Saturday, March 13, 2010

Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it isn’t real… Using Visual Studio Lab Management to help virtualize your ALM

MSDN Library - Using a Virtual Lab for Your Application Lifecycle

“Visual Studio Lab Management enables you to create a virtual lab to use with Team Foundation Server when you are developing or testing an application. Visual Studio Lab Management integrates with the following virtualization software:

By using virtualization with Lab Management, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Create a known clean state for all the virtual machines that are required to run an instance of your application.
  • Take a snapshot of all the virtual machines in your environment when you run a test to help developers re-create bugs.
  • Deploy your application to a virtual environment and run tests as part of a scheduled process.
  • Run manual and automated tests on the environment and collect information about any virtual machine in the environment as you run the test.
  • Attach a link to a snapshot of an environment in a bug to help a developer re-create the bug.
  • Create multiple copies of the environment that you have to have in order to run an application.
  • Run multiple copies of the environment at the same time.

To create and manage these virtual environments of virtual machines, use Microsoft Test Manager. …

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As I’ve said in past posts, I’m excited about Visual Studio Lab Management. I don’t know if this v1 will be the ticket or not, but I’m still going to give it the whole college try when it ships… ;)


Related Past Post XRef:
The Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management video tour – Six videos, 30 minutes, toward Lab Management guru’ism
22 Visual Studio 2010 Testing, ALM, Coded UI, Test Elements, Lab Management and more videos
Virtual image to test drive testing via image virtualization - “VHD Test Drive - Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RC”
Visual Studio 2010 Licensing White Paper (includes Team Foundation Server, Lab Management and IntelliTrace)
PDC09 Session Video List (Okay, so I lied)

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