A reliable and reproducible environment is crucial to fully test and debug complex software applications. You will need to integrate TFS build script and reports,
deployment code, Visual Test automation for UI and test execution results into a single homogenous environment that may even span multiple machines such as web server,
data base machine and middle tier machines. Provisioning such an environment on a daily basis for build and test is often complex and labor intensive.
This is where the availability of virtual machines makes a world of difference since you can capture the desired build and deployment machines in a virtual environment
and easily repeat and even automate these arduous tasks. You can establish baseline snapshots for both the build artifacts and the target machines, and keep reverting
to particular known state snapshots as needed, even for the purpose of reproducing defects that only happen under rare conditions. But all of that takes skills, commitment
for quality, mastery of state-of-the-art tools such as Virtual Lab Manager as well as understanding of the development cycle and process.
The IDesign experts will help you get there at a fraction of the cost and time it would take you otherwise. We will also estimate the numbers and types of physical servers,
virtual machines and Test Controllers that will be needed for getting the most out of Visual Studio Lab Management. We will not only instruct your team on how to design
and setup purely virtual or physical-virtual hybrid lab for building and testing, we will also train them on the tools and how to maintain such environments. IDesign will
ensure the proper use of the automatic Build-Deploy-Test cycle in Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management to best emulate a production-like systems, and we will show how to have
the test results indicate it’s time for moving into production processing. When designing such a lab environment we look beyond the technology, striving to create in place
a synergy between the operations team, the development and testing teams. Our Lab Design service, along with our templates, tools, best practices, checklists and process
will help your company to accelerate the development cycle while significantly reduce the associated costs.
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