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My name is Ameya Bhatawdekar. I am a program manager in the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server team.

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    Channel 9 videos on VSTS 2010 and Business Alignment

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    A bunch of videos on VSTS 2010 and Business Alignment went live today. Here are the links to those videos: - Achieving Business Alignment with Visual Studio Team System 2010 - Agile Planning Templates in Visual Studio Team System 2010 - Enterprise...
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    Channel9 videos on VSTS 2010

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    Brian Keller ( http://blogs.msdn.com/briankel/ ) has been posting a bunch of Visual Studio Team System 2010 videos on Channel 9 ( http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/VisualStudio/Visual-Studio-Team-System-2010-Week-on-Channel-9/ ). See Brian's post ( http...
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    Seattle Visual Studio Team System Users Group

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    The Seattle Team System Users Group meets on the last Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held on the Microsoft Main campus, usually in building 118. Usually the meeting format is a presentation by a subject matter expert on a VSTS feature area...
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    TFS - PS Connector updated to work with TFS 2008

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    Lenny has posted an update to the CodePlex TFS-PS connector . The connector now works with TFS 2008. Ideally, the connector should have worked with TFS 2008 right from the start. However, a change was made to the GetProjectProperties method in TFS 2008...
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    SSDS - SQL Server Data Services

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    The SSDS or SQL Server Data Services program was recently announced - http://www.microsoft.com/sql/dataservices/default.mspx . SSDS is basically a set of web services that provide a database in the clouds. This is great news for folks building and hosting...
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    Project Server or Team Foundation Server? Project Server AND Team Foundation Server!

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    I have heard this question a number of times now - "Should our team/unit/company use Team Foundation Server or Project Server for managing our IT projects?". My answer is that it is usually not an Either-Or proposition. The two solutions are...
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    Custom Taskbars in Vista and XP

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    I didn't know till very recently that XP, Vista supported custom taskbars, in addition to the main taskbar  - the one with the "Start" button. This is a pretty cool, relatively unknown (at least I didn't know about it till now - and XPs...
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    Demo - tutorial 2: Building TFS reports using Excel and Excel Services

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    Here's another demo from the same reporting talk I presented sometime last year (video #1 available here ). This demo shows building TFS reports in Excel that go against the TFSWarehouse Cube. Excel 2007 had some great features that make building such...
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    Demo - tutorial: Building a TFS report using Report Designer

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    I gave a talk to an internal team sometime last year on building TFS reports. The talk was recorded and I rediscovered that video a few days ago. I did a couple of report-building demos during the talk. Here's one of them:    
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    OranTech Project Party

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    Technorati Tags: Project Server , Connector , OranTech , ProjectParty This week I met the team from OranTech and saw a demo of their ProjectParty solution. ProjectParty connects Project Server 2007 and with Team Foundation Server 2005.  It synchronizes...
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    How much time does my project team really have?

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    I think one of the greatest challenges for a project manager is to have a realistic view of how much time team members can really spend on their scheduled tasks. Unplanned activities can put a big dent in projects leading to all sorts of fire fighting;...
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    Understanding the TFS cube

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    Jimmy's first blog post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/teams_wit_tools/archive/2007/04/30/understanding-the-tfs-cube.aspx ) on the Team blog explains the structure of the TFS cube! He covers four perspectives* in great detail. *"Perspectives" is a great feature...
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    Team Foundation Server Reporting and Visio

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    Visio 2007 has some very cool new reporting features. I'm very excited about the the PivotDiagram features in particular. PivotDigrams can be used to slice and dice data just like Pivot Tables in Excel. Here's an example of a Visio report that shows the...
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    A cool report authoring tool

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    In V1, the primary report authoring options are 1/ write SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports using Visual Studio Report Designer (part of the Business Intelligence Studio – or BIDS) 2/use Excel to connect to the cubes and build reports. Users...
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    Tell us what you think about reporting in TFS

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    Reporting is a very powerful feature in TFS. It has a lot of capabilities and can provide some very deep and meaningful insights across the development lifecycle. But, some of our customers aren't using the reporting system to its fullest potential. ...
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    Visual Studio Team System Chat - Wed, Nov 8th

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    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the latest Community...
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    Project Server 2003 and Visual Studio Team System 2005 connector available!

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    A year ago I posted a sample application on GotDotNet to illustrate how Project Server and Visual Studio Team System can share data. The solution source code was accompanied by a detailed white paper that documented the architecture, design and the implementation...
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    2.0 - Project 2 VSTS

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    It's been a while since my last post. A short period after I started this blog, an opportunity to work with the Visual Studio Team System team presented itself - and I grabbed it! So, this blog's going to change from "Programming with Project" to "Team...
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    PSI fundamentals

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    The PSI is a set of web services. They provide a programmatic interface to the Project Server data and functionality. Here’s a high level schematic of the PSI architecture: The server architecture is layered, the PWA tier being the presentation tier...
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    Project 2007 - A development platform

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    I am a program manager on the Project team. I work on server and client programmability features such as the new web services API (called the Project Server Interface or PSI), server side events and the client VBA object model. We have made some great...
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