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  • Brian Harry's blog

    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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    Upcoming Power Tool Release for TFS 2008

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    Now that the 2008 wave of products have shipped, many of you are probably beginning to ask yourselves - "hey, what about the Power Tools"?  I know this because I've been bombarded with emails about it today :) We have a plan :)  I...
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    New 2008 features

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    I didn't post a big list of features with my announcement post an hour or so ago.  However, here is a pointer to the final list of TFS 2008 features I posted a couple of months ago. http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/08/08/final-tfs-2008-feature...
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    VS/VSTS/TFS 2008 are Shipping!

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    Today (Nov 19th, 2007) we released Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System (including Team Foundation Server) 2008.  It may seem a bit anti-climactic after all of the CTPs and Betas along the way, however, it's a thrill to have it done, broadly...
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    A new TFS to TFS Migration Tool

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    What's that you ask and why would I want it? As you know TFS stores a ton of lifecycle data about application development - source code, change history, tasks, bugs, historical data, ...  If you use the TFS client tools, all of that data goes in...
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    Good Article on DBPro & Team Build

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    Gert Drapers wrote an article on using VSTS Database Edition with TFS's "Team Build" automated build feature. Check it out... Brian
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    VS/VSTS/TFS 2008 Release is near!

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    Yesterday at TechEd in Europe, Soma announced that the 2008 wave of developer products (VS, VSTS, TFS & .NET 3.5) will ship this month (November). We've been saying for a long time now that it would be this year but, despite repeated requests, we...
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    November '07 DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

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    It's been a while since I wrote about the DevDiv TFS statistics.  Sorry about that, I guess it's just been a really busy summer.  Usage continues to climb steadily and we are just now beginning the rollout to the rest of DevDiv.  The next...
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    Final word on unexpected VS 2008 Beta 2 expirations

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    The final mitigation for our unexpectedly expiring VS/VSTS/TFS 2008 Beta 2 VPC is now in place. Yesterday we uploaded new VPC images with the expirations changed. Again, remember that the issue only affects VPC images. If you installed the actual setups...
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    Bug handling on Connect & Transparency

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    I've blogged a fair about over the past couple of years on transparency in our process. I've also advocated for it a great deal internally. This post caught my eye today both because it is a great commentary on transparency and a great description of...
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    Team System Widgets

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    I think I blogged about this site a couple of years ago but they recently improved it and it's worth another mention. This is the best site I've ever seen for finding a handy list of the multitude of additional Team System add-ons. I frequently complain...
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    Error in VS/VSTS/TFS 2008 Beta 2 expiration date

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    Some time ago, I wrote a post about the Beta 2 expiration date saying that it would expire in March 2008. Well, for the non-VPC version that continues to be true, however, we have discovered that the OS image in the VPC is set to expire on Thurs, November...
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    TFS plugin compatibility between TFS 2005 and TFS 2008

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    As I've written many times, we strove to maintain a very high degree of compatibility between TFS 2005 and TFS 2008. One result is that either client can be used with either server. However, our success was not without exceptions. One of those is that...
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    TFS 2008 System Recommendations

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    We have just completed our testing for TFS 2008 scalability and are ready to publish the final recommendations on server sizing and hardware configurations. If you want to compare this to the TFS 2005 recommendations, you will find them here . Ultimately...
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    Final set of TFS test patches released

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    Over the weekend we released the final set of TFS 2008 test patches for Beta 2 (see below for links). As I described in an earlier post, these patches fix real bugs but are primarily to allow us to test our servicing process and make sure that by the...
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    TeamCompanion - A new TFS Add-on for Outlook

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    Check out TeamCompanion by Ekobit . It's a new Outlook add-on that allow you to work with TFS work items inside Outlook. In addition to email integration and you favorite Outlook list management features, it also provides read-only offline access to you...
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    Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)

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    We recently did a small reorg and my team is now responsible for the MSF components that ship in Visual Studio Team System. This means I now need to understand it even better than I do now and work to make sure it's delivering everything you want. Coincidentally...
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    Team Foundation Operations Guide

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    Yesterday Jeff Beehler announced the availability of a new Team Foundation Server Operations Guide . This guide was assembled by the VSTS Rangers team in coordination with the TFS team. It augments the product documentation with additional guidance and...
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    TFS and Sharepoint (WSS) 2.0 SP3

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    We have completed testing TFS with WSS 2.0 SP3 and everything works as expected. It should be safe to use it in a production TFS deployment and it will be fully supported. Thanks, Brian
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