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  1. Show parent work item when listing work items in MTM

    When Assinging a build to a plan (Track - Assing build or recommend tests)
    You get a list of associated work item (if the team is associating WI to changesets)

    It would usefull to see the parent work item in the list as often we are more interested in the associated ser story or PBI.

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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow adding sub suits to a requirement based suit.

      After adding a requirement based suit to the test plan tree, you can't add any sub suits.

      When you have many test cases, sometimes you want to split them into sub categories..

      Today you must do it using only regular suits, which force you to link the tests to the PBI manually.

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        3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Painless Environment Setups in Lab Mgmt

        Today to add a new environment can take weeks to setup, let alone prep for builds. This whole process needs to be simplified.

        1. Install of VM Lab components should be done by 1 installer, not 3.
        2. VM Test machines should have their own best practice analyzers to check for problems
        3. Creating automated builds should be easier by...
        3a. Providing common template scripts for the most basic tasks such as deploy web site, backup database, etc.
        3b. Need a better way to supply .config file changes per environment at this level.
        4. It would be nice to see…

        34 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for helping us by making improvement suggestions for Lab Management! Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 should address #1 and #2 on your list. I’m interested in hearing more about what you think in #3, #4, and #5. (I’ll reach out to you shortly.)

          Let us know what you think after kicking the tires of the 2012 release.

          There’s not really a good way for me to split each of these into separate User Voice items but I’ll mark the whole item as started since we haven’t released the Visual Studio 2012 family just yet.

          Ed Blankenship, Program Manager, Lab Management – Visual Studio ALM

        • Make a new test attribute to mark a test to run in parallel

          Define a new test attribute or extend the TestMethod/TestClass with a property to indicate the the particular test method or all the test methods in the test class can run in parallel we the other, because the are completely thread safe; in this way is possible to use all core to run more efficiently the tests.

          33 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • support running coded ui tests as 64-bit process

            Coded UI tests should be able to run as 64-bit process.

            32 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Coded UI can discover the color/backgroundColor of the controls in WPF

              We can´t valite business rules involving a color change in the UI. Ex, if the balance is negative, the color of textbox where you see the balance is red.

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                2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Share Environments between projects

                At the moment lab environments belong to one project. We need to test under several different operating systems and we have several projects. At the moment instead of creating a clean install of each OS to use as a base line for all projects you need to have one environment per OS for each Project. This quickly consumes space let alone the time needed to set up all projects

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                  1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Monitoring UNIX in load tests

                  Add support for monitoring UNIX server resources in load tests. Perhaps pull counters from NMON similar to how perfmon is accessed in Windows

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                    1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add third interface for Coded UI

                    At the moment Coded UI runs off of the MSAA & UIA interfaces. These interfaces are extremely difficult to implement and are causing a lot of grief as well as driving users to other tools. Can we have a third interface that's easier to implement and interface.

                    30 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Reduce the time it takes to deploy virtual environments

                      Could a delta of the VHD (virtual hard disk) be created when deploying the virtual machine in the Lab Management tool instead of creating a full copy of the VHD? This would do two things: 1) greatly speed up the time that it takes to deploy the virtual environments 2) reduce the amount of SAN storage that is needed to support Lab Management.

                      29 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        There are two ways in which this can be done – (a) Use differencing disks for VHDs or (b) Use SAN’s capabilities to do rapid cloning of LUNs. The first one is too complex to manage across a large number of hosts. Furthermore SCVMM (possibly next version as well) does not support this. The second option is where we think this idea might see light. As we make more progress, we will know whether this is feasible, and what infrastructure requirements this would impose. Thanks for the suggestion.

                        Vijay Machiraju – Principal Program Manager, Visual Studio Test and Lab Management

                      • Make Visual Studio web and load test easier to create and analyse

                        Creating tests.

