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  • Brian Harry's blog

    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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    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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    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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    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 We originally made this limited-time benefit available to our US subscribers over the summer.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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    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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    Managing Quality (part 4) - Stress Testing

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    A new Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server Features Timeline

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    We are always working on ways to communicate more effectively with customers about what we have done, what people like and don’t like, what they want, what we’re planning, etc.  A year or so ago we added a Features Timeline page to our News section...
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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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    Visual Studio Online Update – Dec 2nd

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    This week we are rolling out the sprint 74 updates to VS Online.  You can read details about the features on the service news page . There’s nothing huge here.  After the larger announcements we made at Connect(); in November, we’re back to...
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    CTP4 (March) of VS/TFS 2012 Update 2 is available

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    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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    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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    Extending Trials of TFS 2010,TFS 2012 and beyond

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    The old process for TFS 2005 and TFS 2008 is no more. It’s now baked into TFS 2010 and later. The TFS 2010 and later trial period is 90 days. However, after the first 30 days, you will start getting this dialog every time you run the admin console...
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    Team Foundation Server and the Future

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    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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    The Importance of Feedback in Software Development

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    If you follow my blog, you know that I talk a lot about collaboration and the impact it has on the success or failure of modern software projects.  In a recent post on Agile Project Management , I closed with a brief mention about feedback loops...
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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 is an Open Platform

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    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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    Microsoft acquires HockeyApp

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    I’m excited to announce our acquisition of HockeyApp – the next step in our journey to turn Application Insights into the best tool in the world for helping you get insight into your applications.  With HockeyApp we add great support for mobile devices...
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    Database Permissions Required to Configure TFS

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    ***UPDATED Dec 22 2014*** We now have official documentation that replaces this post. See: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb552341.aspx Recently a question came up through a customer about exactly what permission were needed to SQLServer in...
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    Special Offers from Visual Studio Partners

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    Last week at our Connect(); event in New York City, we made some big announcements regarding our ecosystem from a developer as well as a partner point of view.  In addition to those announcements, I wanted to call your attention to special offers...
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    New TFS MSSCCI Provider is available!

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    Today we have released an update to the TFS MSSCCI provider. It is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=87E1FFBD-A484-4C3A-8776-D560AB1E6198&displaylang=en Try it out and let us know what you think...
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    More Transparency

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    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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