Want to customize the Microsoft Test Manager UI?

Have you ever wondered if you could customize the UI for Microsoft Test Manager? The answer is yep, you sure can. For instance, on the Test Plan screen, simply right click on the column headings and a list of all fields that are part of a test case will pop up, as shown below.  You can add or remove fields, simply by clicking on each field’s name. See image below.

changing the columns displayed on the form. . .

Also, the test cases can also be grouped by left clicking on a column heading and dragging it to the “Drag a column header here to group by that column” section of the UI. In the screen image below, I’ve grouped them by Title, then by Priority. I’ve highlighted the grouping section in red, below.

grouping test cases by particular fields. . .


Kicking the tires of VS 2010, TFS 2010 and Test Professional 2010

If you’d like to kick the tires a while, Brian Keller has created a very nice virtual machine complete with a sample application, data, and some hands-on labs. Here’s a link to his blog post announcing its availability: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/briankel/archive/2010/06/25/now-available-visual-studio-2010-rtm-virtual-machine-with-sample-data-and-hands-on-labs.aspx

The VM comes in a number of “flavors.”  There’s one for Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows [7] Virtual PC.

The VM has VS 2010, Test Professional 2010, Team Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint 2010, SQL Server 2008, etc., installed. Brian has created a number of hands-on labs and demo scenarios that will walk you through various aspects of the 2010 product line, including:

  • planning your projects with TFS 2010
  • using the Architecture Explorer in VS 2010 Ultimate to analyze your code
  • understanding class coupling with VS 2010 Ultimate
  • an introduction to test case management with Microsoft Test Manager 2010
  • an introduction to Coded UI tests with VS 2010 Ultimate
  • debugging with IntelliTrace using VS 2010 Ultimate
  • code discovery using the Architecture tools in VS 2010 Ultimate
  • authoring and running manual tests using Microsoft Test Manager 2010
  • branching and merging visualization using TFS 2010

It’s quite a list of goodies, eh?

There isn’t a web load test scenario included in the hands-on lab docs, but here are some links that explain how you would create web performance tests and load tests, including a couple of walkthroughs:


SnowstormLife will be back in a few moments. . .

I just signed up with another hosting company last night: DiscountASP.net.

I updated all the DNS entries for SnowstormLife then downloaded the text from all the old posts from the CommunityServer database I was using. I’m going to write a little blog engine for the new location and start putting the old posts online over there. (DiscountASP.net has Windows Server 2008, IIS 7, .NET 4, and SQL 2008. Nice!)

In the meantime, WordPress will do just fine for new posts.

Resources for Microsoft’s ALM solution

Hey, if you don’t want to read this post, just watch the video. . .



If you’re looking for information about any of Microsoft’s application development stack, your one-stop shop is this page: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/aa937802.aspx. It’s chocked full of links to anything you’re thinking about.


For instance, the Application LifeCycle Management link takes you to the ALM development center, which has How Do I content Essential Downloads links, links to Documentation and Training, Videos, and more.


So if you have questions about Team Foundation Server 2010 administration, you can click through to Administering Team Foundation on the MSDN Library site. That’s where you’ll find information on:

  • Understanding Administrative Concepts and Tools
  • Managing the Server Configuration
  • Configuring Users, Groups, and Permissions
  • Backing up and Restoring Your Deployment
  • and so on…


Sound like I’m trying to sell you something? Maybe. But it’s really high quality stuff. All there for you to take advantage of. 

Surf to your heart’s content. . .

Back to WordPress

My old hosting provider, the one that I’ve been using for years, has finally made me reach the tipping point. For good this time.

They’ve somehow managed to trash my blog engine so that I cannot post any new or updates to my blog entries.

And they’ve changed the control panel so that I can’t control the permissions for file access on my website (SnowstormLife.com).

So, goodbye WebHost4Life.com. Hello WordPress. Thanks for taking me back.