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  • Brian Harry's blog

    Announcing a Build Service for Team Foundation Service

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    Today in my VS Live keynote, I announced and demonstrated a new cloud based build service for our Team Foundation Service on Azure . From the beginning with tfspreview, you’ve been able to do builds, but – you had to install, manage, patch...
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    Typescript - a real world story of adoption in TFS

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    As you may know, we've had a web UI for TFS for quite some time. In our TFS 2012 release, we did a pretty major overhaul of our web UI to modernize it - both in look and feel and in architecture. We moved to REST/Json, and a lot more in-browser Javascript...
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    VS 2012.4 (Update 4) will exist!

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    Sometime this spring, though for the life of me I can’t find it, I wrote a blog post where I said I thought Update 3 (VS/TFS 2012.3) would be the last update in the VS/TFS 2012 update line.  I often say that nothing that is said about the future...
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    Portfolio Management: TFS <-> Project Server Integration in Beta

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    Hot on the heels of announcing the release of Feature Pack 2 – the Testing Feature Pack , I’m excited to announce that the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack is now in Beta. To avoid being...
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    Urban Turtle for Scrum and TFS

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    In November I started a series about “ TFS as an open platform ” and, as part of that I’m writing about some of the top tier 3rd party enhancements to TFS.  I wrote about Tasktop/Mylyn and Team Companion .  Today, I want to tell you about Urban...
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    March '08 Team Foundation Server Power Tools Released

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    We've just released a new version of the TFS Power Tools.  This new Power Tool release will work only with the VS/Team Explorer 2008 client (but against either a TFS 2005 or TFS 2008 server).  If you haven't taken the time to upgrade yet, I...
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    Some thoughts on a comment about VS 2012.3

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    Yesterday, I got a thoughtful comment from Dean on my post about Update 3.  I sat down to write a response this morning and it turned into a but of a novel (in fact, the blog says it’s too long to post as a comment ).  So I’ve turned it into...
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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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    Team Foundation Service Preview is public!

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    Since we announced the Team Foundation Service Preview at the BUILD conference last year, we’ve limited the onboarding of new customers by requiring invitation codes to create accounts. The main reason for this has been to control the growth of...
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    Microsoft's Team Foundation Server Deployment Topology

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    Given how much I talk about our internal "dogfooding" of TFS on this blog, I thought you might be interested in seeing a diagram of what our internal deployment actually looks like. This diagram was put together by our IT department a couple of weeks...
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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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    "Concurrent" users

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    Very frequently I get requests asking "how many concurrent users does Team Foundation Server support"? I really don't like this question. What is a "concurrent user"? In a stateless request/response web based application, there really is no such...
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    Update on Team Foundation Server Roadmap

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    It's been about 4 months now since I published the first Team Foundation Server roadmap. A lot has happened since then. For one thing, we've just about completed all of the feature work (final feature checkins will be this week). For another, we announced...
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    TFS 2010 Power Tools Coming Soon

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    I think for 6 months or more I’ve been promising that we’d release updated Power Tools to support TFS 2010 “soon”. Well, I apologize that it hasn’t worked out that way. It seems like some higher priority activity always rears its head when we think we...
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    Configuring a build server against your shiny new hosted TFS account

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    Now that you have a Team Foundation Service account, some of you are going to be interested in setting up a build machine to work with it.  Richard Hundhausen did a very nice video to walk you through this process but I’m going to recap it because...
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    Introducing Kanban

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    Today, we enabled a new kanban board Team Foundation Service.  Check out the news here for more information about  the experience and how we plan to evolve it. I also wanted to mention that our plan is to include the kanban support in our first...
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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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    The New Team Explorer in TFS 11

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    You’ve seen snippets of the new Team Explorer in previous posts I’ve done on version control improvements .   In this post, I’m going to focus on the new Team Explorer experience, talk a bit more about what overall changes we’ve made and why...
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    Announcing Continuous Deployment to Azure with Team Foundation Service

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    I mentioned earlier this week in my sprint 31 deployment post that we were working on some bigger things I wasn’t ready to talk about yet.  Well, this is one of them…. As development organizations are trying to improve the cycle times on their development...
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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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    TFS statistics queries

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    You know how it goes - somehow there's just never enough days in the week to get everything done you want to get done. A couple of weeks ago I promised to post the queries I use to collecting statistics on our server - and other than feeling bad about...
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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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    TFS and Quality Center

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    **UPDATE** This post is now obsolete. Check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/bb840033.aspx for more info on integration solutions. I see a fair number of customers where the development team uses TFS but the QA team uses HP Quality Center...
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    Deploying TFS in the Developer Division at Microsoft

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    You haven't heard from me for a while because I've been taking a bit of a break for the past month to help out at home with our new daughter. I returned to work on Monday. As I'm getting back into the swing of things, I thought it would be a great time...
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    VS/TFS 2013.2 (Update 2) CTP Released

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    Today, fast on the heels of Update 1 , we released the first CTP of VS/TFS 2013 Update 2. Although Update 1 was a pretty small release, Update 2 is much larger. This CTP is *not* feature complete and it is *not* “go-live”. It is an opportunity...
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