Thursday, October 7, 2010

VM Prep Tool for Visual Studio Lab Management

Before you can start creating virtual test environments in Visual Studio Lab management you need virtual machines (VMs) or templates to create these virtual environments. To enable testing, build-deploy-test workflow and network isolation capabilities on these environments, you need to install Visual Studio Test Agent, Visual Studio Lab Agent and Team Foundation Build Agent on VMs and templates that are part of the lab environments.
Microsoft released a tool that automates this process of upgrading/installing Test, Build, and Lab Agents on a Virtual machine and configuring them. It also provides support for automating the process of creating templates with agents installed on them.

Before you can start using it, you’ll have to execute some steps:

Afterwards you can log in on the Virtual Machine you want to configure, browse to the file share and start the VMPreptoolUI.exe.

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