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  • Brian Harry's blog

    Feedback on VS Community Technology Previews (CTPs)

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    We recently had an internal email thread with some people on our advisory councils giving us feedback on our CTP process. There was some interesting and somewhat surprising feedback. I wanted to solicit broader feedback from the community on what you...
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    Visual Studio Team System Chat - Wed, Nov 8th

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    Sorry for the late notice but we are having a Team System Chat tomorrow and I'm hoping lots of people will be there. The last one about a month ago was a record with something like 200 questions in 1 hour. I'll be there and happy to answer (as best I...
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    Improvements for Continuous Integration using TFS

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    One of the big complaints we've gotten from customers trying to build a Continuous Integration or similar automated build and test system with VSTS has been around the difficulty of authoring and maintaining the test lists that identify what tests to...
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    Pretty cool TFS add-on

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    I just got mail informing me that Attrice has released a new version of their TFS add-on called TFS Sidekick. It is a VS plugin that adds some interesting new features, including... The ability to edit build definitions more easily inside Team Explorer...
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    Revenge of the training that won't die

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    I have to start by apologizing profusely for how this whole training thing has gone. Personnally, I feel like an idiot for how many times we've said the training would be ready and then it wasn't or made it available only to take it away again. It's been...
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    Visual Studio Hotfixes are Available!

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    I'm incredibly pleased to announce that the first batch of Visual Studio and .NET Framework Hotfixes (we call them QFE's - Quick Fix from Engineering) is available . They are posted on connect.microsoft.com. It will require you to register but then you...
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    Updated look for TreeDiff

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    Well, among other things, it's now called Folder Diff :) We've been doing a lot of work on Folder Diff as part of incorporating it into the Orcas release of TFS. Some key new features include: An improved look (I think :), you can be the judge though...
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    Moving your TFS SharePoint site

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    We've gotten tons of requests since we shipped TFS v1.0 from customers who want more flexibility with the configuration of the SharePoint server that TFS uses. Some want to use a SharePoint web farm that they already have. Others want to use a pre-existing...
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    Update on "Some days"...

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    The wheels have been turning on my promise to investigate making hot fixes more widely available. It hasn't unfurled quite the way I had pictured but I'm still pretty happy with the result. The hot fixes with be made available through http://connect.microsoft...
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    October DevDiv TFS Dogfood Statistics

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    A lot has been happening this last month. We've pretty much locked down TFS2005 SP1 and have been making good progress on the Orcas release. A couple of weeks ago I posted about the performance improvements coming in Orcas - the picture there only continues...
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    New TFS - Project Server Connector available

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    Around Beta1 of TFS V1 we created a "sample" to demonstrate how to connect TFS to Project Server and synchronize task information. It was a pretty basic sample and required a lot of work to turn it into a solution. Further, as TFS evolved through the...
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    A new VSTS tag for Channel 9

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    We recently added a tag to Channel 9 so you can easily find all of your favorite VSTS videos/interviews. Check it out at http://channel9.msdn.com/tags/VSTS Brian
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    Orcas Version Control Performance Improvements

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    I'm heading to Disney World for the week in the morning so I may not be blogging too much next week (we'll see what my wife has to say about it :)) Today I was reviewing some results from some performance work we are doing for Version Control in the Orcas...
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    The Training That Just Won't Die

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    Our training saga continue but is approaching closure - 2 steps forward, 1 step back. The 300 level content is complete and available. Remember that it is really designed for a classroom setting with a trained trainer. If you fit this category you...
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    A new look for Annotate

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    We've been refining annotate for inclusion in Orcas (BTW, I'll be blogging about all the cool TFS features coming in Orcas soon). We've been hooking up lots of nice features, like integrating it with history, diff, more editor features, implementing accessibility...
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    Visual Studio SP1 Feedback

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    I am looking to solicit feedback on what people think about SP1 so far. I realize it's only been a week or so but I've been searching the web looking for feedback. I've seen a bit... Lot's of discussion around Vista support Complaints about the...
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    Last word on TFS Expirations (I hope)

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    This blog post has been replaced by a newer one that covers both TFS 2005 and TFS 2008: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2008/01/15/checking-your-tfs-version-and-extending-trials.aspx People seem to still be having issues with trials. Some are...
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    Promised SP1 docs

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    We've been working on putting together docs on 4 SP1 features. The documentation team will be ultimately releasing it through MSDN online docs updates but until then, it will be released through blogs. Work Item Custom Controls - Includes docs on...
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    Some days...

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    Some days, I am very proud to work at this company - and today is one of them. I have to admit there are some days that I am both embarrassed and apologetic for things I've seen us do but I can tell you they are the rare days. You've heard me say several...
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    Bug fixes in TFS SP1

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    Well, I'm going to try to beat a new path here. We're trying to be more transparent about what we are doing, when we are doing it and why we are doing it. The downside of that can be that we go to far and get beaten over the head with the information...
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    Ramblings on VS SP1

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    Since the announcement of our SP1 release yesterday, there's been a variety of community feedback. Some in the press, some on blogs and some in email. I got one of those emails this morning and decided to write a few of my thoughts to share my perspective...
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    TFS SP1 Beta is available!!!

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    I am thrilled to announce that the much anticipated TFS SP1 Beta is available. You can get access to down load it by visiting the Microsoft Connect Site . Remember, it is a Beta so some caution is advised. It's been a long road but there's some great...
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    September TFS DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

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    Dogfood activity continues to be brisk but growth has slowed some in the last month. I think the ramp from the onboarding of so many Orcas feature crews is behind us and the growth will be slower until we bring on more PUs. Overall performance and availability...
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    Away for a week

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    Sorry you haven't heard from me for a while. It's been busy. I just got back from Redmond (spent all last week there). I was wrapping up a "special project". Given my background both in CLR and in databases, I was asked to spend a few weeks looking at...
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    The Next TFS Power Toy Release

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    We are in the (very early) planning process for the next TFS Power Toy release. You can read my earlier posts to see what constraints we currently put on Power Toys. Some key constraints are things like "Pure add-on" and "Delivers real value". How do...
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