First there wasn’t going to be a RC release of the power tools but by popular demand it was released anyway. I think it’s awesome that the TFS team manages to do these things in what I assume is pretty busy times in the end game of the 2010 development cycle. Anyway this release really helps us running the TFS 2010 RC!
Get the RC build of TFS 2010 Power Tools here.
Visual Studio Lab Management is a new component in the VS 2010 and TFS 2010 stack aimed to simplify management of test environments. Being a pre-v1 product and also a solution to a complex problem it has been a challenge to set up and get a test lab running.
Last week Microsoft released a pre-configured VHD will everything you need to try out the new product installed. So for those interested in testing this new product this is a great starting point.
You will need a physical machine running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V to host the Lab Management VHD. I recommend you have at least 8GB of RAM and a large, fast disk for the virtual machines.
Download the image here.
And there’s a very detailed walkthrough for setting up the environment and running a couple of fundamental scenarios in this blog post.
So give the VHD a try, I think you will like it!