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  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Orcas Beta 2

    With Orcas Beta 2 now available, I'm starting to see questions about the upgrade process and the availability and interoperability of other components (that don't ship in the box with Orcas). Let me try to clear some of this up. VSTS Web Access - This is the new web UI (formerly TeamPlain) that we...
  • Blog Post: Orcas Beta 2 download URLs

    Here's a long list of download urls to help you quickly find what you need... All the downloads are live!!! Below are links to landing pages as well as individual SKU downloads: · Marketing launchpad http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ · Express landing page is at http://msdn.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Orcas Beta 2 is Available!

    Unfortunately, I don't have much time to write something up right now, but I wanted to let you know that Orcas Beta 2 is available today. You can download it here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/default.aspx You can also read more about it on Soma's blog here: http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar...
  • Blog Post: An interesting Agile viewport into TFS

    David Anderson (who used to work on the MSF team here a Microsoft) continues to be a strong advocate of Agile development practices and has an interesting idea for how to manage a virtual whiteboard based on TFS work items. http://www.agilemanagement.net/Articles/Weblog/DigitalWhiteboardExperime.html...
  • Blog Post: A Rosario Milestone

    Yesterday, we signed off on the release of the first CTP for our Rosario release of VSTS. Rosario, as you may recall, is the code name for the release of VSTS that will follow the VS/VSTS 2008 (Orcas) release. We have not (and will not soon) be announcing anticipated timelines for Rosario, so for now...
  • Blog Post: Finalized guidance published for WSS 3.0 support with TFS 2005

    Jeff Beehler blogged today about the final release of the WSS 3.0 guidance . It hasn't changed much from the "pre-release" version but has incorporated some feedback. If you have already successfully used the guidance, you are set. If not, you can check this out. Of course, Orcas is coming pretty soon...
  • Blog Post: Update on adoption of TFS at Microsoft

    Our internal adoption team produced an update on our status this week and I thought I'd share the results with you. We're now up to 21 TFS instances in production, hosting a total of 734 projects about 5,600 users. 2 of those instances are running an Orcas Beta 2 build. 3 are running a very early build...
  • Blog Post: Cool checkin policy

    Someone forwarded this link to me the other day. We get requests fairly often for a checkin policy that enforces comments. Often enough that we released one as part of our Power Tools a few months ago. However, this one looks better than ours. I haven't played with it but it looks good. I thought I'd...
  • Blog Post: Orcas and Team Projects

    One of the concerns I hear pretty frequently is about the number of Team Projects that a TFS server will support. Bill Essary wrote an extensive paper a while back on what limits TFS has, why and what behavior you will see as you approach and exceed the "limits". Tackling this problem was not one of...
  • Blog Post: Cool tool for requirements test coverage

    A few days ago someone forwarded me some links to a tool for determining test coverage (code coverage) on requirements rather than assemblies, classes and methods (which VSTS provides out of the box). I finally got a chance to look over it today. It looks pretty cool. I have to admit I'm a bit skeptical...
  • Blog Post: Reminder - MSDN Chat today

    I wanted to remind everyone that we have 2 MSDN chats with the Team System team today. The first is at 10:00am pacific time and the second at 4:00pm pacific time. I will definitely be at the first but may not make the second as it is at 7:00pm eastern time (where I am). See this post for more details...
  • Blog Post: June DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

    Orcas Beta 2 has been deployed on our dogfood server for about a month now and has been running quite well with very few patches. We've been focusing primarily on cleaning up the event log and making sure we fix any bugs generating event log entries, making appropriate eventlog entries clear and actionable...
  • Blog Post: Team System product group chats on July 3rd

    The next set of Team System chats with the product group will be on July 3rd. We're continuing the new tradition of 2 chats at different times to help accomodate people in different timezones around the world. Join the chat on Tuesday, July 3 rd , 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar...
  • Blog Post: Using Subversion clients with Team Foundation Server

    There a new and very interesting project on CodePlex today. It's a "bridge" that allows Subversion clients (like TortoiseSVN) to work against a TFS server. This project has been created by the team that develops CodePlex itself due to the popularity of Subversion clients. This bridge works at the protocol...
  • Blog Post: Updated Quiescing patch released

    We're now one step closer to the end of my humiliation :) The updated quiescing patch has now been released and is available for all to use. It should address many of the issues people have had with installing TFS 2005 SP1. If you've already successfully installed SP1, you don't need to go back and mess...
  • Blog Post: The end of my humiliation is near?

    Well, I've been doing everything I could to hide from my humiliation that was the install experience around TFS SP1. As you'll recall, the underlying problem was that the way it "quiesced" (deactivated) the server was not appropriate. It didn't work for servers that were in the process of being used...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Team Foundation Server <-> Project Server connector

    Today we are announcing the availability of a connector between TFS 2005 and Project Server 2007. The goal of Team System is to conect together all of the people involved in software development projects and provide them the information they need, when they need it to make better decisions faster. Since...
  • Blog Post: Dry spell

    It's been a bit of a blogging dry spell for me the last couple of weeks and I think it's going to continue to be for a bit longer. Sorry about that. It's just been really hectic. In a moment of insanity, I agreed to help someone work on a CodePlex project to hook TFS up to FrontPage server extensions...
  • Blog Post: TFS Best Practices

    The Microsoft Patterns and Practices team, in concert with the TFS team and a panel of customer reviewer has just released a terrific document on TFS Best Practices . This is distinct from the TFS help on MSDN in the sense that it is not "How-to" guidance but is conceptual information and recommendations...
  • Blog Post: SnagIt! integration with TFS

    I just got mail from TechSmith - makers of SnagIt! that they have added support for Team System. Being an occasional user of SnagIt! myself, I tried it out on our dogfood server and it worked like a charm. SnagIt! allows you to take screenshots and then automatically create a bug with the screenshot...
  • Blog Post: May DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

    It's been a pretty uneventful month on our Dogfood server. I almost decided not to post about it but I figured what the heck. The most exciting thing is that we have our Orcas Beta 2 dogfood server upgrade happening this weekend. This should be an indication to you that we think our Orcas Beta 2 server...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Creator is now on CodePlex

    I mentioned this tool a month or two ago. It's a cool tool that allows hierarchical organization of work items and other relationship management. You can find the project here . These are pretty common feature requests and a big area of focus for us in our Rosario release. Here is a screen shot on the...
  • Blog Post: Replaying your Orcas Beta 1 feedback

    OK, I've now processed all of the feedback and written one-off responses to many of the specific questions. I appologize if I missed any. I want to thank all of you who took the time to provide feedback. It is tremendously appreciated and the best way I know of for us to learn and get better. Here I...
  • Blog Post: What's up with Orcas Beta 1?

    We released Orcas Beta 1 a few weeks ago now and I'm really surprised at how little feedback I've heard. I'm curious what's going on. Are people too busy to mess with it? Has releasing all of the CTPs ahead of time taken the excitment out of playing with the Beta? Is it so unbelievably good that you...
  • Blog Post: Teamprise announces a Java SDK for Team Foundation Server

    Yesterday Teamprise announced the availability of a Java SDK for building TFS based applications. You can read about it here: http://www.teamprise.com/news/2007/05/teamprise_announces_java_sdk_f.html Availability is targeted for later this year. They seem to be taking the same approach we took. They...
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