[ALM] – Visual Studio 11 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

I’m very pleased to announce the availability of the Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine along with 18 hands-on-labs / demo scripts. This is the most comprehensive ALM virtual machine we have ever published. This combines ALM capabilities which we are introducing in Visual Studio 2012 along with features which were new in the Visual Studio 2010 release. This brings forward all of the relevant ALM content and hands-on-labs from the Visual Studio 2010 ALM VM (based on Tailspin Toys) into the same virtual machine we have been using to evangelize Visual Studio 2012 (based on Fabrikam Fiber).

Please see http://aka.ms/VS11ALMVM

Important information about this virtual machine:

· Windows is configured to set the system clock to May 16, 2012 every time you start this machine up. This is to support the project management hands-on-lab. If you want to work with this virtual machine beyond the specific hands-on-labs scenarios, you will need to disable the Set Date and Time task (Task Scheduler -> Task Scheduler Library -> Set Date and Time -> Right-Click -> Disable)

· Please take a few minutes to read the “Working with…” document for some important instructions for properly importing and working with this virtual machine.

· This is a Hyper-V virtual machine and was built to work with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8 Release Preview, or Windows Server 2012. (The instructions provided assume you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, so steps may vary slightly if you are using a different host operating system)

This virtual machine is configured with:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 RC
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012 RC
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Microsoft Project 2010
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
  • Sample users and data required to support hands-on-lab scripts which accompany this download and exercise many of the new Visual Studio 2012 application lifecycle management capabilities along with capabilities which were new in the Visual Studio 2010 release.

There are now eighteen hands-on-labs (which double as demo scripts):


New features in Visual Studio 2012:

Labs upgraded from Visual Studio 2010:

The files above are included in the download locations below, so you don’t have to follow the individual links above if you plan on batch downloading all of the files in this set.

There are also DemoMates available for the Visual Studio 2012 hands-on-labs / demo scripts which you can download here. The DemoMates are currently based on the Visual Studio 11 Beta but will be updated soon based on the Visual Studio 2012 RC. DemoMates are useful for being able to “click through” the scenarios above without needing to download and run the virtual machine.

I hope you will enjoy playing with these bits as much as I have. Since there will be another release after this for RTM, I would love your feedback on what I can do to make this the best possible resource. Please let me know how I can improve this to better meet your needs.


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