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DevOps, Git, and Agile updates from the team building Azure DevOps

Monitoring your existing Applications

Sometimes you want to monitor a web application that’s already installed and running – without updating the code or redeploying it. Maybe it has some kind of performance issues or is throwing exceptions and you need to apply instrumentation ASAP. Now you can do that with Application Insights Status Monitor. Just by installing it on your ...

Free and unlimited project stakeholders, and organizational accounts for Visual Studio Online

Was just going through my email and noticed the announcement for two new features for Visual Studio Online: **************** Invite stakeholders to a project to keep them informed on what's happening with that team or project. They’ll have access to the team home page, where they can view updated project information. They’ll ...

Data-Driven Load Tests using Visual Studio Online and SQL Azure

Editors Note: While working in Australia I was blessed to work with some truly gifted technologists.  In the SQL space David Lean was the local legend with the (deserved) reputation of being THE SQL Performance Guru. David has since left Microsoft but continue his cutting edge work with SQL Server and Application Tuning.  Thanks for the ...

PerfTips: Performance Information at-a-glance while Debugging with Visual Studio

Note: this post has been updated for Visual Studio 2015 RTM. You are probably all familiar with the debugger DataTips that let you see the value of a variable when you hover over it in the editor. This post introduces the new PerfTips feature in Visual Studio 2015 for C#/VB, and C++ developers on all Windows platforms. Why PerfTips? We have...

Application Insights – instrumentation approaches for running tests

[this summer Beckylin Orooji from the University of Central Florida in Orlando studying Computer Science interned with the Application Insights team in the developer division at Microsoft.  Below is a blog she authored based on some end to end scenarios she worked on] In my scenario today I have a shopping website. I have made some changes ...

Project Welcome Pages

We recently deployed a new feature to Visual Studio Online to help people get new team members started with a project and for people browsing the server to understand what a project is for and how to use it. We call the feature “Project Welcome Pages”. It’s very easy to tell when the feature had been enabled for your account, simply go ...

IntelliTrace standalone collector is back!

As you probably already know, Visual Studio Ultimate offers an enhanced live debugging experience (F5 or Attach) through the use of IntelliTrace. Your application’s execution is recorded by IntelliTrace and you can navigate through time, both backwards and forwards, and examine your code as you normally would during a debugging session ...

Restrict Team Foundation Build permissions

Do you have code that should be seen by only a subset of members of your on-premises team project collection? Do you use Team Foundation Build (TFBuild)? If so, you must create some custom groups to reduce the risk that unauthorized team project collection members can use a build process to bypass team project permissions. ...

Work-items tracking using Release Management

Tracing what is new in a given release for a product is often tiresome and time taking task. With Microsoft Release Management 2013 Update 3 RC/RTM, you can achieve this easily through its “Change Summary” feature. Details of this feature is described below Change Summary feature details Manual Release When you start a new manual ...

Microsoft’s journey to Cloud Cadence

Last week the Visual Studio product owner Sam Guckenheimer keynoted the Agile 2014 Conference.  In his presentation he went through our teams changes/learning's to adopt a DevOps workflow.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend as we had several conferences here in Redmond/Seattle but luckily we can check it out online here: ...

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