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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Deprecating XAML Builds in VSTS

Team Build, Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Service, Visual Studio Team Services
Last year, I wrote a post titled Hosted XAML Builds Ending Soon. Roughly nine months has passed since that post and, as of today, Microsoft has provided a bit more detail around their plans to deprecate the XAML build functionality within VSTS. Here’s an excerpt from the post:Deprecating XAML build support in future versionsTFS – In our next major TFS release, we will take the next big step in deprecating XAML Build support.  We will remove all support for XAML builds.  We will not ship updated installers and we will remove support for connecting XAML agents/controllers.  We will also be removing all support for creating/editing XAML build definitions from future versions of Visual Studio.  A customer that really needs to continue to use XAML builds will need to stay on…
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Visual Studio 2017 – A lot of new goodness!

Visual Studio 2017
On March 7th, 2017, Microsoft officially launched Visual Studio 2017. There were a lot of new features announced in Visual Studio 2017 and several partner-related announcements as well. While this blog post does not cover everything announced (that would be a rather large post!) it does provide you with a taste of what is available. If you’re curious about everything else that was talked about, you can watch the keynote and other sessions online at the Visual Studio 2017 Launch site. One of the first things you might notice is that there is a brand new Visual Studio icon (as shown above). This makes it much easier to distinguish when you have multiple versions of Visual Studio pinned to your task bar. Plus, it’s always refreshing to see an updated…
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