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  • Brian Harry's blog

    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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    Enterprise grade Git

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    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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    Journey to cloud

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    Transforming a sizeable development organization from "classic" development practices to Agile cloud development is something I talk about a lot. Bhavik Shah, who used to work on our team, left Microsoft to go to business school and now works a Mckinsey...
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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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    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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    Agile Project Management in Visual Studio ALM V.Next

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    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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    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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    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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    Team Foundation Server 2015 RC2 available

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    Today we released Release Candidate 2 of Team Foundation Server 2015.  I believe this release is VERY close to the final bits we will ship.  I’d encourage people to try out upgrades on production backups, pre-production environments and, production...
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    Licensing and packaging changes for TFS 2015

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    Over the past year, we have been working to simplify licensing for Team Foundation Server and make things as straight forward as possible for customers to adopt it. This has included changes like the introduction of the Stakeholder plan for broad access...
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    VS/TFS 2013.3 (Update 3) RC

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    Today we are releasing Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3. Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 KB article Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC release notes You’ll find a complete list of download links...
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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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    Visual Studio Online Update - Mar 10

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    Sorry for being a little late to the party this week. We are rolling out our sprint 79 build to VS Online build this week. You can read more about it here: https://www.visualstudio.com/news/2015-mar-10-vso. I haven't said anything about it explicitly...
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    A few more Visual Studio 2013 Preview features

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    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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    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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    Build & Load Test pricing changes are in effect

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    The changes to the VS Online build and load testing services that I described a few weeks ago are now complete.  This represents a substantial reduction in price for both services. We’ve also removed the 10 user limit of Visual Studio Online Professional...
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    Visual Studio 2013 & TFS 2013 RC is available

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    Today we released the Release Candidate for the VS 2013 suite of products. This is a “go-live” production worthy version and will likely be the last publicly available build before we RTM. I strongly encourage you to try it out and let us...
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    MSDN subscribers worldwide get Pluralsight Starter Subscription

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    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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    Building a goat barn

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    It’s been a long time since my last farm post.  As I’m just wrapping up a major project, I figure now is a good time to provide an update.  When we first bought the farm, we thought our primary activity was going to be goats.  After doing...
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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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    Ever want to create bugs from email?

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    Someone recently posted an open source copy of a popular internal tool called Mail2Bug. https://github.com/microsoft/mail2bug It will automatically create bugs from an email and then keep the bug up to date with any further conversation that happens...
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    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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    Is Microsoft abandoning TFVC in favor of Git?

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    No. This is an example of the power of social media.  I had planned to ignore it but I’ve had enough requests for “official confirmation” that I guess I have to say something :). Last week someone tweeted “Microsoft phasing out the TFS version control...
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    Announcing the first Visual Studio Pro Power Tools!

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    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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