Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell RC; VMST 2012; Kanban and Git-tf for TFS

Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Release Candidate (RC) avialable through Microsoft Download Center "helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository."Microsoft Script Explorer enables:Integrated community and Microsoft resources to help you […]

Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Release Candidate (RC) avialable through Microsoft Download Center "helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository."

Microsoft Script Explorer enables:

  • Integrated community and Microsoft resources to help you unlock the power of Windows PowerShell.
  • Seamless searching across online repositories to locate script samples relevant to you.
  • Establishing and searching local, network, and corporate script repository is easy.

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 2012 now available for download "provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks efficiently and without exposing them to security risks," Microsoft informed.

VMST 2012 is designed to work with System Center 2012 -Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2.

"It helps you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches--without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure," explains the software company.

Using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to Actively Manage Consumerization of IT Devices

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 has functionality that enables users to access their corporate email, calendar, global address list, and tasks with their personal portable devices. Using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync within Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft IT (MSIT) delivers significant improvements in employee productivity and satisfaction by enabling employee access to this business-critical information in more than 170,000 user mailboxes.

Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2706690) resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 customers.

For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB2706690. (not online yet)

Download links:

Also, Microsoft today announced the addition of three new capabilities for TFS.

The first is a new "kanban board for Team Foundation Service," is an increasingly popular process used by engineering teams to "help ensure that they are providing a continuous stream of value to their customers while limiting the amount of work in progress for any given phase of the engineering lifecycle," Microsoft informed.

Now you can use kanban along with the rest of the agile project management tools already built into Team Foundation Service.

The second new capability "Git integration with TFS," is designed to help combine the local repository offered by Git with the integration application lifecycle management solution offered by Team Foundation Server.

"Git-tf is a new cross-platform bridge and allows developers to combine the local repository capabilities of Git with the integrated application lifecycle management tooling of Team Foundation Server."

"Now you can use a Git repository locally, and when you're ready to, check in code to TFS. You can even continue to take advantage of integration between work items (such as bugs and requirements) in TFS when you want to enable end-to-end traceability of the relationship between your work and your code changes. This bridge is a cross-platform tool built with Java, so it runs on many operating systems, including OS X, Linux, and Windows. This means that you can use Git clients (such as Xcode) and maintain the ability to check code into Team Foundation Server," Microsoft explains.

For more information, watch the videos below, and to get started with Kanban, visit here, and for Git-tf, visit CodePlex.

Kanban for TFS:

Information on git-tf: