Project Description

This project delivers research whitepapers and practical guidance for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, which have and are being created as part and in support of ALM Ranger solutions.


Topic Areas covered to date

Team Foundation Service whitepapers Downloads  
TechnicalDebt Research paper(s) Downloads  

NOTE 1: The Security auditing whitepaper and sample code is available but will not be released publically as the sample may have performance implications and is not supported by Microsoft. If you need information on the auditing research, please contact the ALM Rangers.

Extracting effective permissions from TFS whitepaper and samples Downloads  
Security Auditing whitepaper and samples Note *1  
Supporting code samples Downloads  
Supporting media Downloads  
Quick Response sample solutions Downloads Overview
Understanding TFS migrations from on-premises to Visual Studio Online Downloads  

ALM Rangers personas and customerprofiles
ALM Rangers personas and customer profiles Downloads    
ALM Readiness treasure map Downloads Overview image6
ALM Rangers Ruck Process (see vsAsm4Dvpt instead) Downloads Overview  

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?

Each focus area has a download package, which typically contains one or more PDFs.


Aaron Bjork, Anisha Pindoria, Bijan Javidi, Brian Blackman, Caroline Williams, Dave Crook,  Erwyn van der Meer , Esteban Garcia, Ethem Azun, Fabio Stawinski, Hosam Kamel, Jelle Druyts, Mario Contreras, Mario Rodriguez, Mattias Sköld, Michael Fourie, Micheal Learned, Michel Perfetti, Oliver Hilgers, Robert Bernstein, Robert MacLean, Shawn Cicoria, Tim Omta, Tim Star, Tina Erwee, Tomas Scott, Vladimir Gusarov, Willy-Peter Schaub

How to submit new ideas?

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


Post comments on the Discussions Page.


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