The Microsoft Visual Studio ALM VM and the accompanying hands-on-labs are now updated to Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2017.
The virtual machine contains the following pre-configured software:
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Evaluation
Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2017
Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
Microsoft SQL Server Express 2016
Sample users and data required to support hands-on-lab scripts which accompany this download.
Accessing the Virtual Machine
You can get access to the virtual machine the following ways:
- Download the Virtual Machine - You can download the virtual machine, if you prefer to use it offline. Please see below for instructions to download the VM.
- Try it on Technet Virtual Labs - You can also access the virtual machine online on TechNet Virtual Labs - no downloads or complex setup required. You can experience it right from within your browser.
- Run it on Azure - If you prefer to run the VM on Azure, you can simply upload the VHD to your Azure storage and create a VM from the VHD. If you are setting up the labs for a training, you might want to consider the Azure DevTest Labs for training.
Downloading and extracting the VM
The size of the download is about 18 GB. It is recommended that you use a utility like 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.
- Download and install Free download manager if you currently do not have one installed
- Open and select all the download URLs from the text file. Press CTRL+C to copy the selected URLs to clipboard.
- Select Menu - Paste URLs from clipboard
- When the download is complete, double-click the .exe file to self-extract the RAR files to a folder
- Read the “ Working with the …” document to start using the VM
There are quite a number of important instructions on how to use the VM including activating the VM, taking snapshots/check points, etc, documented.We highly recommend that you read through theWorking with the Visual Studio 2017 ALM Virtual Machine document prior to using the VM, even if you may have used the earlier version of the VM.
Note that The VM has about 15 GB of free hard disk space. Should you want to increase the size of the disk, you will need to do so before creating snapshots/check points. You can refer this article on TechNet for instructions on expanding the virtual hard disk.
Here are the 2017 hands-on-labs for Team Foundation Server. If you want to access the labs offline, you can download them as MS Word documents from here