Monday, November 4, 2013

How to Install Microsoft Test Manager 2013 aka Visual Studio Test Professional 2013

If you are interested in how to install Microsoft Test Manager 2013, I have created a list of tools and instructions to get you up and running quickly with the latest.  It seems like just yesterday I was installing 2012, oh my how time flies.  It is so exciting that the test product team has been able to release a new version so quickly!

As a good tester, I have also included steps on how to verify the installation of all these tools.  Enjoy!


  1. Virtual Clone Drive  
  2. Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional installs Microsoft Test Manager & Visual Studio Team Explorer
    • Download Test Professional trial ISO from here(Expand Test Professional and select Download Now next to the CD icon) http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs#d-test-professional
    • OR  Login into MSDN 
    • Download Visual Studio Test Professional ISO from MSDN https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/subscriptions/securedownloads/#FileId=56038
    • Right mouse click on ISO and Mount ISO to drive letter
    • Go to mounted drive letter and run VS_TestProfessional.exe
    • Go thru the install wizard
    • You will be prompted to restart
    • Verify Installation:
      • Find Microsoft Test Manager 2013 & Visual Studio 2013 tiles OR
      • Go to Start menu > All Programs > Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 > Microsoft Test Manager 2013
      • Go to Start menu > All Programs > Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 >  Visual Studio 2013 (this is actually Team Explorer if you are just installing Test Professional)
  3. Test Scribe allows you to print Microsoft Test Manager Test Plans and Test Runs
    • Download Test Scribe http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/e029e3a1-c246-4737-8943-c90d68803c18
    • Run TestScribe_x86.msi
    • Go thru the install wizard
    • Verify Installation: 
      • Find Microsoft Test Manager 2013 tile OR
      • Go to Start menu > All Programs > Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 > Microsoft Test Manager 2013
      • Click on the Testing Center dropdown
      • Select Tools from the dropdown
      • You will see Test Plan Summary and Test Run Summary available

Anna Russo
Sr. ALM TFS Software Process Consultant 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

TFS 2013 - What's New in Web Test Management

Back in February at the ALM Summit I spoke about how Microsoft's Web Test Management is the next generation of testing tools.  Now let me show you what I'm excited about and what's new!  Did I mention it feels like opening new toys for Christmas in October :)

Access to Test Plan's from Web Test Management


Create a new Test Plan easily























Open MTM from the web - Super handy shortcut that opens Microsoft Test Manager











The Test Plan and Test Run menus are co-located
This is what awesome tester's need to be efficient!





Test Case Pane gives you viewing options
This dual pane view allows you to have your test cases list side by side with your test case.  You can also choose to view the test case on the bottom.





The Test Runner displays all actions/expected results so that you can execute and Pass/Fail test steps.
























Click on pencil icon to edit test steps while running tests 
If for some reason the app changes after you write your test case (I know that never happens...) - no worries because now you can easily edit your test steps in the Test Runner.





















Edit step options menu
You can insert a new test step, delete a test step, reorder the test steps up or down.













Pass/Fail Tests in Bulk
A hidden gem that allows you to highlight test steps with the Shift key and then you can select the Pass or Fail icon and it will apply to all selected.






















Create bugs from the Test Runner
I love that the Test Runner automatically uses my test steps to create the bug and also indicates the failure point in red (for those developers who don't read thru the entire bug - you know who you are).  Just enter a Title, Assign it to a developer to fix it, select Severity and Save.



































Run using MTM client
Need to use the power data and diagnostics tools such as Video, System Information, Intellitrace and other collectors, not a problem just select Run using client option.


Bulk edit test cases by changing the view to Grid
One of the best enhancements I have seen is the ability to bulk edit test cases using the grid view and you can also past directly from excel!




























View results
Take a look at all the testing that has been completed and give yourself a pat on the back!










Hope you enjoy all the new features that Web Test Management has to offer in 2013!

Anna Russo

Sr. ALM TFS Software Process Consultant

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Web Test Management - Run using MTM client

From Web Test Management on the TFS Service another great feature "Run using client" has been added that all tester's should know about.

Now what does client mean? Well it is referring to the Microsoft Test Manager client tool.   This is important because the most powerful data and diagnostics tools such as Video, System Information, Intellitrace, and other collectors were previously not available if you were using the Web Test Management, well that of course is until today!


