December 2010 Entries

Adventures in Lab Management Configuration: CMMI Edition Part 1 of 3

I remember at one point someone telling me how close Migrate was to Migraine. This was a process that included an environment from TFS 2008 to TFS 2010, needed to be migrated too as far as the process template goes. Here we are talking about CMMI v4.2 to CMMI v5.0. Now, the process to migrate the TFS Infrastructure is one thing, migrating the Process Template is a different deal, not hard … just involved. Followed a combination of steps that came from a blog post as the main guidance and then MSDN ......

My Windows Phone 7 experience: 45 days in

November 13th, 2010 was the day I got my Windows Phone 7. It was an exciting day, a lot of anxiety too. Over a phone? Sadly, yes! Being a Zune Pass subscriber, it was something worth looking forward too, being a consultant that relies and works with Microsoft technologies and having the option of OneNote (without converters and such) on my phone was a great thing too. Has that changed over 45 days? No, not really. But I find myself at the very same place I was with my iPhone, I don’t really use the ......

Awesome Read: Buck Woody’s post on the proper use of the Windows Azure VM Role

I have heard some service providers (or cloud providers), hosting companies and such complain, criticize or even venture to call foul on Microsoft’s Azure VM Role. The problem: None of them have gone through the effort of truly understanding (or perhaps not wanting to know) what is going on there. Many have jumped right into the “purist” definition of IaaS, or PaaS for that matter. Ok, Buck’s post is a true gem (my opinion) in the sense it gives you parallels of what the VM Role is and is not. And ......

Great finds: TFS Guides

If you are or know someone who wants to get more information in the “How do I work with TFS” from a user perspective this is a must visit and read.   http://tfsguides.codeplex.com/

TFS Backup Plan Wizard Tool

With the release of the “September – 2010” TFS 2010 Power Tools, came an addition to the Team Foundation Server Administration Console. This addition is the Team Foundation Backups Tree item. The tool is used to create backup plans and to work with it you run through a wizard, just like you would in configuring TFS or any of the extensions it has. The areas covered through the tool include: Backup to a Network Backup Path, retention configuration. Under Advanced Options, the extension to be used ......

SharePoint 2010 and Windows Server Backup

A couple of months ago, a friend found a bit of information on TechNet that has proven to be quite useful. See, I am of the opinion SharePoint allows for smaller deployments to be made, and with that said, I am talking about SharePoint Foundation 2010 being used for the most part. But truly the point here is not to discuss whether or not a deployment of SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010 is right or not. The fact is they do take place and happen. And information will reside there. ......

TFS 2008 to TFS 2010 moves and some issues

There have been many things going on this year around TFS. Most of them had to do with migrations (I don’t call them upgrades for the most part since it involved new hardware and such). Many were implementations using the Conchango SfTS template (now EMC). But there were others that were CMMI or Agile 4.0. Everything would move just fine, no issues. That was until you attempted to run Test Case Management or run the last configuration steps for Lab Management. There is an error that states a project ......

Conferences: Starting the round for 2011 with Mix

There are several conferences lining up for 2011. There are some private conferences I will be participating in and some other where there is an invitation to submit content for consideration. That is the case with Mix 2011. The date: April 12-14, 2011 The venue: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Here is the general information: http://live.visitmix.com/ To submit content: http://live.visitmix.com/op... ......

TFS and Project Integration

Recently there have been more and more requests on how to have TFS 2010 and Project 2010 together. Most of the requests have been around working with Agile and Scrum projects and templates. There are some guidance documents that have become available and also labs and Virtual Machine configurations to work with the different scenarios. TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Enterprise Project Management - Project and Portfolio Management with Project 2010 Announcing Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 ......

Unofficial Prep guide for TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring (70-664)

Managing Users and Client Access (20 percent) Objective Materials Configure user accounts http://technet.microsoft.co... Deploy and maintain clients http://technet.microsoft.co... Configure conferencing policies http://technet.microsoft.co... Configure IM policies http://technet.microsoft.co... Deploy and maintain Lync Server 2010 devices http://technet.microsoft.co... ......

Great finds: More TechNet Survival Guides

It has been some time now since Windows Server 2008 R2 arrived, but the features and capabilities in many cases are just now starting to surface with company’s implementing or looking at using. Here is a link to the Survival Guide on TechNet: http://social.technet.micro... The other item that is coming stronger and stronger is PowerShell. I mentioned before the need to learn and get into using it as it is a great tool. http://social.technet.micro... ......

Great finds: Hyper-V Survival Guide

Virtualization and “the Cloud” have gained visibility over the last 5 years (at least). Diving into Hyper-V requires dedication and a very good understanding of what goes on with the different layers that need to interact. In browsing through the TechNet Wiki, I ran into the Hyper-V Survival Guide. Here is the link to the resource: http://social.technet.micro... ......

WordPress for Windows Phone 7

Slowly but surely apps have been coming out for Windows Phone 7, I must admit that was my biggest concern on moving from the iPhone to the Windows Phone. Not the fact apps would come slowly, but when they would come. The iPhone side of things had very nice apps, and moving into a not so populated app landscape was an interesting thought. Anyway, yes there are apps I miss … but now it is one less! WordPress released the “for Windows Phone 7” app. Great experience and layout for the tool. If you are ......

ALM Catalyst Workshop: How to use TFS to Manage the SharePoint Life Cycle

The session is going to cover and discuss the role TFS can play in the management of SharePoint implementations, custom development and delivery of solutions.

Check it out here and register … http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/almcatalyst/Pages/Workshops.aspx?courseid=16

PowerShell for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Actually, for snacks too, and it is nearly everywhere I turn. If I do Microsoft Exchange work, I know I will run into it. Active Directory, SQL Server, TFS, SharePoint, Azure and most recently Lync. All have provided a way to work with PowerShell and it has taken off (as it should). The question many will have is, How do I get started? A couple of ways are available. There are books, sites and blogs that will help you along the way. This will be the start of a series of posts that, my intention at ......

The betas are coming … the betas are coming

Yep! Another round of stuff to test out, I am referring to the Visual Studio 2010 SP1 related Betas. They are out, and available. The always present warning that normally comes with installing Beta stuff is true here too. Scott Hanselman does a fantastic job on describing what is new, gains, fixes and such. The download links: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta:http://www.microsoft.c... .NET 4.0 SP1 Beta : http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Updated Virtual Machine for VS/TFS 2010

If you had downloaded the previous version of the virtual machines, then you are likely aware they are set to expire soon (12/15/2010). Brian Keller announced yesterday (blog post here) the availability of a vm refresh (new expiration set for 6/1/2011). What is part of the refresh? Here is the excerpt from Brian’s post: “ The version of this virtual machine which was refreshed on December 9, 2010, includes the following additions: · Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 · Team Foundation Server 2010 ......

Installing SQL Server Denali CTP

In keeping up with the releases this fall, I have gone through the exercise of installing Denali CTP on my Windows 7 dev machine. Started by running the installation center Selected a New SQL Server Installation Went through the installation of support rules and files. Selected the edition. Accepted the License Agreement. Installed Support Files. Reviewed Support Rules. Selected SQL Server Feature Installation Selected the needed features. Reviewed results from Validation Rules Accepted defaults ......

Windows Azure Platform Tools and Training Kit

As we have transitioned into a new release of the Azure Platform with added features, like the VM Role among other great things, it is time to get some additional functionality into Visual Studio as well. Below you will find links to the tools refresh and also the new training kit for November. Tools http://www.microsoft.com/do... Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......