Adam Singer

Veni, vidi, expertus sum- I came, I saw, I tested

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  • Blog Post: Ventriloquism: TFS Style

    Quite a long time back, Buck posted about how to recover from the situation where one TFS machine is created as a clone from another. This can lead to clients still showing the project list for one server when the connect to the second. Based on a recent Visual Studio Team System forums question (they...
  • Blog Post: Edifice Reqs II: The SQL

    Back in March, I posted about the requirements for TFS installation. I promised to post about "SQL Server and it's Various Components", but have been tied up with the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 like a Thanksgiving turkey (only not quite as delicious). In any case, I'm back from outer space. I just blogged...
  • Blog Post: My service is packed, I'm ready to go

    ...installing here, upgrade once more (Adapted from "Leaving on a Jet Plane") A post on the Visual Studio Team System forums reminded me of one very important tidbit of Visual Studio patching. The integration of Team Foundation Server with Visual Studio enables all sorts of marvelous functionality...
  • Blog Post: Edifice Reqs

    I'd like to tip my hat to the father of a guy I worked with as a camp counselor one summer long ago for the post title. He owned a demolition company called " Edifice Wrecks ". In our last episode , I described the OSes that the various Team Foundation features support. This time, I'd like to cover...
  • Blog Post: Pre[ranasaurus] Reqs: The OSic Era

    I've seen a bunch of questions over time about what it takes to get Team Foundation Server (TFS) components installed. Because it varies by component, the answer is usually rather lengthy and takes long enough to fully describe that eyes start glazing over, heads start nodding, and the utility of the...
  • Blog Post: License to Nil

    As a follow up to my explication on the various TFS Editions and a few thread I saw on the Visual Studio Team System forums (including Upgrading TFS 2008 Workgroup to Std. Edition - then TF50626 ), I'd like to point out something about the upgrade from Workgroup Edition to Full Edition. When you're...
  • Blog Post: Supercalifragilisticexpialidociou-dition

    With Team Foundation 2008 generally available, I've seen a bit of confusion over the various Editions offered. Of course, there's still a bit of confusion over how " Workgroup Edition " relates to workgroup networks, but there's also some missing clarity around the upgrade paths, the restrictions, etc...
  • Blog Post: Absence makes the install grow fonder

    As I mentioned in a previous post, our program manager Sudhir is blogging up a storm on all the great new features in Orcas, including remote Analysis Services and Sharepoint. You can also use pre-installed and configured Sharepoint instances, if your company already has one set up. Brian Harry recently...
  • Blog Post: Great news!

    I'm still alive! Yes, I know you all agree that's great news. At least, I think it's great news so will classify it as such here in my blog. First, a bit of business: Come chat with the Visual Studio Team System product team – This Wednesday Join members of the Visual Studio Team System...
  • Blog Post: He who permissions least, permissions best

    I've heard a few questions and comments about our permission model recently. For example, some folks have asked why user in two groups, one granted a permission and one denied the same permission, is denied the permission rather than granted it. The answer lies in our permissioning model. Lets first...
  • Blog Post: Can you direct me to Directory Services?

    As with many of my other Administration and Operations posts, this one stems from posts I've seen on the Visual Studio Team System forums . I've read a number of questions where people are having trouble granting their Active Directory users access to their Team Foundation Server. What I've found is...
  • Blog Post: Random Acts of Group-ness

    Following up from my last post " 'Grep'ing Groups " and this question on the forums, here's a bit of code that will help you add a user to multiple groups across all projects on your server. Say you want to add someone with the domain account "CORPNET\JoeBlogs" to the "Readers" group for all your projects...
  • Blog Post: 'Grep'ing Groups

    Man have I been busy. What have I been busy doing? Well, see there's.... actually, I'll let Brian explan as he's already done such an eloquent job at it, with some neat charts and graphs, too. I mentioned in my last post that I have some code that will help you find built-in groups. It's actually...
  • Blog Post: Living Large

    As Brian points out, there are some new Orcas specifications available for TFS. I've been working on the Large Group Sync crew for some time, and am very proud of the end result. What used to wind up as a support call can instead be managed by your Team Foundation administrator. While the whole system...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Green is made of People!

    So you want to run Team Foundation Server , but don't have the physical machine resources. You think- 'hey, isn't Virtual Server a free download now?' You're right! And what's best, TFS works just fine in a Virtual Server. Having done quite a bit of testing against servers set up in virtual machines...
  • Blog Post: To project and serve

    I'm doing a lot of work around the Group Security Subsystem (or Group Security Service, depending who you ask), also known as "GSS". GSS manages the basic permissions for all of Team Foundation Server. GSS comprises both a permissions model (allow/deny) and a group heirarchy. External users and groups...
  • Blog Post: Get your users for nothin' and your sync for free

    Many folks have written on the forums about trouble getting new users to access Team Foundation Server. There are a few things that are important to know here. The first is that we actually cache external identities in our databases so there can be a delay while we sync the external data and then populate...
  • Blog Post: More Admin Than Admin (part deux)

    As I mentioned last time , we have a tool to help you out if all of the people in your Team Foundation Administrators group are hiding out in an undisclosed location and you urgently need to perform some administration on your Team Foundation Server. The tool, perhaps unsurprisingly, is "setup.exe...
  • Blog Post: More Admin Than Admin (part 1)

    As Chris mentions , he and I are the shiny new test team for Admin & Ops in Team Foundation. First let me reiterate- we'd love you to join us . We've spent the past month or so wrapping up tests to make them (1) more robust to all manner of crazy configurations and (2) easily transferable to whoever...
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