  1. Prerequisite to use this feature: Visual Studio Update 3 that can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39305
  2. Go to Web Test Management > Test Plan > Test Suite and click on the dropdown arrow next to Run
  3. Select Run using Client (notice the tooltip that states Run test using Microsoft Test Manager).

  4. You will be prompted "Do you want to allow this website to open an app on your computer?"
  5. Click Allow (yes please!)

  6. If you do not have Visual Studio Update 3 you will receive the following message "No apps are installed to open this type of link (mtrs)"

  7. If it works you will see the Microsoft Test Manager Runner appear as expected

Enjoy using the new feature and being a happy efficient tester!


Anna Russo
Application Lifecycle Management Consultant

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

VS 2013 is now available for download!

Downloading now and I will let you know more details soon...




Monday, April 1, 2013

TFS Admin Reports delivered to your inbox daily

I came across a TFS cube error while troubleshooting another issue that was reported to me.  Now if every TFS Admin had the TFS Admin Reports emailed to them daily, then they would have seen the cube status error and responded accordingly.

It's really easy to setup Reporting Services to automatically email you the TFS Admin reports so that you are proactively managing the TFS server.

  1. Navigate to Microsoft SQL Server > Configuration Tools > Reporting Services Configuration Manager
  2. Fill out the Sender Address and SMTP Server
  3. Go to the each one of the TFS Admin Reports and select Subscribe
  4. Enter your email address and time of day you would like to have your report emailed.
  5. The TFS Admin Reports will be emailed to you (now if you set up an Outlook rule and ignore these emails, it kinda defeats the purpose of proactively managing the TFS server, just saying)
BTW, this also works for any of your other TFS SSRS reports that you would like automatically emailed out .

Anna Russo
Application Lifecycle Management Consultant


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Web Test Management & Runner coming to a browser near you

The most exciting part of the ALM Summit was when Brian Harry announced that they were releasing Web Test Management and Runner.  It was a great moment when the audience clapped for joy!!

This is currently in CTP(Consumer Test Preview) for TFS 2012, but here's the sneak peak.  Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the genius simplicity to connect to a web based app and get some serious work done.







The Test Plan and Test Run menus are co-located - this is what super tester's need to be efficient!




Double-click to edit the Test Case work item or right mouse click to Open Test Case.




















The Test Runner displays all actions/expected results so that you can execute and Pass/Fail test steps.























I love that the Test Runner automatically uses my test steps to create the bug and also indicates the failure point in red (for those developers who don't read thru the entire bug - you know who you are).  Just enter a Title, Assign it to a developer to fix it, select Severity and Save.


































Take a look at all the testing that has been completed and give yourself a pat on the back!










Stay tuned more to come!


Anna Russo
Application Lifecycle Management Consultant


Monday, January 21, 2013

NEW TFS Tester Power Tool - Auto Create Test Cases from PBI Acceptance Criteria

Happy New Year everyone! I really can't think of better way to ring in the new year than with another tool to help MTM testers Auto Create Test Cases from PBI Acceptance Criteria(ok maybe there are some other ways, but another year passes and it's still so hard not to think like a geek).

TFS users put a lot of great information in the Acceptance Criteria field of the Product Backlog Item to ensure that the PBI meets a certain level of quality.  Usually tester's then create test cases manually(boo!) so that they can report on the testing of that PBI.  Well that's all until today, because now there is a tool that auto creates test cases efficiently so that you can spend more time on the most valuable activity - TESTING!

I am releasing this as a Beta here TFS Tester Power Tool - Auto Create Test Cases from Acceptance Criteria, because I would like to hear what you think and any improvements that could be made drop me a line in the comments.

Here's how it works:



  1. Click on Connect to TFS Team Project
  2. Select Project Collection and Team Project
  3. Find Query (e.g. "PBI Sprint 1")
  4. Double-click to Run Query 
  5. The Query Results of PBI's will be displayed on the right
  6. Enter Delimiter (e.g. "-").  The delimiter is used to separate the acceptance criteria and create multiple test cases.
  7. Click on Create Test Cases and wait for the AnnaBots, I mean tool to do all the hard work for you.
  8. Viola test cases were automatically created and linked to the PBI!
  9. The resulting test case looks like this with the Acceptance Criteria in the Title and Expected Result field and the PBI in the Action.
  10. The resulting PBI has the 2 test cases automatically linked.
Enjoy!


Anna Russo
Application Lifecycle Management Consultant