Buck Hodges

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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and Team Explorer 2013 no longer require IE 10 for installation

    When Visual Studio 2013 and Team Explorer 2013 were originally released, the installation process required that Internet Explorer 10 or newer was installed. Today we released updated installers that no longer require IE 10. You will get a warning at the beginning of your installation that looks like...
  • Blog Post: Updated Team Foundation Server 2013 download addressing web and installation path issues

    Today we have updated the TFS 2013 installation packages both on the web download page   and in MSDN subscriber downloads . The reason is that we found two bugs that we wanted to address broadly. We’ve made changes to be able to catch these types of issues in the future. Here are details on the...
  • Blog Post: What’s installed on the build machine in Visual Studio Online?

    If you are using Visual Studio Online and wondering what’s installed on the build machine for your builds to use, we have a list here . Tarun Arora , one of our MVPs, put together a web site that shows a comprehensive list of what’s installed: http://listofsoftwareontfshostedbuildserver.azurewebsites...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service 2013 RC is go-live–use it in production

    Have you upgraded to TFS 2013 RC yet? It’s a supported, “go-live” release that you can use in production. We are using it ourselves in production our biggest internal server (I’ve written about that server before). Download TFS 2013 RC and upgrade. You can check out what’s new here (hint: the background...
  • Blog Post: How to delete a team project from Team Foundation Service using the web UI

    [Update 18 Nov. 2013] It is now easier to get to the UI to delete a project. Navigate to the home page for your team project, then click on the gear icon in the upper left, and then you can click on the drop down arrow that will show up when you mouse over the name of the team project. You now have...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 2012.2 (aka Update 2) now available

    Today we released the second update for TFS 2012 ( TFS , TFS Express ). You will find a detailed list of features in this blog post . You need to install the one that matches your installation – full or express. You do not need to uninstall TFS 2012 RTM or TFS 2012 Update 1. Installing TFS 2012.2 will...
  • Blog Post: How to see activity and job history in TFS 2012

    With TFS 2012, we introduced a new feature in the web UI that makes it easy to look at the activity and job history on your TFS 2012 server (this feature was first introduced in 2012 RTM). Before the 2012 release, you would have had to look at things like tbl_Command directly in the database to get this...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 2 supports 2010 Build Agents and Controllers

    [UPDATE 9/26/13] TFS 2013 will include support for both TFS 2010 build agents and controllers and also TFS 2012 build agents and controllers. One of the changes we made in TFS 2012 for Update 2 was to support TFS 2010 build agents and controllers. This provides several major benefits. The first is the...
  • Blog Post: OData Service for TFS v2

    Brian Keller has released a beta of the second version of his OData service. We are also working to bring it to TF Service, so stay tuned. Check out the beta and give him feedback ! OData Service for Team Foundation Server v2 Today we are releasing the beta of the OData Service for Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: New build of git-tf required for use with Team Foundation Service

    Yesterday’s update of Team Foundation Service requires a new build of git-tf , which is now available for download . Using a version of git-tf prior to the update will result in repeated prompts for your password but will never succeed in authenticating. Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter...
  • Blog Post: How to connect to TF Service without a prompt for LiveID credentials

    Normally when you connect to the Team Foundation Service you are presented with a web page to log in with your Microsoft Account (aka LiveID). When you log in you can choose to have it remember you and you won’t have to enter your Microsoft Account credentials again (unless you don’t log in again for...
  • Blog Post: Doc on unattended configuration of TFS 2012

    TFS 2012 (RTM and newer) added a new tfsconfigure unattend command that supports unattended configuration of the server, build proxy, and SharePoint extensions. There’s now a new whitepaper available that explains it. While the paper is titled Unattended Installation of TFS 2012 , it’s really unattended...
  • Blog Post: November power tools release for TFS 2012

