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Project Description

This project delivers practical guidance for the implementation of a virtual machine factory with the intent of creating variations of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server VM images. We guide you through the process of setting up a VM Factory and customizing it.

Bookmark the Virtual Machine Factory TOC blog and monitor the Visual Studio ALM Rangers blog, using tag TFSVM, for the latest information on this project.

Visual Studio ALM Rangers

This guidance is created by the Visual Studio ALM Rangers, who have the mission to provide out of band solutions for missing features and/or guidance. This content was created with support from Microsoft Product Group, members of Microsoft Services, Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) and technical specialists from technology communities around the globe, giving you a real-world view from the field, where the technology has been tested and used.

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What is included in the downloads?

The solution is divided in separate packages to give you the choice of selective downloads. The default download is the first of the listed packages:

  • Guidance contains practical guidance and frequently asked questions.
  • VM Factory base package includes all files necessary to turn a new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit deployment share into a VM Factory deployment share

Future (Planned)

This BETA release contains only one sequence for building a Visual Studio + TFS all-up image based on Windows Server 2008 R2. We would like to hear your feedback on any addition sequences and products that should be included. Things that we are thinking about:

  • Lab Management sequence that builds an all-up image for Lab Management.
  • Extra tools such as the Team Foundation Power Tools, etc.

External References



Ashish Mehndi, Bijan Javidi, Bill Essary, Enrico Antonacci, Hosam Kamel, Kris Lankford, Manuel Boendel, Paul Meyer, Ramon Aldana Borjes, Rui Melo, Willy-Peter Schaub

How to submit new ideas?

The recommended method is to post ideas to the Discussion Page or to contact the Rangers at


Post comments on the Discussion Page.


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