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  • Brian Harry's blog

    2008 Installation Questions

    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 Improved Microsoft Developer Network

    Today we launched the new Microsoft Developer Network site.  As I've mentioned before, my team is responsible for much of the infrastructure and experience for MSDN.  I’m very proud of what we have and at the same time see opportunities for...
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    TFS and Quality Center

    **UPDATE** This post is now obsolete. Check out 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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    Installing TFS 2008 on Windows 2008

    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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    Even Better Access to Team Foundation Server

    About 2 years ago, we first introduced Team Explorer Everywhere.  In doing that we enabled diverse teams to work closely together regardless of platform or technology stack.  We provided organizations a substantially improved ability to manage...
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    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

    We repivoted our Express SKUs this release to focus on application type rather than on language.  The Windows 8 and Web Express SKUs have been available for a while now.  Today we made the Desktop Express SKU available.  The last yet to...
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    Visual Studio 2013 RTM Available

    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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    VS/TFS 2013.3 (Update 3) released

    Today we released the final version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 and Team Foundation Server Update 3. You can get the update using the link below. Note that the link includes both the Visual Studio & TFS downloads (among other things) if you expand...
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    TFS statistics queries

    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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    Visual Studio Online “General Availability”

    Today is a monumental day for VS Online.  It’s the culmination of a long journey from a glimmer of an idea to prototype, private preview, limited preview, public preview, “go-live” and now, finally General Availability.  VS Online is ready and...
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    Update for Visual SourceSafe coming

    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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    Agile Project Management in Visual Studio ALM V.Next

    When we first started designing Team Foundation Server, one of our mantras was “Your process, our process or no process”.  What we meant by this was that TFS can play an important role in helping you automate your development process.  Many...
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    Enterprise grade Git

    In my Visual Studio 2013 post from TechEd a couple of weeks ago, I made a very innocuous comment about including Git support in our TFS 2013 preview that will ship next week (at the Build conference).  I wanted to take a few minutes to expand upon...
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    Announcing the first Visual Studio Pro Power Tools!

    I’m VERY pleased to announce the latest addition to the Visual Studio Power Tools line-up – the Visual Studio Pro Power Tools . Over the past few years, Power Tools have been such a successful way to deliver compelling value to customers quickly...
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    Deploying TFS in the Developer Division at Microsoft

    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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    Managing Quality (part 4) - Stress Testing

    The goal of our stress testing is to run an application under load for an extended period of time and capture all "failures". The purpose is to uncover race conditions, long term resource leaks, and bugs that only occur as the result of unexpected sequences...
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    Programming Practices: Part 2 – Thoughts on TDD

    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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    VS/TFS 2010 SP1 Beta has Released

    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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    Team Foundation Server and the Future

    As you can tell from the cadence of releases and information coming out, TFS 2005 is getting pretty close to shipping. We've entered what we call "escrow". That means we think we've fixed everything we need to fix and are performing our final full test...
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    A few more Visual Studio 2013 Preview features

    I recently announced the availability of the Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 previews. There are a couple of new features available with this preview that I’d like to talk a bit more about. Cloud Load Testing Now that the...
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    Wrapping up TFS 11 Version Control improvements

    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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    MSDN subscribers worldwide get Pluralsight Starter Subscription

    Today we announced that MSDN subscribers around the world are eligible for a 12-month Pluralsight training subscription. We originally made this limited-time benefit available to our US subscribers over the summer. Due to the great response and feedback...
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    TFS is an Open Platform

    From the day we conceived TFS back in 2003, we knew that we wanted it to be an open platform upon which anyone could build their favorite development experiences.  We started by building an architecture based on standard technologies – SQL Server...
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    CTP4 (March) of VS/TFS 2012 Update 2 is available

    We are continuing our journey to deliver a final release of Update 2.  You can read about the CTP3 we shipped a few weeks ago here .  The most notable thing about this CTP is that it is “go-live”.  One of our big learnings from shipping...
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    More Transparency

    Recently we've been discussing CTPs and you have given us some great feedback about what you like and don't like. We'll be using that feedback inform our future plans. I'd like to talk to you about another form of transparency we've been working on -...
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