Build and Release Management using TFS 2015 or VSTS

Team Foundation Server 2015 update 2 and Visual Studio Team Services offer a completely redeveloped build and release management solutions. This 2-day course focuses on building and releasing .NET applications using these new systems. It focuses on the new scriptable, cross-platform build system introduced in TFS 2015 and how to use it. The course briefly looks at the current version of Release Management for Visual Studio 2015 but then deep dives into Release Management vNext. Release Management vNext is currently in Visual Studio Team Services and in TFS 2015 Update 2.

If you are eager to learn how to implement DevOps practises designed to streamline your build and release processes using TFS or VSTS, this is the course for you.


This course is designed for .NET developers, TFS Administrators and Build masters. It is a hands-on look at various technologies rather than a high-level management overview.


Attendees should be familiar with Visual Studio and deploying applications. Experience building applications will also be of benefit.

Kursens mål

  • Describe the current features in TFS or VSTS focused on build and release management
  • Plan and configure a scalable build environment including pools and queues
  • Configure appropriate security on pools and queues
  • Author build definitions
  • Configure Continuous Integration (CI) builds as well as scheduled builds
  • Use existing build templates as well as create new build templates
  • Create custom build workflow using build steps
  • Automate the execution of tests as part of our build
  • Understand the features of the current version of Release Management for Visual Studio
  • Use Release Management vNext to create and manage releases
  • Use Release Management vNext to create environments
  • Manage configuration information in each environment
  • Deploy software to both on-premises servers as well as to Azure
  • Configure Continuous Release by triggering releases from builds



A lap around the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 family

  • Overview of the Visual Studio 2015 family
  • Overview of product features
  • The need for centralized builds
  • The importance of release management

Configuring your Build environment

  • Understanding the new 2015 Build infrastructure
  • Creating Agent pools and queues
  • Installing Build Agents
  • Specifying capabilities on your Build Agents
  • Configuring security
  • Overview of non-Windows Build Agents
  • Overview of hosted build infrastructure

Authoring our first build definition

  • Creating a new build definition
  • Understanding Build templates
  • Selecting the solution to build
  • Running tests as part of your build
  • Queuing a build

A closer look at builds

  • Selecting our source repository (TFVC/Git/GitHub/Subversion)
  • Running multiple concurrent builds
  • Working with Build variables
  • Configuring Continuous Integration (CI) and scheduled builds
  • Using Gated Check-ins
  • Using demands to influence agent selection
  • Build retention policies

Customizing your build process

  • A lap around the available build tasks
  • Using Build Tasks to deploy your application components
  • Extending builds using scripts

Other build enhancements and features

  • Viewing build status
  • Controlling build outputs and understanding artifacts
  • Packaging your .NET application
  • Examining test results from a build

Overview of Release Management

  • What is Release Management
  • Key concepts in Release Management
  • The current state of Release Management in TFS/VSTS

Release Management for Visual Studio 2015

  • Release Management for Visual Studio 2015
  • Creating environments and releases
  • Configuring approval workflows
  • Triggering and tracking releases

Release Management vNext

  • Authoring a new release definition
  • Linking your build definition to a release
  • Determining what to deploy using artifacts
  • Defining and using configuration variables
  • Configuring Continuous Release
  • Naming your release and using retention policies

Configuring environments

  • Understanding environments
  • Configuring your approval workflow
  • Notifying approvers
  • Selecting your deployment queue
  • Defining custom variables for your environments
  • Configuring the environment owner
  • Understanding deployment conditions
  • Cloning environments

Defining a release workflow for on-premises servers

  • Overview of release tasks
  • Copying files and running scripts
  • Releasing a web application to an IIS server
  • Executing tests as part of our on-premises release
  • Tracking our release

Defining a release workflow for Azure

  • Understanding Azure resources
  • Understanding Service Endpoints
  • Configuring endpoints for connecting to Azure
  • Releasing an Azure Web Application
  • Executing tests as part of our Azure release

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Pris: 19 450,00 kr

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Kurskod A338

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