Course Overview

3-day course aims to help you achieve some of the key goals of DevOps namely reducing friction, increasing velocity and increasing value to your customers. The course starts by introducing DevOps and the Visual Studio 2015 product family. We’ll look at how you can reduce lead time using the Agile planning tools in Visual Studio with still aligning with Enterprise goals.

Next we’ll look at how a number of features in Visual Studio 2015 including Code Clone Analysis, CodeLens and Code Maps can help you reduce technical debt and thereby help increase team productivity.

The course then focuses on the new scriptable, cross-platform build system introduced in TFS 2015 and how to use it. We briefly examine the current version of Release Management for Visual Studio 2015 before deep diving into Release Management vNext. Release Management vNext is in Visual Studio Team Services and TFS 2015 Update 2.

The course then looks at the benefits of PowerShell and the use of Desired State Configuration (DSC) to configure the machines where you’ll deploy your application components. The final modules of the course look at Application Insights and how you can monitor your application.

Key Learning Areas

  • Describe the full feature-set of Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management suite
  • Use the Agile Planning tools to maintain a prioritized flow of work to the team
  • Identify the problems caused by technical debt
  • Use some common features in Visual Studio to help reduce Technical Debt
  • 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 Create approval workflows and track releases across environments
  • Configure Application Insights to provide rich information about the availability, usage and performance of your application

Course Outline

  • Introducing DevOps and the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Family
  • Agile Planning
  • Reducing Technical Debt to Enabled DevOps Outcomes
  • Configuring your Build Environment
  • Authoring our First Build Definition
  • A Closer Look at Builds
  • Customizing your Build Process
  • Other Build Enhancements and Features
  • Overview of Release Management
  • Release Management for Visual Studio 2015
  • Release Management vNext
  • Configuring Environments
  • Defining a Release Workflow for On-Premises Servers
  • Defining a Release Workflow for Azure
  • Introduction to PowerShell
  • PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Continuous Learning

Who Benefits

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 course.


Attendees should be familiar with Visual Studio and the basic use of Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Team Services.