VSTS Release tasks "Run Test" deprecated - replacement? RRS feed

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  • Hello,

    I'm using VSTS and I am currently running coded UI Tests during my release. But the used release tasks "Deploy Testagent" and "Run Tests" are marked as "DEPRECATED". As a replacement, the task "VsTest" is suggested.

    But if I didn't miss something, this is no real replacement, because it cannot do the same thing.

    Currently, I'm doing the following in my release definition:

    • Restoring a VM
    • Copy artefacts to this VM
    • Deploy TestAgent
    • Run Tests

    So, this means the actual test is running on a VM, not the build agent. So, there's no VS installed on that VM, it is not even in the domain. And it gets restored to a snapshot every time, so we can be sure the test always finds the same defind environment.

    But if I understand the new "VsTest" task correctly, it cannot handle runnning on a dedicated testing VM. Instead, it expects to run on the build agent, with the full set of VS installed. 

    Or, I would have to install the agent on my testing VM's. But then I would have to find a new way of restoring the snapsot, as the agent cannot restore itself. And I would have ot install (and maintain) VS or try the "VsTest Platform installer" task preview. 

    I gave this last idea a quick spin, but "VsTest" always has an invalid search folder (looks like a path from the build agent), hence it cannot find the test assemblies. So, it does not work...

    • Has anyone more detaild information on how this "VsTest" task can be used in similar way then the deprecated "Run tests" task?
    • Did anyone manage to get the "VsTest" task working on a dedicated "build" agent, nit used for builds but just for tests?

    Any help appreciated,


    Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:24 AM

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  • Hi Sebastian,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    Refer to your description, your issue is about the TFS. As far as I know, it is better to use your previous way and you can also redirect to this appropriate forum: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/tfs to start a new thread with ‘tfs’ tag for a more professional support, thank you for your understanding.

    Best regards,


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    Thursday, February 8, 2018 6:23 AM