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  • Brian Harry's blog

    Update on adoption of TFS at Microsoft

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    Our internal adoption team produced an update on our status this week and I thought I'd share the results with you. We're now up to 21 TFS instances in production, hosting a total of 734 projects about 5,600 users. 2 of those instances are running an...
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    SR1 of VSTS for Database Professionals released

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    Yesterday we released a servicing release for VSTS database role product. The improvements include: • Cross-database references Support is improved to enable you to reference objects in different databases by using database project references or referencing...
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    Cool checkin policy

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    Someone forwarded this link to me the other day. We get requests fairly often for a checkin policy that enforces comments. Often enough that we released one as part of our Power Tools a few months ago. However, this one looks better than ours. I haven...
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    Orcas and Team Projects

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    One of the concerns I hear pretty frequently is about the number of Team Projects that a TFS server will support. Bill Essary wrote an extensive paper a while back on what limits TFS has, why and what behavior you will see as you approach and exceed the...
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    Cool tool for requirements test coverage

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    A few days ago someone forwarded me some links to a tool for determining test coverage (code coverage) on requirements rather than assemblies, classes and methods (which VSTS provides out of the box). I finally got a chance to look over it today. It looks...
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    Reminder - MSDN Chat today

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    I wanted to remind everyone that we have 2 MSDN chats with the Team System team today. The first is at 10:00am pacific time and the second at 4:00pm pacific time. I will definitely be at the first but may not make the second as it is at 7:00pm eastern...
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    TFS Migration and Synchronization Toolkit is Available!

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    Last week we released the "final" version of the TFS Migration & Synchronization Toolkit. I say "final" because nothing is ever final (particularly when we provide source and put it on CodePlex :)). The toolkit is designed to make it easy to do both...
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    June DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

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    Orcas Beta 2 has been deployed on our dogfood server for about a month now and has been running quite well with very few patches. We've been focusing primarily on cleaning up the event log and making sure we fix any bugs generating event log entries,...
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    Team System product group chats on July 3rd

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    The next set of Team System chats with the product group will be on July 3rd. We're continuing the new tradition of 2 chats at different times to help accomodate people in different timezones around the world. Join the chat on Tuesday, July 3 rd ,...
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    Using Subversion clients with Team Foundation Server

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    There a new and very interesting project on CodePlex today. It's a "bridge" that allows Subversion clients (like TortoiseSVN) to work against a TFS server. This project has been created by the team that develops CodePlex itself due to the popularity of...
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    Updated Quiescing patch released

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    We're now one step closer to the end of my humiliation :) The updated quiescing patch has now been released and is available for all to use. It should address many of the issues people have had with installing TFS 2005 SP1. If you've already successfully...
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    The end of my humiliation is near?

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    Well, I've been doing everything I could to hide from my humiliation that was the install experience around TFS SP1. As you'll recall, the underlying problem was that the way it "quiesced" (deactivated) the server was not appropriate. It didn't work for...
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    GAT/GAX Support for Orcas

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    A few weeks ago (in a thread about Orcas feedback) I got several questions about GAT/GAX support. As promised I went and talked to the team about their plans and accelerating support. Their plan had been to support Orcas at RTM, but given the feedback...
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    Announcing Team Foundation Server <-> Project Server connector

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    Today we are announcing the availability of a connector between TFS 2005 and Project Server 2007. The goal of Team System is to conect together all of the people involved in software development projects and provide them the information they need, when...
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    SourceSafe GDR coming

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    Richard Berg blogged today about the upcoming SourceSafe GDR . Think of it as a service pack for SourceSafe 2005. He's listed all of the bugs that we've fixed and some info on where the reports came from. Brian
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    Dry spell

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    It's been a bit of a blogging dry spell for me the last couple of weeks and I think it's going to continue to be for a bit longer. Sorry about that. It's just been really hectic. In a moment of insanity, I agreed to help someone work on a CodePlex project...
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    TFS Best Practices

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    The Microsoft Patterns and Practices team, in concert with the TFS team and a panel of customer reviewer has just released a terrific document on TFS Best Practices . This is distinct from the TFS help on MSDN in the sense that it is not "How-to" guidance...
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    SnagIt! integration with TFS

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    I just got mail from TechSmith - makers of SnagIt! that they have added support for Team System. Being an occasional user of SnagIt! myself, I tried it out on our dogfood server and it worked like a charm. SnagIt! allows you to take screenshots and then...
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    May DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

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    It's been a pretty uneventful month on our Dogfood server. I almost decided not to post about it but I figured what the heck. The most exciting thing is that we have our Orcas Beta 2 dogfood server upgrade happening this weekend. This should be an indication...
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    Work Item Creator is now on CodePlex

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    I mentioned this tool a month or two ago. It's a cool tool that allows hierarchical organization of work items and other relationship management. You can find the project here . These are pretty common feature requests and a big area of focus for us in...
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    Replaying your Orcas Beta 1 feedback

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    OK, I've now processed all of the feedback and written one-off responses to many of the specific questions. I appologize if I missed any. I want to thank all of you who took the time to provide feedback. It is tremendously appreciated and the best way...
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    What's up with Orcas Beta 1?

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    We released Orcas Beta 1 a few weeks ago now and I'm really surprised at how little feedback I've heard. I'm curious what's going on. Are people too busy to mess with it? Has releasing all of the CTPs ahead of time taken the excitment out of playing with...
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    Teamprise announces a Java SDK for Team Foundation Server

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    Yesterday Teamprise announced the availability of a Java SDK for building TFS based applications. You can read about it here: http://www.teamprise.com/news/2007/05/teamprise_announces_java_sdk_f.html Availability is targeted for later this year. They...
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    Managing Quality (part 7) - Code Coverage

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    Code coverage is a multi-edged sword :) There is no one right answer for how to do it and there are many ways to misuse it. Here I'll talk about how to think about code coverage and then talk about what we do and reports we use to track it. Let's say...
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    All Orcas Beta 1 downloads are now available

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    It has taken a while to get all of the downloads finalized but they are done. In addition to the VPCs that were available a week or two ago, we now have all of the installation packages for those that want to install it themselves. The main Beta 1 page...
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