Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) & Team Foundation Server (TFS) Tutorials

VSTS is an environment for creating and managing software projects. It integrates with Visual Studio to give a seamless environment to the team members of the development team. Team Foundation Server (TFS) automates and streamlines the software delivery process for all team members.

So far, we have published 81 VSTS & TFS tutorials and articles, which have been read by over 4009274 (Four Million Nine Thousand Two Hundred Seventy Four) developers and architects.

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Abstract: Create a custom build task in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) which can be used for build or release definitions. Also learn how to package and publish the custom build task.
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Abstract: NuGet can be used to create, distribute and consume packages. Learn how to do NuGet Package Management in Visual Studio Team System.
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Abstract: How VSTS can be effectively used for CI/CD and Continuous Testing (CT) of a Java Web App using a non-Microsoft tool like Selenium.
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Abstract: Walkthrough of using Microsoft VSTS services for doing Continuous Integration – Continuous Deployment (CICD) of a Java Web Application.
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Abstract: Learn to execute an automated test with the help of Test Hub in Visual Studio Team System (VSTS)
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Abstract: Learn about Exploratory Testing XT (also known as XT) with Test Hub in Visual Studio Team System.
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Abstract: Creation virtual machines and provision them using the Release Management Service of TFS and VSTS
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Abstract: Using VSTS Release Management to create a VM in Azure using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Template.
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Abstract: Create service hook for any VSTS project by using a wizard as well as programmatically and use this web hook with an azure function.
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Abstract: Overview of a feature in VSTS Git called Pull Request which enables code review. We also look at a scenario where a solution in local repository needs to be added to a remote repository.
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Abstract: Create a Build Task that automates package, publish, share and installation of a VSTS extension.
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Abstract: Create a simple VSTS extension as well as publish it. Also learn how to create and use an Azure function with VSTS extension.
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Abstract: What is Visual Studio Team System (VSTS)? This article gives an overview of the services available in VSTS, and how they can be used.
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Abstract: New features and enhancements available with Test hub using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).
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Abstract: SonarLint is a tool for managing code quality. We will integrate SonarLint with Visual Studio 2015 and with TFS build by creating a build definition
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Abstract: Use VSTS to create a DACPAC and deploy it on a VM in Azure Resource Group to make it immediately available to the application
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Abstract: Overview of a basic scenario for continuous integration, continuous deployment of web apps in Azure VM, which is part of the DevOps
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Abstract: Microsoft now allows limited customization of Process in Visual Studio Team Services. This article explores the different options available.
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Abstract: Visual Studio Team Services and TFS 2015 has given us a new way to customize the Welcome page and the dashboard. Let us explore how to do it in this article.
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Abstract: Code Search is a cool feature available only with Visual Studio Team Services a.k.a Visual Studio Online. It allows you to search code across TFVS and Git projects in Visual Studio Team Services.
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Abstract: Customize Build activities in TFS 2015. We will use PowerShell to add custom tasks.
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Abstract: The new builds of TFS 2015 and Visual Studio Online are web and script based, and are highly customizable. This article explores new Build Features in TFS 2015 and Visual Studio Online
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Abstract: Visual Studio Online and TFS 2015 provide RESTful APIs that allow you to extend the functionality of VSO from your apps and services. This article talks about accessing VSO using a client that uses RESTful services of TFS and the security challenges we face while accessing these services.
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Abstract: TFS and Visual Studio Online (VSO) have embraced Git as one of the default options for version control while creating a new team project. In this article, I will attempt to explain the concepts of Git as implemented by TFS / VSO.
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Abstract: In this article we will discuss how arguments and variables can be used during TFS 2013 Build Process and the difference between them.
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Abstract: Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 provides features for implementing both Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD). In this article, we will use the component of Release Management and explore the same.
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Abstract: Team Foundation Server provides API's which makes it extensible in a number of ways. This article discusses some of these methods taking some case studies as a base.
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Abstract: Visual Studio Online (VSO) has new features like Project Repository, Tools for Project Planning, Testing with VSO, Distribution of work, CI Build, Collaboration between team members using Team Room and Load Testing. In this article we will explore these features.
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Abstract: Explore new features in Team Build 2013. Also discus how Git repository can be incorporated in Team Build and how to customize the build without changing the process template.
