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  • Brian Harry's blog

    A white frog?

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    I was out doing chores on my farm yesterday morning and ran across something surprising (to me, at least).  By the pig pen, we have an electric fence charger and it is covered by buckets.  For some reason I don’t understand (my wife did it)...
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    Explanation of July 18th outage

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    Sorry it took me a week and a half to get to this. We had the most significant VS Online outage we’ve had in a while on Friday July 18th. The entire service was unavailable for about 90 minutes. Fortunately it happened during non-peak hours so...
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    The rest of the story (about sand)

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    A month ago I wrote about our newly enabled capability to measure quality of service on a customer by customer basis .  In that post I mentioned that we had actually identified a customer experiencing issues before they even contacted us about them...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – July 21

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    Today we began deployment of our sprint 68 work. There’s a bunch of really good stuff there. I say “begun” because deployment is a multi day event now as we roll it out across instances. Everyone should have the updates by tomorrow ...
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    Upcoming VS Online Licensing Changes

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    Through the fall and spring, we transitioned VS Online from Preview to General Availability. That process included changes to branding, the SLA, the announcement of pricing, the end of the early adopter program and more. We’ve been working closely...
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    Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 Available

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    I’m not going to make too big a deal about this because there’s going to be tons of them between now and when VS “14” ships.  But we shipped another CTP today and you can learn more about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2014...
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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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    TFS Upgrade Improvements in TFS 2013.3

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    I’ve talked about this before but something happened today that got me thinking about it again.  One of the necessary components of the rapid release cycle we are on for VS and TFS is an easy and seamless upgrade process.  All through the 2012...
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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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    Visual Studio Online Update - July 1

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    This week we are deploying our sprint 67 updates. We've started on a set of small changes to the Agile Project Management experience and you'll see the first of them in this sprint's release notes: http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/2014-07-01-vso...
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    Are customers a bag of sand?

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    I sometimes use an analogy to a bag of sand.  I use it to refer to treating something in the aggregate.  Each grain of sand can be inspected for mineral content, density, porosity, size, color, etc. but usually we just talk about how much of...
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    The effect of Updates

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    There was a question on one of our internal aliases today about version to version improvements in our test capabilities.  One of the program managers in that area wrote a response that really caught my eye.  Primarily because it seems like...
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    Use of SQL 2014 with TFS 2013

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    We’ve certified TFS 2013 (and its subsequent updates) to work with SQL 2014. However, there’s a hitch. Because TFS 2013 shipped before SQL, the license than grants the right to use it with SQL Server only allows SQL Server 2012. Starting July...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – June 10

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    It’s time for our sprint 66 deployment already!  Over the next couple of days the update will be rolling out across accounts.  The big news in this update is Pull Requests for Git repos.  Pull requests are a workflow often used with Git...
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    VS/TFS 2013.3 CTP 2 is now available

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    Today we released the second preview (CTP) of VS/TFS 2013 Update 3.  You can download it here . That I know of, there’s not much in the way of new features over and above what I listed in CTP1 .  The changes are mostly bugs fixed and features...
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    Team Foundation Server on Azure IaaS Guidance

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    Over the last year, I’ve run across numerous customers who are looking for cloud benefits but aren’t ready to go to VS Online – for any number of reasons.  I asked the Ranger team to put together some guidance on helping people make this decision...
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    Visual Studio “14” CTP available as an Azure VM

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    This is so cool.  Yesterday we uploaded the VS 14 CTP we released the other day as a VM in the Azure VM gallery .  In the time that it took me to drink my morning cup of hot chocolate (I don’t drink coffee), I was able to spin up the VM, start...
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    The first Visual Studio “14” CTP

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    Today we released the first Visual Studio “V.Next” Community Technology Preview.  You can read more about it on Soma’s blog post .  Don’t confuse this with my announcement of the VS 2013 Update 3 CTP that I announced 4 days ago.  We are...
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    Visual Studio/Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3 CTP1 (VS 2013.3.1 if you wish)

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    Better late than never, I guess.  Sorry for being so late blogging about this; it’s been a crazy week.  About a week ago we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 – Community Technology Preview 1.  That's a mouthful. ...
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    Wookiki – A Windows store app for keeping an eye on builds on VS Online

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    Check out Wookiki …  It’s a Windows 8.1 store app for keeping up to date on build statuses on Visual Studio Online – it has push notifications, live tiles and more.  A previous version had been built with the OData solution for TFS that Brian...
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    Real time collaboration with VS Anywhere

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    The VS Anywhere guys have been continuing to improve their real time developer collaboration capabilities by adding a web experience along side their VS add-in.  They’ve also taken advantage of our new VS Online Open APIs to do so cool VS Online...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – May 20th

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    This week we are deploying our sprint 65 work.  You can read the release notes here: http://www.visualstudio.com/news/2014-may-20-vso The really big news is that we’ve completed the next step in the journey to fully supporting Active Directory integration...
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    Useful stuff on the VS Online Open APIs

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    I’m just sharing interesting stuff I run across that relates to the new open apis for VS Online that we announced. Here’s a blog post someone wrote on configuring and using UserVoice with VS Online: http://roadtoalm.com/2014/05/15/integrate-uservoice...
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    Tasktop: Another tool in your toolbox for integrating VSOnline/TFS

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    For many years now Tasktop has been bridging the divide among various systems for tracking work/tasks.  This week they announced some new support for Visual Studio Online along with our new open API announcements. Check out this blog post they wrote...
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    Migrating On Premises TFS to VS Online

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    One of the questions I’ve frequently gotten from customers considering Visual Studio Online is “How do I migrate my on-premises TFS data to VS Online?” Until now that’s been a tough one to answer.  In general you’ve had to cobble together a solution...
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