our organization so we can properly evaluate Docker within our…
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Creating Your First VSTS Load Test

Performance Testing, Visual Studio Team Services
A few weeks ago I gave a talk on Performance Testing with VSTS. Since I received so many questions during the talk, I thought I’d put together a series of blog posts on the subject. I hope to address some of the questions that were asked and will hopefully even answer a few that weren’t asked!At this time, I’m thinking the series of posts will include something along these lines:Creating Your First VSTS Load Test (this post) Setup Your VSTS Load Tests Even Faster!Installing the Cloud Load Test Agent On-Premises (video)Running VSTS Load Tests On-PremisesCreating VSTS Load Tests from an HTTP ArchiveCreating Load Tests with Visual StudioVSTS Load Test Pricing and Other InformationWhile this seems like a good place to start, I reserve the right to change the list of…
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Performance Testing with VSTS

ALM, Performance Testing, Visual Studio Team Services
Earlier today I gave a talk at this year’s Tulsa TechFest (love this conference!) on Performance Testing with VSTS On- and Off-Premises. In this session, covered the various types of load tests that can be executed with VSTS, including:URL-based TestsHTTP Archive TestsVisual Studio TestsJMeter TestsIn the demos that accompanied each of these test types, I showed where they could each be run in the cloud using VSTS and well as on-premises, also using VSTS (with the exception of JMeter which isn’t yet supported in all scenarios). I plan to cover each of these in a series of blog posts starting within the next week or so. I am hoping to get a few videos created along the way as well.For now, click on the image below to view the slides…
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