                        Want to have multiple load tests that monitor the same set of other computers and record the same counter sets. Would like to be able to add or modify computers and counter sets in one place and have all the load tests use the new settings.

                        The window for managing load test results should be accessible from the main Visual Studio menus. At present it is only available by context menu or icons that are only shown with an open load test.

                        Import, export and removal of load test results. These operations can take a long time. They…

                        29 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please provide the option to manage test results after running the Coded UI tests.. Ex: Exporting test results to excel

                          Should provide an option to export the test results after running the coded UI tests showing which tests failed, exceptions...etc

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                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add Repro Steps when i Create Test Case in Exploratory Testing.

                            When I create a Test Case during Exploratory Testing I want the same Repro Steps list as when i crate a Bug.

                            The steps list in the Test case is very often not very interpretable in to meaningfull actions, the Repro Steps, with thumb nails and images, will help me when refining the steps list in the Test Case.

                            27 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • MTM Code coverage for WPF applications

                              Code coverage from MTM has been added for ASP.NET applications with Update 1. Code coverage from MTM for WPF applications is missing. Please provide Support.

                              26 votes
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                              • Provide performance analysis (profiling) of Coded UI tests

                                It would be usefu to perform performance analyses of Coded UI tests. I have a Coded UI test that runs very slowly and I wold like to try some performance analysis or code profiling to find the bottlenecks.

                                The Performance Wizard says "No launchable projects available to profile in the current solution" and it asks for an executable or URL (for ASP.NET or JavaScript). There are none of these in the folders of my Coded UI project. I tried giving the Wizard the DLL but that leads to a popup saying "You must provide at least one launch binary".

                                How…

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                                • RegularExpression in SearchProperties

                                  Hi!

                                  I write an example which shows what i mean.
                                  I would like to find a window which has got a title with dynamic content.
                                  For example the next titles are the possible cases:
                                  1. "AAAAAAAA This is a window title ASDASDASD and this is the end"
                                  2. "BBBBBBBB This is a window title WSDWSDWSD and this is the end too"
                                  3. "CCCCCCCC This is a window title ASDASDASD and this is the end or not"
                                  4. "........ This is a window title ASDASDASD"

                                  I would like to find the 2. title.
                                  If i could use regex, i use the…

                                  24 votes
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                                  • Support Test Inheritance for base classes in different assemblies

                                    Visual studio test does not detect tests defined in an abstract base class of a separate assembly.

                                    This was supposedly fixed in Visual Studio 2010 (though several users claim it wasn't even fixed then), but is definitely still a problem with visual studio 2012 update 4.

                                    See: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/466528/visual-studio-test-mstest-and-lack-of-inheritance-support-for-base-classes-that-resides-in-different-assemblies

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                                      2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow MTM to record assertions

                                      QA can currently record actions that can be made into Coded UI tests.

                                      But they can't record "assertions".

                                      This seems odd because they are visually asserting already.

                                      The assertion dialog for MTM could be much simpler than in Visual Studio. 99% of all assertions come from the "Display Value" field. Just make that the only one that MTM uses.

                                      This allows the QA role to create much better actions that can then translate into Coded UI tests.

                                      24 votes
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                                      • Allow to save tests runs and restore crashed ones - Visual Studio Test Explorer

                                        Save the last run in a temporary location and been able to loaded at any time. Been working with Visual Studio Test 2010 and this always been a problem, now with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 I'm getting random crashes at the middle of my work, is becoming annoying and a wastes of time, every-time Visual Studio crashes or become unresponsive I have to rerun the whole regression ( > 1000 test, ~2 hours to complete)

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                                        • Allow creating unit test playlists that include entire classes instead of only individual test methods

                                          Right now the "unit test playlists" feature (added in VS2012.2) lets you create a list of individual tests (i.e. methods) to be run. However, we are adding new methods every day, which means the playlists would constantly need to be updated.

                                          It would be great if I could add an entire test class to a playlist, rather than only individual test methods.

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