MSF Agile (beta)

If You have seen the Team System (TS) before, probably You have noted the MSF Agile process guidance, but if not – it is worth looking at it. You can download it here.

Personally, I found it pretty nice presented collection of artefacts and process descriptions for agile projects.

Virtual PC: Differencing disks and compression

It is a year since I am using Virtual PC, but I think I should finally start reading the Help, because I missed so many nice features like: differencing disks, virtual hard disk compression.

With differential hard disks You can create a base image, like Windows 2003 OS and create additional images that will contain only the changes. It seems that it is possible to chain the diff disks or in other words it is possible to create base OS image, then install SQL Server on a diff machine, then on top of that – Visual Studio if You like.

I have tryed to use diff disks on my notebook. Well what I can say:

  • The diff disks are just a bit smaller than the full version
  • If HDD is slower (like notebooks usually have) reading from two files impacts performance a bit
  • Read only diff disks (like Domain controllers, which are used for storing accounts) can be compressed using NTFS compression features. In my case 1.5 GB diff disk was compressed into 60MB file on disk, which is amazing then.

BizTalk Server 2004 Health Monitor Windows Service

Health and activity tracking is good tool, because You can see how the messages and orchestrations are doing their work. It is extremelly good, but maybe it is not that comfortable for the daily operations.

Yeat another tool is available: BizTalk Server 2004 Health Monitor Windows Service

Does only basic task – checks for messages older than specified SLA level. This tool may be not suitable in all cases, because You may have different types of processes with very long transactions and the short ones. But this sample can be a good startup for simple monitoring tool.

Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 Available

Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is available for the MSDN subscriber downloads. There You can find these items.

  • Visual SourceSafe 2005 Beta 2 (English)
  • Visual Studio 2005 Standard Beta 2 (English) 
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition Test Load Agent Beta 2 (English) 
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Beta 2 (English) 
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite Beta 2 (English)