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We highly recommend that you use the Microsoft Hands-on-Labs center to run the VM - You do not require a high configuration machine or have to download and setup the machine. Simply access them from a browser of your choice.

If you prefer to download the VM instead, please see the instructions below.

Release Notes 2017 (Winter Update)

The 2017 (Winter Update) includes Microsoft Visual Studio ALM VM and the accompanying hands-on-labs updated to Visual Studio 2017 (15.5) and Team Foundation Server 2018.The virtual machine contains the following pre-configured software:

  1. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Evaluation

  2. Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2017 (15.5)

  3. Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2018

  4. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)

  5. Microsoft SQL Server Standard 2016

  6. Sample users and data required to support hands-on-lab scripts which accompany this download.

Downloading the VM

The size of the download is about 18 GB. It is recommended that you use a download manager like Free download manager or Download Accelerator Plus.

These utility provide:

  • Multiple simultaneous download streams for (usually) a much faster download experience.

  • Auto-resume support for interrupted downloads

Using Free download manager

  • Download and install Free download manager if you currently do not have one installed
  • Open and select all the download URLs from the text file. Press CTRL+C to copy the selected URLs to clipboard.
  • Select Menu - Paste URLs from clipboard
  • When the download is complete, double-click the .exe file to self-extract the RAR files to a folder
  • Read the “ Working with the …” document to start using the VM

    There are quite a number of important instructions on how to use the VM including activating the VM, taking snapshots/check points, etc., documented. We highly recommend that you read through the Working with the Visual Studio 2017 (Winter Update) ALM Virtual Machine document prior to using the VM, even if you may have used the earlier version of the VM.

    Note that The VM has about 15 GB of free hard disk space. Should you want to increase the size of the disk, you will need to do so before creating snapshots/check points. You can refer this article on TechNet for instructions on expanding the virtual hard disk.

Previous Versions

If you wish to download the previous versions of the Visual Studio ALM VM - here are the links: