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Build and Release Management using TFS 2015 Course Outline

 (2 days)
Version 2015

Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Team Services offer a completely redeveloped build system, and Microsoft is in the process of rolling out a new system for Release Management.

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 preview in Visual Studio Team Services and in TFS 2015 Update 2.

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

The content in this course is a subset of our 3-day “DevOps using Visual Studio 2015” course.

This course includes hands-on labs to reinforce practical skills and ensure you’re ready to use the tools upon returning to your workplace.

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 the basic use of Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Team Services.

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
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

Course Outline

Module 1 – 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

Module 2 – 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

Module 3 – 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

Module 4 – 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

Module 5 – Customizing your build process
A lap around the available build tasks
Using Build Tasks to deploy your application components
Extending builds using scripts

Module 6 – Other build enhancements and features
Viewing build status
Controlling build outputs and understanding artifacts
Packaging your .NET application
Examining test results from a build

Module 7 - Overview of Release Management
What is Release Management
Key concepts in Release Management
The current state of Release Management in TFS/VSTS

Module 8 - Release Management for Visual Studio 2015
Release Management for Visual Studio 2015
Creating environments and releases
Configuring approval workflows
Triggering and tracking releases

Module 9 - 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

Module 10 – 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

Module 11 – 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

Module 12 - 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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