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Team Foundation Server 2017.2 Lands with Comprehensive List of Features

TFS 2017 Update 2 RTM Delivery Plans

On Monday, the final version of Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2017.2 was released, and it includes several new features, including Delivery Plans, which provides the ability to align the work of many teams on a common timeline so that the work can be viewed at “any level of granularity.”

The update also includes numerous improvements to the TFS build system – one of the larger ones is an improved build definition editor and task improvements. While, Build templates enable you to start with a good base template for your application type, writes Brian Harry.

And, a simple drag and drop task composition experience makes the process super easy.

Further he noted a tons of smaller improvement to release management and deployment capabilities are made as well, as follows:

“Lots of new support for deploying container based applications – ACS, Azure Service Fabric, Kubernetes, etc, Support for parallel deployments, Support for Java, Node, PHP and Python Azure web sites, Improved support for signing and publishing iOS apps to the Apple store, Richer release triggers – including multiple trigger sources and branches in Git repos, Improved release approvals

  • Support for deployment to Azure national clouds.” This is the last “feature update” in the TFS 2017 line, said Harry.
  • Update 3, will mostly foucs on fixes for reported bugs, while the first release candidate for the next major TFS release will be available within the next couple of months.

    tfs 2017 update 2 rtm build definition editor
    Build Definition Editor

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    Power BI now offers visual representations of data with new “Partner Center Analytics App.” In public preview, the new app offers visual representations of data, including: customer-base growth, usage of Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft Azure products, daily consumption units for metered resources in Azure subscriptions, estimated cost based on latest rate card, and ability to export datasets and create custom reports, including per customer.

    Power BI Partner Center Analytics App Dashboard
    Power BI Partner Center Analytics App Dashboard

    Watch the following video, starting at 39 mintue to view a demo of the Power BI app that was presented at Inspire 2017 in “CSP02 – CSP Platform Updates and Roadmap” breakout session on Day 3:

    For getting started with Partner Center Analytics App preview, follow the installation steps listed here.

    • Kick off the installation process
    • Under Already have an account? select Sign In.
    • On the next page, enter your Power BI user name and password and then select Sign In.
    • On the Connect to Partner Center Analytics pop-up window, verify that the Authentication method is set to oAuth2 or select oAuth2 from the list if it’s not.
    • Note:This window may take a few minutes to appear.
    • On the Partner Center Analytics Connector page, sign in with global admin or admin agent credentials for your company’s Azure AD tenant, and then select Sign In.
    • When prompted for access, select Accept.
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