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Abstract: This article discusses how strongly Team Foundation Server 2012 supports the implementation of SCRUM and CMMI processes
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Abstract: In our previous article, Using TFS 2012 and SCRUM for Iteration Capacity Planning for Software Development, we had seen how to plan the sprint and balance the work to be done during the sprint. In this article, we will take a look at how to run the sprint till the finish line. We will use TFS 2012 and its task board capability to do that.
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Abstract: In this article, I will explain how the sprint planning is done by the SCRUM Team using Team Foundation Server 2012 a.k.a TFS 2012. I will also show you how to consider capacity of the team while planning the sprint backlog.
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Abstract: In this article we will explore how to debug and run a custom check-in policy using TFS SDK 11 and then deploy it on a developer’s machine.
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Abstract: In this article, I will take you through the process of creating and deploying a custom check-in policy using TFS SDK 11 for Java.
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Abstract: In this article, we will explore how the local workspaces concept works in Team Explorer Everywhere in TFS 11
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Abstract: In this article, we will take a first look at Team Explorer Everywhere Beta 11 plugin for Eclipse from the point of view of how to install it and how to use it.
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Abstract: Team Foundation Server (TFS 2010) administrators have experienced that managing source control from the command line (tf.exe) is faster and more convenient. In this article, we are going to explore the capability to build customized utilities using a set of commands provided by TFS in tf.exe
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Abstract: In this article, we will explore how to use TFS 2010 for Build Management of Java Projects. We will use Eclipse based plug-in named Team Explorer Everywhere for creating a build definition that encapsulates an ant script and provides manageability to it.
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Abstract: In this article, I am going to walk you through the entire process of how to use the Team Explorer Everywhere plug-in in Team Foundation Server 2010 (TFS) for version control of a Java project .
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Abstract: While exploring various Build related features in TFS vNext 11, I observed some preliminary differences in Build related features in TFS 11 compared to TFS 2010. In this article on TFS 11, we will take a quick overview of these differences. In the subsequent articles, we will explore these differences in depth.
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Abstract: With Team Foundation Server (TFS), Microsoft introduced a much better mechanism for source control. In fact, TFS can do much more than just source control. In this article, I have listed 8 reasons to upgrade your SCM from Visual Source Safe (VSS) to using TFS 2010.
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Abstract: We began a series of articles on Customize work item type definition in TFS 2010. In the first part of this series we had seen how to use a tool WitAdmin to export the work item type definition of Bug work item and then import it back in TFS after making a small modification in it, as Defect work item type definition. In this article, we will do a non-trivial modification in the Defect work item, using Team Foundation Power Tool.
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Abstract: With this article, we will start a series of articles to review the customization of work item type definition in the context of changes that we observe in work item tracking in TFS 2010. In this article, we will cover the tools and process to export work item type definition from an existing team project and then import it back with some modifications. We will use command line tools and XML editing in the notepad. We will also see how to export and import Global Lists from TFS.
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Abstract: In this article, we will take an overview of the Lab Management feature of Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Microsoft Test Manager 2010, in a nice Q & A format.
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Abstract: Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) is a new tool used for creating, managing and running tests associated with a TFS project. While creating the Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) Environment setup for the first time, I faced a few challenges while syncing with TFS and Visual Studio 2010. I thought of sharing my experiences which may help Test Engineers/ admin to create an MTM setup on their own.
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Abstract: In this article, we will see how a report can be created with the help of Business Intelligence Development Studio (using Microsoft SQL Server 2008) by taking data source as Analysis Services Cube.
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Abstract: In this article we will see how a report can be created with the help of Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS), using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and how it can be added as a web part to a Project Portal of TFS 2010.
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Abstract: In this article we will focus on how a new report can be created with Excel and also how an existing report can be modified using Excel and Visual Studio 2010.
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Abstract: In this article we will discuss how to create a custom activity using code and make it available in the toolbox with the help of activity library.
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Abstract: "Team Explorer Everywhere" (TEE) is an Eclipse plug-in that is being provided by Microsoft with the Visual Studio 2010. In my previous article, I started out with the exploration of TEE and covered the grounds of Installation, configuration, accessing Team Project by connecting to a TFS and using source control of TFS for Java Project. In this article, I will wander deeper in the woods of using Team Build for Java projects created using Eclipse
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