    Today we published a new release of the power tools for TFS 2012 Update 1 . This includes important fixes for the backup/restore power tool to be compatible with the release of TFS 2012 Update 1. We did a lot of refactoring of the server DLLs for the cloud service, http://tfs.visualstudio.com , and we...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2012 Update 1 Issue: Error while configuring build

    [Update 2/1/13] A fix for the issues is now available . [Update 1/14/13] See this post for the latest on a fix with attaching collections. --- We’ve discovered an issue in TFS Update 1 that may result in errors when you try to configure a build agent or controller. You will see an error in the Build...
  • Blog Post: TFS and VS 2012 Update 1 now available

    [Update 2/1/13] A fix for the issues is now available . [Update 1/14/13] See this post for the latest on issues with attaching a collection. As announced on Soma’s blog , Update 1 for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012 is now available . Over at the ALM blog, you can find more details on what...
  • Blog Post: New tool to upgrade from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server or Service

    Today we have released an upgrade tool for users of VSS to upgrade to either on-premises TFS or the Team Foundation Service in the cloud! It provides a wizard-based UI for upgrading a VSS repository to TFS 2010, 2012, or the service. Compared to the old VSS conversion experience, there are quite a...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone SDK now available in Build for Team Foundation Service

    Brian mentioned this in a blog post last week, but I think it may have gotten lost in everything else that was going on. The Team Foundation Service’s build feature (i.e., build in the cloud) has the Windows Phone SDK installed on it now so that you can build you Windows Phone 8 (and 7) apps. The blocker...
  • Blog Post: Video from 2012 Build Conference: Evolution of TFS into a Service

    This year at //build/ conference I gave a presentation on the evolution of Team Foundation Server from a box product to a service that has a box product. It’s been a fun journey, and I enjoyed telling the story of what our team has accomplished over the last couple of years. I start with the beginning...
  • Blog Post: DevDiv is now running on TFS 2012 Update 1 final CTP

    Back in June, I wrote about the upgrade of the main Developer Division server to TFS 2012 RC. That post described both the scale of that server as well as the issues that we found in the process of upgrading it and the for the first week of running it (we found most all of the issues in the first week...
  • Blog Post: Internal error loading the Changeset Comments checkin policy

    [Update 11/26/12] You can get the fix by installing Update 1 (or newer) for Visual Studio 2012: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads. Some customers, after starting to use Visual Studio 2012 with their existing TFS deployment, have been receiving check-in policy errors having to do...
  • Blog Post: Standalone installer for the TFS client object model

    [UPDATE 12/13/12] The TFS 2012 Object Model Installer is now available for download . This past week we released an installer for the Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 client object model. Up to this point the only way to get it was to install Team Explorer. For folks writing tools that access TFS,...
  • Blog Post: Developer Division is running on TFS 2012 RC!

    This past weekend we upgraded the TFS server used by the Developer Division and other teams who deliver Visual Studio 2012.  It is now running TFS 2012 RC ! Back in the beginning, the DevDiv server was our dogfood server.  Then as all of the folks shipping products in Visual Studio, there were...
  • Blog Post: How to customize the build summary page in TFS 2012 without a plug-in

    Jason Prickett has been writing some great posts about the new features in Build for TFS 2012.  One of my favorites is the ability for you to add sections to the build summary page without having to write any plug-ins.  You just use the WriteCustomSummaryInformation activity in your workflow...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 features enabled by using a TFS 2012 server

    While many of the features in Visual Studio 2012 are available to users using TFS 2008 or 2010, there are some features that are only available when using a TFS 2012 server.  Also, the web experience in TFS 2012 has been rebuilt entirely from the ground up, and the result is a fast, fluid experience...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer 2012 keyboard shortcuts

    Team Explorer 2012 has the following keyboard shortcuts for the built-in pages.  We are adding some shortcuts within the pages for RTM. UPDATE 08/20/12 :  The last seven shortcuts were added for RTM. Shortcut Team Explorer Page Ctrl+' Search Ctrl+0,H Home Ctrl+0,P Pending Changes Ctrl+0,M My...
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