Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Important Q&A about Visual Studio 2010 Microsoft Lab Management 1/2

These are some Common Q&As about Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management. Hope to be quiet helpful

Q: What is Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management?

Answer: Microsoft’s Visual Studio Lab Management solution extends the existing Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform to enable integrated Hyper-V based virtual machine management. Lab Management automates complex build-deploy-test workflows to optimize the build process, decrease risk and accelerate your time to market. Organizations can use it to reduce development and testing costs associated with setup, tear down and restoration of virtual environments to a known state. Lab Management helps to streamline the collaboration between development, Quality Assurance and operations to help organizations achieve higher ROI and realize the benefits of Microsoft’s entire ALM solution. Lab Management also enables testers to file rich bugs with links to environment snapshots which enable developers to quickly debug complex environments.

Q: Who is Lab Management intended for? How will it benefit me?

Answer:: Lab Management is intended for anyone involved in the application development and testing process. Lab Management helps to reduce costs associated with setup, tear down and restoration of complex virtual environments to a known state for build automation, test execution and build deployment. This eliminates waste across the entire application lifecycle by allowing development and QA to work together to effectively optimize the build process and minimize regression testing efforts. Lab Management also enables customers to easily file ‘rich actionable bugs’ with links to environment snapshots that developers can use to recreate the tester’s environments and identify issues. Lab Management enables the automation of build-deploy-test workflows to reduce overall risk and accelerate time to market.

Q: As an inclusion to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN and Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN subscriptions, is Microsoft divesting the Lab Management functionality going into the next release of Visual Studio?

Answer:: No, quite the opposite. This move represents a conscious decision to equip a much larger set of our customers with the ability to use virtual labs to optimize the team development process. Our goal is to help our customers better manage their application development and testing lifecycle while achieve higher software quality and ROI. Visual Studio Lab Management is critical to realizing this vision. Q: Which licenses are required to enable the Lab Management functionality? A: You must have at least one team member with one of the following licenses so that he or she can download required software from MSDN Subscriber Downloads to configure Lab Management: 1)Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN, or 2)Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN Once Lab Management is configured, any team member with an active MSDN subscription containing the software being used (for example, if the lab is running Windows Server and SQL Server then Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN would be sufficient, but the subscriber would need Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN if the lab uses Microsoft Office SharePoint Server or Microsoft Dynamics software) can leverage the Lab Management infrastructure. For example, team members can enable Build-Deploy-Test workflows through Team Explorer once Lab Management is configured. However, team members still need Microsoft Test Manager to file bugs and debug issues with environment snapshots.

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