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  • Brian Harry's blog

    New TFS Times Edition

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    Paul Hacker has started a new monthly Team Foundation Server newsletter that focuses on a topic each month and solicits articles from experts in the area. He has just published his January 2008 Edition - focusing on TFS Build. You'll find tons of tips...
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    Some great new TFS add-ons

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    Mitch Denny has been hard at work publishing the source to a bunch of TFS add-ons he's been working on. Read about them on his blog links below and us know how useful they are to you... TFS File Sharer - Mimics SourceSafe like file sharing. TFS...
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    December '07 Release of the TFS Power Tools for TFS 2008 are Available!

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    Today we released the first version of the Team Foundation Server 2008 Power Tools.  This new release is primarily intended for use with a VS 2008 client.  All VS integrated components with this new release will only integrate with VS 2008. ...
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    Changing what drive TFS databases are on

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    I got a question recently about how to change what drive the TFS SQL databases are installed on. It seemed like a question many people might want the answer to, so I decided to post about it. The first thing the poster noticed was that they changed...
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    Survey Season

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    In this season of the greatest survey of all (your holiday wish list), we seem to be brimming with surveys. I posted about on on the language change tool last week. Today I have another one to tell you about. Our Admin and ops team is trying to get a...
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    TFS "Change Language" tool

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    After we released TFS 2005, we shipped a set of guidance and tools for helping customers change their TFS server from English to a localized version. It was fairly "do it yourself", consisting of a lot of manual steps and a few tools to help you. None...
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    Installing Sharepoint on Windows Server 2008

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    I saw an internal mail about this today and it seemed like something worth sharing. Now that Sharepoint is no longer included in Windows Server 2008, you have to install it yourself. Further, when installing TFS on Windows 2008, the TFS installation process...
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    A new community project based on TFS

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    Martin Woodward brought a new community project to my attention today. The project is based on the concept of an internal tool we have here at Microsoft called "Gauntlet". Gauntlet was orginally created by the IE team in the 1996-1997 timeframe and has...
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    Visual SourceSafe 2005 update released

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    Yesterday we released an update to VSS 2005 to address customer reported issues and ensure that it will work seamlessly with VS 2008. Any licensed SourceSafe 2005 user can download and install the update here . You can read more about the update on Richard...
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    December '07 DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

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    The massive spike that I've been foreboding for a long while now has started.  In the last month the momentum towards moving the entire division over to TFS has really picked up.  A significant fraction of the branches for the development of...
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    TFS Statistics update

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    Long ago I published a post on some of the queries I use to monitor data on our internal servers. Someone asked me to update it for TFS 2008 and I went back and tried them. Only a few needed tweaks. Here's an update on the queries. Here they are.....
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    Support period of TFS 2008 Beta 2

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    Back in August I announced that Beta 2 was a "Go-live" release of TFS for customers to use in production. Because of this we arranged for Customer Support Services (CSS) to support TFS Beta 2. Now that TFS 2008 has been released I want to clarify when...
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    Tips for installing VSTS Web Access

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    As I hear about issues people run across installing VSTS Web Access, I'll post here guidance to help you be successful. 1) VSTS Web Access (like TFS 2008) does not currently support running under 64-bit. Our recommendation is that you install it on...
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    VSTS Web Access Power Tool for Team System 2008 released!

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    Today we are releasing the "final" TFS 2008 based release of the Web Access Power Tool .  I put "final" in quotes because the release model for Power Tools is a little different than for our major product versions.  Rather...
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    Revitalizing the VS hotfix downloads

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    In my last post, I referred to "a couple" of VS2008 initiatives that we are breathing new life into. In that post I talked about our specification sharing process for Rosario. The second one we've been reinvigorating is our publicly available downloads...
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    VSTS codename 'Rosario' Specifications begin to arrive

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    During the VS 2008 product cycle, we started several new initiatives to increase transparency.  Some of them continued strong and some of them sputtered.  We are breathing new life into a couple of them.  The first to be reinvigorated it...
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    November Rosario CTP is available

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    It's a bit of an anticlimax in the shadow of the Visual Studio 2008 RTM last week, but the Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Code Name 'Rosario' November 2007 CTP is now available for download.  Those you you who don't enjoy living on the bleeding...
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    Update #2 on Installation Questions

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    The problems with getting TFS Workgroup Edition from MSDN Subscriber downloads should now be resolved. It has now been made available to all appropriately licensed subscribers and should show up in your list of download choices. If you still can't see...
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    Update for Visual SourceSafe coming

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    We are working on an update for Visual SourceSafe 2005 to make it work with VS 2008. We had originally planned to have it available at the same time as VS 2008 downloads went live but we hit a last minute bug that is taking a little time to work out....
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    Update on Akamai download problems

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    In my "questions..." post, I referenced a blog post by Richard Hundhausen detailing his bad experience using the Akamai download manager to get VS 2008. It appears it has been a very hot topic in the blogosphere. People have been working not stop to address...
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    Update #1 to Installation Questions

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    We have tracked down the URL for downloading Team Explorer 2008 from microsoft.com (when I first wrote the post I wrote that I didn't know where it was). The url is: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0ED12659-3D41-4420-BBB0-A46E51BFCA86&displaylang...
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    Visual Studio 2008 SDK has been released

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    Along with the RTM of VS/VSTS/TFS 2008 and .NET 3.5 this week, we have released a compatible version of the Visual Studio SDK . The changes to the TFS portion of this SDK are fairly minimal. We updated all of the TFS samples so that there are both VB...
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    TFS Licensing Change for TFS 2008

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    We made one significant licensing change for TFS with the release of TFS 2008. We've gotten a lot of feedback over the past 2 years that there are classes of users who make very light use of TFS and for those users a $500 CAL (list price) is just too...
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    2008 Installation Questions

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    Now that the 2008 wave of developer products has shipped I've seen a ton of questions about downloading and installing them. In this post I'm going to tackle answers to all of the questions I've seen around VSTS/TFS. 1) Hey you guys say you shipped...
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    Team System MSDN Chat on December 5th

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    We have another MSDN hosted chat coming on December 5th. This would be a great time to ask all of your remaining last minute questions about VS/VSTS/TFS 2008 and .NET 3.5 now that they have shipped. As we've been doing, we'll have 2 at different times...
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