The Visual Studio 2013 Preview ALM Virtual Machine is available for download along with 3 hands-on-labs / demo scripts which introduce some of the new ALM capabilities which have been added in this release. In future iterations of this VM we will be adding additional hands-on-labs and demo scripts.
You can download and install the previews of Visual Studio 2013 (and Team Foundation Server 2013, .NET Framework 4.5.1, etc.). But if you would like a fast way to understand what is new for application lifecycle management in this release, this virtual machine is pre-configured with all of the necessary software and sample data for you.
Some important notes about this virtual machine:
- This is a Hyper-V virtual machine and works with Windows Server 2008 x64, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8 (with SLAT-capable processors), Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. The import procedure for this virtual machine is slightly different than for previous versions. Please read the “Working with…” document for detailed instructions.
- Windows is configured to set the system clock to July 9, 2013 every time you start this virtual machine. 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 may need to disable the Set Date and Time task (Task Scheduler -> Task Scheduler Library -> Set Date and Time -> Right-Click -> Disable).
This virtual machine is configured with:
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation
- Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Preview
- Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview
- Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
- Microsoft Visio Professional 2013
- Microsoft InRelease Server and Deployers
- Sample users and data required to support hands-on-lab scripts which accompany this download and exercise 3 new ALM scenarios.
|There are 3 hands-on-labs for you to take a scripted approach towards learning this content. These labs double as demo scripts in case you want to show off these features to others:New features in Visual Studio 2013:|
If you are looking for even more hands-on-labs and demo scripts, be sure to check out our other ALM virtual machines at http://aka.ms/ALMVMs. We will build more hands-on-labs and demo scripts for Visual Studio 2013 over time.
Links to the files above are included in the download set 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.
Downloading the virtual machine and labs:
I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.
1. Download and install Free Download Manager. This utility provides:
– Auto-resume support for interrupted downloads.
– Multiple simultaneous download streams for (usually) a much faster download experience.
– As the name implies, it’s completely free.
2. Select the URL’s below and copy (CTRL+C) them to your clipboard.
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http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/Getting Started with Git using Team Foundation Server 2013.docx
http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/Getting Started with InRelease for Visual Studio 2013.docx
http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/New Collaboration Experiences for Development Teams using Team Foundation Server 2013.docx
http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/Working with the Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine.docx
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3. Launch the user interface for Free Download Manager (either from the Start Menu or via the system tray icon if FDM is already running).
4. Click File -> Import -> Import List of URLs from Clipboard.
5. When prompted for a download group, accept the default and click OK.
6. You are now free to minimize Free Download Manager while the files download. By default, they will be saved to c:\downloads.
7. Expand the files and self-extracting RAR set and see the “Working with…” document for more instructions.
I hope you will enjoy this content as a way of learning how Visual Studio can help you improve your team’s overall application lifecycle management capabilities. If you have suggestions for how to improve this virtual machine and set of demos / hands-on-labs please let me know. Remember to check out our previous ALM virtual machines at http://aka.ms/ALMVMs to learn about other ways in which Microsoft is delivering tooling for application lifecycle management.