Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

December, 2006

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    Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and Team Foundation Server SP1: Get it while it's hot!


    Visual Studio 2005 SP1 is out the door! Get your bits here.

    There are fixes and enhancements across the entire Visual Studio 2005 product line so be sure to download the corresponding SP1 bits for your edition. I'm especially excited for Team Foundation Server SP1. Brian already provided a lot of information about what SP1 means for Team Foundation Server so I'll just link to his posts here, here, and here.

    Earlier today I was talking to Ed Psyk who works on servicing for Team Foundation Server and is one of the many people responsible for getting SP1 out the door. He explained that there is no requirement to install SP1 of Team Foundation Server and SP1 of the Visual Studio 2005 "client" at the same time. While we certainly suggest that you install SP1 on all of your machines running Visual Studio 2005 or Team Foundation Server 2005, the team planned for the situation which exists where you may wish to have staged rollouts. The only scenario which won't work if you patch Team Foundation Server without patching Visual Studio 2005 is that any WIT Custom Controls you may have created with the new functionality that exists in TFS SP1 will not render unless you also have SP1 installed on the client. But even if this happens, the operation will fail gracefully and users will see a message to indicate exactly what happened.

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    Submit Your Questions for the Upcoming Channel 9 Interviews of the Team Foundation Server Team


    On Dec. 14 & 15 I will be filming more Visual Studio Team System Channel 9 interviews on-site with the Team Foundation Server team in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am pleased to announce that Brian Harry has graciously agreed to take some time on camera to talk about the roadmap for Team Foundation Server which he posted last week. I am also scheduling time with several of the other engineers on the team to go deep on areas such as the Migration Toolkit, the upcoming Power Tools, the Team Build enhancements, and some of the Administrative and Operations improvements being planned for Team Foundation Server.

    In preparation for these interviews I want to give everybody a chance to submit your own questions! I will use as many of your questions as possible during the interview. So send me your questions by December 13th, and if you want me to mention your name during the interview please be sure to let me know who you are, what you do, and where you are from. And remember, there's no such thing as a stupid question. So if you simply want to know what Brian ate for lunch the day of the interview, just let me know. (Though I'm sure you can come up with far better questions than my example. <g>)

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    How to install the Microsoft Loopback Adapter on Windows Vista


    Recently I've been trying to figure out how to install the Microsoft Loopback Adapter on Windows Vista since I couldn't find an "Add New Hardware" option for manually installing devices like there was in Windows XP and other legacy versions of Windows. Windows Vista caters to the plug-and-play world which will be great for most users, but it leaves those of us who need to do things like install the Microsoft Loopback Adapter scratching our heads. I finally figured it out, so I wanted to share my learnings here.

    The trick is to open the Device Manager and then right-click on the root node of the device tree (which should correspond to your machine name). Then select "Add legacy hardware." If you're used to the "Add New Hardware" dialog in Windows XP then the rest of the steps (steps 7-11 of this article) will be self-explanatory.

    The Microsoft Loopback Adapter is very useful for doing things like getting two VPC's to chat or enabling Internet Connection Sharing with VPC's.

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    Team Foundation Server Roadmap


    Brian Harry published a must-read roadmap which should give you a good idea of what's coming in future releases of Team Foundation Server. There's a LOT of great stuff in there which should whet your appetite about what their team has been hard at work on.

    The first comment Brian received on his post pretty much sums up my reaction as well:

    "(with big grin on face) I keep telling everyone in the company that not only is TFS very cool right now, but that "this is only the beginning". I'm very happy to see you guys really gaining momemtum following the v1 release. Keep it up!!!

    I am hoping to conduct a series of Channel 9 interviews with the Team Foundation Server team in the coming weeks to drill into this roadmap a bit more... stay tuned.

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