Microsoft includes InRelease deployment tool in TFS 2013

Microsoft has acquired InRelease a release management product from InCycle Software. InRelease is a Continuous Delivery solution for .NET teams that automates the release process from Team Foundation Server up to production for faster and simpler deliveries

This means that you in a simple way can release your applications to different environments automatically or semi automatically.InRelease1

InRelease includes a TFS build process template that triggers a release at the end of a build according to a predefined flow.

To handle what do in the actual release there is a workflow editor that enables you to decide what to do in each environment.

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There are a lot of predefined activities that you can use and it’s easy to add activities of your own.

You can follow each step in a release.

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What does it cost?

InRelease will be included without cost in TFS/VS 2013. However the deployment agents needed on each server included in each environment will cost something, what this will cost in not yet decided.

Can I try it?

Yes, download a preview of TFS 2013 here

Do you want to test InRelease in a Hyper-V environment, download it from Microsoft here

Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012

The ALM Rangers have released another great guide, this time about testing with Continuous Delivery. The guide tells us the story of two companies, Contoso and Fabrikam and their approach to testing and deployment (the old and the new way).

It describes the entire test and deployment process in from A to Z including

  • Unit tests with code coverage and check in policy’s
  • Intellitrace
  • Coded UI tests
  • Builds with Continuous integration
  • Different kinds of alerts
  • Setting up lab environments with SCVMM and Hyper-V
  • Using Microsoft test manager for manual tests with Requirements and Test Cases
  • Automating manual tests
  • Deploying a tests application
  • The new Feedback tool

Read or download it here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj159345