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  • Brian Harry's blog

    Wrapping up TFS 11 Version Control improvements

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    This is the third post in the series on “Developers are Raving Fans” TFS features.  The first post was on workspace improvements , the second on merging and this is kind of a wrap up post that covers the rest of the version control improvements. ...
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    Visual Studio 2013 RTM Available

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    In the wee hours of the morning this morning, we made the final versions of Visual Studio 2013, Team Foundation Server 2013 and .NET 4.51 available.  You can download the trials and related products and MSDN subscribers can download the licensed...
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    A new invite code for the Team Foundation Service

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    Yesterday I wrote about the updates we’ve made to the service with our December update. Today, I’m here to deliver on the promise of providing another invite code that people can use to sign up. If you’ve already created an account,...
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    Programming Practices: Part 2 – Thoughts on TDD

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    Well, it seems the last post wasn’t too controversial.  Let me try something that might be a bit more controversial.  Heck, it might even get some people down right agitated with me but that’s OK, disagreement is a useful tool to drive clarity...
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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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    Upgrading to Orcas Beta 2

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    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...
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    Why TFS labels aren't like SourceSafe labels

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    I'm keeping my eye out for reasonable "short" blog topics as all of mine seem to be pretty long :) There was a question today on one of our internal aliases about why labels in TFS don't show up in the history display the way they do in SourceSafe. The...
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    VS/TFS 2010 SP1 Beta has Released

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    Today we released VS/TFS 2010 SP1 Beta and .NET 4 Update Beta to MSDN subscribers.  On Thursday, they will be available to the general public.  The Beta comes with a "go live" license which means that it can be installed in a production...
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    September TFS Power Tools Released

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    Today we released the Sept 2007 version of the TFS Power Tools . There's a couple of great new things in them. First, before I get to that, this release of the Power Tools only works with the TFS 2005 client. This will be the last release of the Power...
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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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    Upgrading from TFS 2005/2008 to TFS 2010

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    Lots of people are trying out TFS 2010 now and they want to import their 2005/2008 data. Here are some good things to know as you think through this: The TFS installation guide is a great resource in helping you understand your upgrade options: ...
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    Connect(); is today

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    Our Connect(); event for developers is today.  I’m in New York getting ready for a few presentations I’m giving.  It’s going to be a busy day because we have a lot of stuff to tell you about – some of it, I think, pretty exciting and unexpected...
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    VS/TFS 2013.2 CTP 2 available

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    Last week we released the next CTP for VS 2013.2 and TFS 2013.2 (aka Update 2).  Unfortunately, I was unable to find the time to blog about it because I was in Europe speaking at a conference and visiting customers.  So, I’m correcting the error...
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    Known Issues with the Backup/Restore Power Tool

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    The Backup/Restore Power Tool we shipped in the most recent Power Tools release was an ambitious project.  It’s one of the larger and more involved Power Tools we’ve ever shipped.  We knew that despite the fact that we did a fair amount of testing...
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    TFS Power Tools for the RC

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    We won't be releasing a new build of the Power Tools with the Release Candidate. The Beta Power Tools that are available will work with the RC build. The next time we'll update the Power Tools will be along with the final release. Please let us know if...
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    Performance of VS Beta 2

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    I'm starting to get very mixed messages about people's satisfaction with performance in Beta 2. Clearly performance in Beta 1 was bad. We knew that. We did a lot of work in Beta 2 to make it better and I've heard a lot of people comment on how much better...
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    Feedback on the VSTS 2010 CTP

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    About a week ago now we released a new CTP build of VS/VSTS/TFS 2010 and .NET 4.0. I haven't heard much feedback yet. I'm curious what you think about it. Have you had a chance to download it? Play with it? Go through the walk-throughs? If you have, please...
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    Installing TFS 2008 on Windows 2008

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    Our dear friend Etienne has written up his experiences installing TFS 2008 on Windows 2008 . It's definitely more complex than installing it on Windows 2003. The issues revolve around our uncertainty of the status of WSS on Windows 2008 at the time we...
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    Synchronizing two TFS servers

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    I've seen a lot of questions lately about synchronizing one TFS server with another. I think the heightened interest in this scenario has been brought on by the announcement of the TFS Basic installation option. People are starting to think of new and...
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    VS Online early adopter program extended to May 7, 2014

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    ***UPDATED*** June 2014 - The early adopter program ended in may and the data export capability described below expired on May 20th. I know this is the second time I am doing this but I believe it is the last. For a refresher for those who don’t...
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    Launching Visual Studio 2013

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    Today, I am in New York at the launch of Visual Studio 2013 speaking with a local audience and broadcasting around the world.  In many ways it’s a celebration of the blood, sweat and tears we put into VS 2013.  At the same time, it’s a bit anti...
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    A new API for Visual Studio Online

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    The “big” news that I announced at TechEd this week was a new API for accessing Visual Studio Online (and, in a future release, Team Foundation Server).  This new API is based on REST, OAUTH, Json and Service Hooks – all standard web technologies...
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    TFS Adoption at Microsoft – July 2014

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    Years ago, I used to do monthly updates on TFS adoption at Microsoft.  Eventually, the numbers got so astronomical that it just seemed silly so I stopped doing them.  It’s been long enough and there’s some changes happening that I figured it...
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    InRelease Acquisition is complete

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    At TechEd, in early June, I announced our agreement to acquire InRelease – a release management product built specifically for Team Foundation Server by InCycle Software.  Since then, we’ve received tons of requests for more information, demos, etc...
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    VS Online Update - April 10th

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    We are deploying our sprint 80 results this week. You can read the release notes on visualstudio.com. There are some very nice improvements for both the Agile tooling and Git. This is an unusual deployment. First it's delayed a week and second it...
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