"The Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine is now available!
This new VM replaces the previously available Visual Studio 11 Beta ALM virtual machine to use the latest Visual Studio 2012 RC releases.
This is hands-down the most comprehensive ALM virtual machine yet. It includes 18 hands-on-labs / demo scripts. 6 of these were upgraded from the Visual Studio 11 ALM virtual machine, 11 of these were upgraded from the older Visual Studio 2010 ALM virtual machine, and one is brand new, highlighting the PreEmptive Analytics integration in Team Foundation Server 2012. Phew!"
June 6, 2012 Update: This post and the accompanying downloads have been updated based on the Visual Studio 2012 RC which was released last week.
I’m very pleased to announce the availability of the Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine along with 18 hands-on-labs / demo scripts. This includes 7 ALM scenarios which are new in Visual Studio 2012, and another 11 scenarios which were introduced in Visual Studio 2010, giving you a single virtual environment for learning about or demonstrating a wide range of ALM capabilities.
You can download and install the RC of Visual Studio 2012 (and Team Foundation Server 2012, .NET Framework 4.5, etc.) and even use it in production with our “go live” license. But if you would like a fast way to understand what is new for application lifecycle management in this release, this virtual machine is pre-configured with all of the necessary software and sample data for you.
Before I get into what’s included, there are a few quick limitations to disclose:
- This is a Hyper-V virtual machine and works with Windows Server 2008 x64 (Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is recommended). If you try to load this with Virtual PC it will blue screen since Virtual PC does not support 64-bit operating systems. This virtual machine has also been tested to work with the Windows 8 Release Preview and the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, but the instructions provided assume you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Some modification may be needed to use other platforms.
- Windows is configured to set the system clock to May 16, 2012 every time you start this virtual machine. This is to support the project management hands-on-lab. If you want to work with this virtual machine beyond the specific hands-on-labs scenarios, you may need to disable the Set Date and Time task (Task Scheduler -> Task Scheduler Library -> Set Date and Time -> Right-Click -> Disable).
- Please take a few minutes to read the attached “Working with…” document for some important instructions on properly importing and working with this virtual machine.
With the limitations out of the way, onto the fun stuff…
There are 18 hands-on-labs for you to take a scripted approach towards learning this content. These labs double as demo scripts in case you want to show off these features to others:
New features in Visual Studio 2012:
- Agile Project Management in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
- Building the Right Software - Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 2012
- Diagnosing Issues in Production with IntelliTrace and Visual Studio 2012
- Unit Testing and Code Clone Analysis with Visual Studio 2012
- Making Developers More Productive with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
- Exploratory Testing and Other Enhancements in Microsoft Test Manager 2012
- Introduction to PreEmptive Analytics
Labs upgraded from Visual Studio 2010:
- Authoring and Running Manual Tests using Microsoft Test Manager 2012
- Introduction to Test Planning with Microsoft Test Manager 2012
- Introduction to Test Case Management with Microsoft Test Manager 2012
- Introduction to Platform Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2012
- Introduction to Coded UI Tests with Visual Studio Ultimate 2012
- Branching and Merging Visualization with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
- Debugging with IntelliTrace using Visual Studio Ultimate 2012
- Using Code Analysis with Visual Studio 2012 to Improve Code Quality
- Understanding Class Coupling with Visual Studio Ultimate 2012
- Code Discovery using the Architecture Tools in Visual Studio Ultimate 2012
- Using the Architecture Explorer in Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 to Analyze Your Code
And of course he's provided download manager friendly list of download url's to make getting this VHD easy...
Now what would be cool would be having this VM available on the new Windows Azure VM service (actually for me to be able to create a diff off of it)
Related Past Post XRef:
VS 11 ALM DemoMates updated for the Beta
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