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Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 VM Factory
The purpose of this project is to build prescriptive guidance around the virtualization of the Visual Studio 2010 and guidance for full automation of the creation of virtual machines. The goal is to help users with the installation and configuration of virtualized environments with least effort and maximum automation.

Visual Studio ALM Rangers
This guidance is created by the Rangers who have the mission to provide out of band solutions for missing features or guidance. This content was created with support from Microsoft Product Group, Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) and technical specialists from technology communities around the globe, giving you a real-world view from the field, where the technology has been tested and used.

What is in the package?
The download package consists of two ZIP package downloads:

  • Rangers Virtualization Guidance
    • Focused guidance on creating a Rangers base image manually and introduction of PowerShell scripts to automate many of the configuration tasks.
    • Virtualization guidance looking at the “why” and “how” to use virtualization for Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio, including planning, pre-requisite software, use of non-Microsoft virtualization technologies and introducing use case scenarios.
  • Rangers Factory Package and Guidance
    • Reference walk-through documentation on how to install, configure and support a Microsoft internal or an external factory to automate the installation of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio environments.
    • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit metadata and PowerShell scripts used to create a Rangers factory.

Our Objectives

  • Consolidation and delivery of best recommendations and limits for the ...
    • Deployment of Visual Studio
    • Deployment of Team Foundation Server
    • … in virtual environments
  • Automation of
    • Team Foundation Server virtualization
    • Visual Studio virtualization
  • Inclusion of non-Microsoft Virtualization technologies in the guidance

Willy-Peter Schaub, Paul Meyer, Bijan javidi, Brian Randell, David Corbin, Etienne Tremblay, John Robbins, Robert MacLean, Ted Malone, Willie Roberts, Zayd Kara, Henk van de Crommert, Jason Neave, Tony Feissle

How to submit new ideas?
The recommended method is to simply post ideas to the community or to contact the Rangers.

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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2010 4:06 AM | Back to top

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