Hello, this is Bryon Surace again.  I’m a senior program manager on the Windows virtualization team at Microsoft.

 

Recently, the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 beta 2 became available for public download.  Part of this release is the Beta 2 version of Visual Studio Team System 2010 Lab Management; an integrated solution to give you all the benefits of virtualization for application lifecycle management. Congratulations to the Visual Studio Lab Management team for reaching this milestone!

Beta 2 Improvements:

§  Simplified Virtual Environment creation

§  Lab Environment Viewer with full-screen capability

§  Manual and automated testing in virtual environment

§  Build-deploy-test workflow for virtual environments

§  Enhanced workflow process parameters UI and report

§  Network isolation with support for domain controller VMs

§  Setup & Config – verification and auto provisioning of accounts

§  Virtual Machine templates

§  “In-Use” support for shared environments

The main features of Lab Management are:

  • Easily  manage more complex test configurations
    • Lab environment as a first class entity for managing multi-machine test environments
    • Setup multiple configurations for testing quickly
    • Consistent, reliable access to test environments
    • Create multiple copies of test environments for parallel testing
  • New  “clean” environment in minutes
    • Environment snapshot: lightweight and efficient
    • Facilitates exploratory testing
  • Scheduled build/test cycle on steroids
    • Snapshot to clean environment
    • Build triggered app deployment
    • Testing in more realistic environment
  • Rich bugs with environment snapshot
    • reduce the number of no-repro bugs

Visual Studio Download Page – you can download all the required components from there. This video can guide you through the download and installation process of TFS. And check out the Lab Management blog.

 

Thank you,

Bryon Surace