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  • Blog Post: Installing the TFS Process Template Editor

    After an extended absence, I returned to hacking customising TFS Process Templates today. Last time I dabbled in this space, the Process Template Editor was a standalone application. It's now part of the excellent Team Foundation Power Tool. One problem... I installed the Power Tool and couldn't find...
  • Blog Post: First Canberra VSTS User Group Meeting

    We had a great turnout this morning. Thanks to everyone that attended. If you haven't had enough of me, attached is my slide deck (as an mht file) on "Migrating VS2003 Users to TFS Source Control". For those that couldn't make it, this outlines some of the experiences I had on a recent migration project...
  • Blog Post: Renaming/Nuking TFS Fields

    Last week I found myself creating a custom work item and needed to add a few new fields to TFS. That wasn't anything special in itself, but when I decided to change the names of my new fields (I'm blonde after all), things became more interesting. It turns out that TFS can only have one field for a specific...
  • Blog Post: Canberra VSTS User Group

    Just in case you missed it... Check out Nils' blog . It looks like I'm going to be one of the first bunnies to present. Hmmmm, where to start? I think Grant and I should be able to come up with something from our recent migration gig. We're 2.5 months on from going live now, so we've got a pretty...
  • Blog Post: So do you need a development environment for TFS?

    One of the great things about TFS is that you can place the "crown jewels" of your development activities in a single safe location. The consequence for me is that I'm somewhat paranoid about using a production TFS installation for TFS R&D activities. For example, should I install a process template...
  • Blog Post: So how do you find time to manage TFS?

    TFS is a large product. Not a day goes by for me without discovering something new. With this size and complexity comes the potential for a significant administrative burden. Create a team project here, assign some permissions there, and the poor TFS administrator will be run off their feet. Sound familiar...
  • Blog Post: The Road to TFS - Experience from the Field (Part 3)

    So one week on, how did it pan out? In short, not bad... not bad at all. We had about 100 users come on board on Day 1. We saw a reasonable amount of load on the TFS servers for about 4 hours, as users populated their workspaces. After that (and subsequent days), things tapered off quite nicely. We...
  • Blog Post: The Road to TFS - Experience from the Field (Part 2)

    This is a follow-up to my last post where I'll talk about the highlights and lowlights of our TFS deployment project. So how were the requirements met? Yes, we used VSSConverter. It turns out that that it's quite a resilient tool. We managed to import over 162,000 files with their respective...
  • Blog Post: The Road to TFS - Experience from the Field (Part 1)

    In this post, I'll outline the TFS deployment project I've been working on over the last 2 months (as part of a dedicated team). Future posts will cover some of the bumps we've run into along the way. Here's the story... The source for one of my customer's major applications lives in a single SourceSafe...
  • Blog Post: Refocusing “Remaining Work” on Your TFS Project Portal (Part 2)

    In my last post, I showed how to construct a URL to get the TFS “Remaining Work” report to target a specific project iteration. Now, let’s have a shot at using this on a project portal. The good news is that you don’t need anything special for this. As a Site Administrator, open up the project...
  • Blog Post: Refocusing “Remaining Work” on Your TFS Project Portal (Part 1)

    One of the neat things about the “default” project portal is the “Remaining Work” graph. At a glance it can give you an idea on how things are going with your project. However, it can also be misleading. On my current project, we’ve identified quite a few features/tasks that we want to complete in a...
  • Blog Post: More TFS and WSS

    I’ve talked previously about regionalising the SharePoint templates that go along with TFS. Clearly it is possible to use the same technique to make changes to other properties of the templates. However, if you’re not familiar with WSS, it may not be so clear how to customise the home page of a Team...
  • Blog Post: Fun with TFS and SQL Server SP1

    After successfully conducting a pilot deployment of TFS to a single-server running Windows Server 2003 SP1 and SQL Server 2005 RTM, the time came this week to deploy to production. To make things interesting, we decided to roll-out a dual-server configuration running Windows Server 2003 R2 and SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: And one more thing...

    If anyone's wondering how to stop the MSSCCI provider for TFS from prompting for a username and password in some cases, take a look at the following: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=594542&SiteID=1 Thanks Grant for the answer.
  • Blog Post: Using MS Project with TFS Redux

    In a previous post I talked about an approach for using MS Project with TFS. After applying this to a real project and receiving feedback from the team, I’ve come up with a refined process. The most significant change is that roll-up tasks should not be published to TFS. This avoids confusion among the...
  • Blog Post: Using MS Project with TFS

    My current customer uses Project Server to track software development projects. One of the considerations for a TFS roll-out is how the two server technologies interact. Yes, there is a degree of integration with MS Project, but what has to be done for this to be useful? My customer faces two ...
  • Blog Post: Regionalising a TFS Process Template (Pt 2)

    In my previous post, I described how to create a new SharePoint global template with the correct settings for your region. For those already familiar with SharePoint, this is probably nothing new. The next step however is to link the new SharePoint template to a TFS process template. Continuing on...
  • Blog Post: Regionalising a TFS Process Template (Pt 1)

    I'm currently deploying TFS for a customer in Australia . One thing that stood out was that for every newly created Team Project SharePoint site, the time zone information was wrong. Setting the "Default Time Zone" in the "Virtual Server Default Settings" for the "Default Web Site" makes no difference...
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