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Adding a build agent to TFS 2015

I was shocked how simple we can create and attach a new build agent to TFS 2015. There are only a few simple and small steps that we need to do.
The new build system that comes with TFS 2015 and Visual Studio Team Services (Visual Studio Online) is not using anymore the old and classic XAML build definition. The new one allows you to define the build as a flow of events where you can specify at each step what do you want to happen. This is done easily  directly from the web portal.

If you need to create or add a new build agent to your TFS 2015 infrastructure, than you will be shocked how easily this can be done.
First step is to download from the "Agent Pools" tab the agent.
Once you done this step, you will need to run the executable on the machine that will become the new Build Agent. I recommend to run the executable file from a command prompt and provide all the information that are required. You only need to know the TFS 2015 address and to have access to TFS as "Agent Pool Service Account".
And we are done!

You will find out that you cannot run the build directly. This will happen because you will need to install the application that are needed by your build (msbuild, visualstudio, vstest). The error that is displayed when you didn't install all that you need looks like the one below.
"No agent found in pool 1 which satisfies the specified demands"

Don't worry. The installation of all this dependencies is smooth and you don't need to do any kind of custom confirmation.

A good MSDN starting point: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/Library/vs/alm/Build/agents/admin?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

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