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  • Brian Harry's blog

    What are “Off-times”?

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    I got called out in email, I think reasonably appropriately, for using the term “off-times” when referring to choosing a better time to do our sprintly upgrades.  In a 24x7 continuous service world, there really is no such thing as a “good” time...
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    A Team System User's group in Minneapolis too

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    I just got email that there's a new Team System users group in Minneapolis now - in addition to the one I mentioned in Boston several weeks ago. It's great to see the community of people interested in Team System continue to grow. Here's the link if you...
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    PDC 2008 & precons

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    Preparation is in full swing for the Microsoft PDC this fall (Oct 27 - 30).  PDCs are the primary event where we talk about the future (as opposed to events like TechEd where we primarily talk about the present).  This PDC promised to have a...
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    Improvements for testing in VSTS 2008

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    Compared to our VSTS 2005 release, the 2008 release is a fairly modest release. Mostly it's filling gaps in the offering and adding in a few nice new features. However, I think the improvements we've made in testing are are under appreciated. IMHO, we...
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    Microsoft Development Software for the "little guy"

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    Something came across my desk today that really peaked my interest. There was a discussion about how expensive software can be for individuals, startups, etc. Someone forwarded a link to a new program that Microsoft is launching for startups that enables...
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    Fixes for a couple of TFS Beta 2 install issues

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    We've been collecting Dr. Watson reports and user bug reports of issues encountered installing TFS Beta 2. Unfortunately, the success rate is not as high as we would like. Yesterday we released an update that will address 2 of the issues we've seen people...
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    TFS and Fully Qualified Domain Names

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    A while back I promised to blog about how to configure TFS with fully qualified domain names (particularly in light of changes in .NET 3.5 SP1). Buck beat me to it so I'll just reference his post and you can read it to learn everything you need to do...
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    Tales from PDC 2008

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    We have 12 talks on Team System at the PDC this year.  They include: TL47 Visual Studio Team System: A Lap Around VSTS 2010 TL52 Team Foundation Server 2010: Cool New Features TL03 Microsoft Visual Studio Team System: Software Diagnostics and Quality...
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    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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    Well, today was my turn to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge .  This morning I was tagged by both Adam Cogan and Scott Guthrie.  Tempting as it is though, I’m not doing it twice   I don’t know if it’s typical, but Adam challenged me to...
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    Team Explorer Everywhere 2013.2 (Update 2)

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    Today, we released Update 2 of Team Explorer Everywhere .  You can read details on Will’s blog post . I’ve been amazed lately how many people don’t know about Team Explorer Everywhere.  We’ve had it for a couple of years now.  It’s a really...
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    The Japanese version of Team System Web Access is available

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    Today we released the Japanese version of the Team System Web Access Power Tool. Long ago, I announced that we would be releasing localized version of TSWA with the VS 2008 products. Well, today it is becoming a reality. Over the next few weeks, we will...
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    Retrospective on TFS 2012 Update 1

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    In late November I made a tour of a few cities in Europe, speaking about VS/TFS 2012 and application lifecycle management.  One of the talks I gave a couple of times was about how we are managing our new release cadence.  We are shipping a service...
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    Hotfixes update

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    We've recently had a spike in hotfix publishing for TFS. At this point we have published all completed TFS 2008 hot fixes and are expecting a few more this week. We are still behind on publishing TFS 2005 hotfixes but at this point, I'm thinking it may...
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    In India this week

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    I just got to Bangalore a few hours ago and will be going to Hyderabad in a couple of days. I can tell you that the ~24 hours of flying to get here has been exhausting. It's early morning here but bed time at home. I left Friday evening and arrived Sunday...
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    Improvements in Intellisense post Beta 2

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    I’ve written a couple of posts in the last month or so soliciting performance feedback from you all and talking about our performance efforts.  Since we realized the degree of performance problem that we still had, we have spent a ton of effort working...
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    Visual Studio Online Update - Aug 18th

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    Yesterday I rolled out the release notes for our sprint 69 deployment.  Check out the updates! P.S. the outage we had last Thursday was *not* caused by the rollout of updates (or, at best only tangentially so).  I’m hoping to get the outage...
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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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    Free Azure Trial

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    I ran across this today and thought you might find it useful.  If you’d like to try our Azure with no-strings attached, no credit card, no commitment, there’s a cool offer available now.  You can learn more about it here: http://windowsazurepass...
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    Early look at the TMap process template

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    I've had the pleasure of working with some of the folks at Sogeti on a new process template they are building for TFS 2010 that manifests their TMap testing process on top of TFS and the new VS 2010 testing features. Clemens just sent me a pointer to...
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    DevDiv Dogfood Status Update

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    The deployment of Orcas to the DevDiv dogfood server finished ahead of schedule this weekend. We completed the procedure by Saturday night thanks to hard work from the IT team and key people on the TFS team assisting. We spent Sunday shaking out a couple...
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    A New Team System User's Group in Boston

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    It's really cool to see user's groups for Team System start to pop up around the country. Michael just announced a new one in Boston. I've offered to come up there and speak at it sometime in the spring. If you know of more user's groups let me know,...
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    Intellectual Honesty

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    I'm going to jump out of character here and rant about something that really got under my skin today. Let me start by saying I'm not into politics all that much - I see both sides of too many issues to have overwhelmingly strong opinions. Further, I consider...
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    Update on building Win phone projects on the build service

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    It doesn't work right now because the Phone tools SDK isn't installed on our build agent images. We've been talking with the phone tools team about this. The blocker that we have is that the Phone tools SDK can't be installed on a server edition of the...
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    Unified UserVoice site

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    It pretty quickly became clear that having separate Visual Studio and Visual Studio ALM sites just wasn't going to be a good idea. It just wasn't clear to people which site to post ideas in. As a result, we have combined the two under the Visual Studio...
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    Visual Studio a leader in software quality suites

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    Visual Studio has always been a great tool for developers.  In 2010, as we continued to expand the breadth of our Application Lifecycle Management suite, we made our first foray into tooling specifically for testers with Visual Studio Test Professional...
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