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Are You on Windows 8 RTM yet? Get going in under 30 minutes flat!

by Angela 29. August 2012 10:33

So, I have been on the Windows 8 Customer Preview since about February, and I owe that to Eric Boyd who published this kick-ass tutorial with video, to walk you through the process of setting up a Boot to VHD environment for Windows 8.  He really “dumbs it down” which I love. And let’s be clear, I am not dumb, but I am effing LAZY, and if I can accomplish the same end result in fewer, simpler steps, SIGN ME UP!

Since I do a lot of client work, I didn’t want to completely scrap my current Windows 7 setup with all of my Visual Studio/MTM/TFS 2010 tools.  At the same time, I really want to be using Windows 8 with Visual Studio/MTM/TFS 2012, without giving up access to my 8-core processor and 16GB of RAM.  I know, I am a lucky girl Smile  So, having a dual boot option with Win 8 running darn near native was the perfect setup for me.  I can choose to boot to either Win 7 + VS 2010 or Win 8 + VS 2012. I know, VS 2010 can live side by side with 2012 but I had encountered issues in the past with them fighting each other, and would rather not mess with it.  Plus if I ever need to pave Windows 8 again, it’ll take me all of 30 minutes to do it, obviously, or I wouldn’t be writing this post. 

Here is where it gets really awesome. There wasn’t much to the update.  I literally went to the drive that housed my old Win8.vhd and deleted it. Now, be sure you’ve backed everything up, unless like me you are using some kind of wonderful back-up tool like SkyDrive or DropBox.  Just be sure to disconnect the image from your backup software before blowing it away so you don’t accidentally tell it to clear your stored data!

Back to my point. I simply went to my c:\VHD folder, deleted the Win8.vhd file, and then went back through Eric’s tutorial using the latest Windows 8 iso. Easy as pie! 

Just to recap, this was literally all I had to do:

  1. Download the Win 8 iso from MSDN and write down my product key
  2. Then according to Eric’s instructions perform the following commands (your drive letters may vary):
    • create vdisk file=C:\VHD\Boot\Win8\Win8.vhd maximum=60000 type=expandable
    • select vdisk file=C:\VHD\Boot\Win8\Win8.vhd
    • attach vdisk
    • create partition primary
    • assign letter=V
    • imagex /info G:\sources\install.wim  <—only difference is a second options 1 = professional, 2 = core. So most of you will still pick “1”
    • imagex /apply G:\sources\install.wim 1 V:\
    • bcdboot V:\Windows 
  3. Boot and enjoy!  

Like I said, about 35 minutes door-to-door to get the VHD configured and ready. Applying the Win 8 iso was literally the longest running step in the entire process (24 minutes for me), but alas we cannot speed that up. Once you boot into your Win 8 VHD, there will be some more setup, especially if your past experience was with the Preview. Here is a run-down of what to expect here:

  1. Choose the Win 8 Options from the boot menu
  2. You’ll see a message about “Getting devices ready”, this may take a few minutes
  3. “Getting Ready” message appears
  4. I was then prompted again to select my OS (I left the room so it must have rebooted as part of setup)
  5. Then enter your product key and accept terms
  6. Choose some personalization options (colors, wireless router to connect to, express settings, etc.)
  7. Sign into your account
  8. Win 8 installs some base apps, gives you a little color rotator show while things happen, applies some final settings and off you go!
  9. Don’t forget to download SkyDrive to re-sync all your stuff, and turn on the HyperV feature!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh…

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Windows 8 | SkyDrive | Hyper-V

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Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event Coming to Chicago in September!

by Angela 29. August 2012 04:50

You might have heard that the official launch of Visual Studio 2012 is coming soon! Alas we cannot all afford to hop on a plane and head out to Washington State to party with the product team. BUT, lucky for you, there are also going to be local launches held at major cities across the U.S. You might not have noticed because all the marketing jazz has been heavily focusing on the Windows Azure part of that event, but there is going to be some great content around the development tools as well. Now you know!

Join Polaris Solutions at this free launch in Oak Brook, IL (about 20 miles west of Chicago) event to check out some of Microsoft’s newest leading-edge tools, including Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Windows Azure, Windows Server 2012, and Microsoft System Center 2012. You'll get the opportunity to engage with the experts (like me), get hands on with the new technology, and learn how to build modern applications both on-premises or in the cloud using the Microsoft platform.

A special Visual Studio 2012 launch track was recently added to the CHICAGO event with a keynote from Brian Harry himself. I know, cool right?! Smile In his talk, you will learn about how Visual Studio 2012 can help you evolve your development practices to maintain relevancy, adapt to change and deliver on the needs of the business, rise to the challenge of the “New Normal”, and elevate your skills to keep pace with the fast changing world of application development and delivery. Be sure to stop by after the keynote and visit us at the Polaris Solutions booth as well!

At the event, you will also be able to participate in a raffle for a chance to win an Xbox 360 + Kinect Bundle.  Get registered soon before it sells out:  https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032521310&Culture=en-US&community=0

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ALM | Application Lifecycle Management | Microsoft Test Manager | Microsoft Test Professional | SDLC | TFS 2012 | TFS | Team Foundation Server | Visual Studio | Visual Studio 2012

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August Chicago ALM User Group - Announcing Git Integration with TFS

by Angela 16. August 2012 10:43

I know, Microsoft supporting non-.NET developers and non-Windows folks? Inconceivable! ::gasp:: 

OK, so if you’ve been paying attention for the past couple of years, you might already know that this has been happening slowly. But recently there have been some seriously MAJOR developments. First, Microsoft made Entity Framework open source, and now they have added MVC, ASP.NET and more to that list. Dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria…and all that.  Then when you thought it couldn’t get crazier, they announced TFS integration with Git!  My head just exploded a little, how about yours?

Come to the Chicago Microsoft office on August 29th and meet one of the TFS product team members, you heard it, ONE OF THE DUDES WHO WRITES CODE FOR TFS ITSELF! Edward Thomson will be discussing how to take advantage of the new git-tf tool to synchronize a local git repository with Team Foundation Server.  This cross platform bridging tool is especially useful for cross-platform developers, such as iOS developers on Xcode.

Edward Thomson is a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft, where he works on cross-platform version control tools for Team Foundation Server.  Before joining Microsoft, Edward worked on numerous source code control tools for Microsoft and Unix platforms.

Register now to make sure you get a spot. Building security also requires it, and it helps me not order gobs of food no one will show up to eat.  So help a girl out huh?

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ALM | Application Lifecycle Management | MSDN | SDLC | TFS | Team Foundation Server | VS 11 Beta | Visual Studio | Open Source | git | TFS 2012

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