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Build Service for Team Foundation Service on Azure; Visual Studio 2010 ALM VM with Longer Expiration; Visual Studio Ultimate Feature Pack Roadmap Announced

The Visual Studio 2010 ALM Virtual Machine has now been updated with a longer expiration date, which will expire September 10, 2012. If you are using the older version please note that it expires on April 9, 2012.

“This new version contains the latest Windows Updates, Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1, and Team Foundation Server 2010 Service Pack 1.”

You can download the new verison ALM here.

Microsoft is adding a new build service “TFS preview” to the Windows Azure-hosted version of its Team Foundation Service, annouced Micrsoft’s Brian Harry in VS Live keynote in Las Vegas.

Team Foundation Service Preview (TFS Preview) for Team Foundation Service on Azure

In a March 27 blog post, Harry notes, “From the beginning with tfspreview, you’ve been able to do builds, but – you had to install, manage, patch, etc the build machines yourself. With this new service, we’ve made it possible to skip that and just use a pool of build machines that we manage in the cloud (though you can still install and manage build machines if you like). And, of course, you can do more than just build – like with on-premises TFS, you can run a default workflow that includes, compilation, testing, etc or you can create a custom workflow that does whatever you like.”

“The new build service works by maintaining a pool of Azure VM roles that can expand and shrink as needed. When you start a build, a VM is allocated from the pool to run your build. Your build is run, the build output is copied off the build machine then the VM is restored and it is returned back to the pool for someone else to use,” Harry explains.

Adding, Microsoft will be enabling the new build service for all new and existing accounts on TFS. “It will take a few hours to enable them all but you should expect to see it available on your account by early afternoon,” he said.

“If you don’t have an account but would like to try it out, you can register here. If you already have an invitation code, you can just sign up.” Microsoft will send you the code in next 1 to 2 weeks.

Microsoft also announced that after the release of Visual Studio 11, the company plans to ship “Visual Studio 11 Ultimate” Feature Packs as an ongoing benefit.

“The goal of these feature packs is to further build on the value and scenarios delivering in Visual Studio 11, and the main themes for the first feature pack will be SharePoint Quality of Service Testing scenarios, and the ability to debug code anywhere its run using our IntelliTrace technology,” posted Jason Zander.

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