Chris Rathjen

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  • Blog Post: TFS Administration Guide

    The TFS Administration Guide is a great resource for anyone who maintains one or more TFS instances (or is planning/considering doing so). Here are a couple highlight topics: Team Foundation Server Planning Checklist This covers everything from hardware requirements to domain considerations...
  • Blog Post: Back from TechEd Developers 2008

    I'm back after a fun week at Microsoft TechEd Developers 2008. I answered tons of questions about Team System in general - and Version Control, Build, and Setup in particular. I've brought back a variety of feedback and feature requests. Over the course of the week, several topics emerged as common...
  • Blog Post: TFS Configuration Survey: Follow up

    First, let me thank everyone who filled out the survey . With Brian and a few others spreading the word, we collected 100 responses very quickly. Here are some follow-up thoughts and further questions based on the received data: I apologize for the survey closing after 100 responses were received. I...
  • Blog Post: Tell us about your Team Foundation Server

    I'm working on some test planning for the next release of Team Foundation Server. One area I'm focused on is testing various possible configurations of TFS. Here are a few of the configurations we regularly test: All on one box - App Tier, Data Tier, SharePoint all on one machine Typical 2-box - AT and...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2008 and Enhanced Availability

    Some of you may be familiar with the "AT Warm Standby" feature that was included with TFS 2005 (aka Whidbey). This feature is also available in TFS 2008 (aka Orcas) but with some slight changes. Our guidance to people using this feature is to install/configure SharePoint and Reporting Services off of...
  • Blog Post: TFS Orcas Setup

    Setup. Setup. Setup. That's what I've been focused on for quite some time, and we're pretty excited about the improvements we've made for Orcas (aka Tfs 2008). I could barely pull myself away to play Halo 3 last night! :) TFS has some challenges in this area - when you build on top of so many other technologies...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server and Longhorn Server Beta3 (aka Windows Server 2008 Beta 3)

    I wanted to post a couple tips relating to some issues we've seen with this scenario, mostly because I did some searching of my own and there's not a lot of guidance out there (yet). Issue 1: Installing and Configuring Windows SharePoint Services on LHS We've been doing this via automated testing for...
  • Blog Post: WSS 3.0 support in TFS 2005 now 'official'

    Jeff posted that the 'unofficial' guidance for modifying TFS2005 to use WSS 3.0 (on the AT or a remote machine) is now official. You can read his full post here . To jump straight to the goodies (note that, right now, the Tech Notes page has a little bug where 1501 and 1502 both link to the 1501 note...
  • Blog Post: We have added his biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.

    Becoming a full-time employee of Microsoft (or "MSFTie") is often jokingly referred to as " joining the collective " in public and even within our cybernetic halls. I mentioned awhile back that we'd gotten some additional team-members on the Setup/Admin/Ops QA team, and (as James recently enlightened...
  • Blog Post: What he said...

    Sudhir has been blogging up a storm lately. He has a series of posts describing what we've done to improve setup for Orcas, and covers some likely "Whidbey to Orcas" migration scenarios. For example, if you have Whidbey with a local SharePoint 2 installation, you might wonder how to upgrade to Orcas...
  • Blog Post: The one where I explain where I've been for 3 months...

    So...I haven't exactly been blogging lately. This is (mostly) a "no news is good news thing" - what have I been up to? Finishing up a feature crew that delivered an improved TFS setup experience, support for upgrading from Whidbey (VS 2005), enhanced support for SharePoint, and other setup- and deployment...
  • Blog Post: TFS - Enhanced support for Windows SharePoint Services

    We're working on improving our SharePoint integration for the Orcas release of TFS, as you may have heard/read by now. I've been pretty busy lately on the setup-, admin-, and ops-related aspects of this work, and I thought you might like to hear some of the details. The usual disclaimer applies -...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Team Foundation Server to Use a Remote SharePoint Server

    Dan Kershaw has produced (and updated) a whitepaper for folks who don't want their TFS AppTier and SharePoint servers on the same machine. Unfortunately, the doc seems to have moved since most of the links out there were created. As of right now, it's located here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us...
  • Blog Post: Silence - "No news is good news" or "Ominous"?

    I haven't been posting much lately. The reasons are very much "no news is good news", though, not an ominous silence. The AdminOps team is "heads-down", so we can get some key improvements for TFS done and polished in the timeframe we've set for ourselves. Adam (referred to in the office variously...
  • Blog Post: More on TFS Extranet Support

    James recently posted more details on our ISAPI filter and how it enables access to TFS in common extranet scenarios. I'm very interested in feedback and suggestions on this feature. We want to know if it helps you, or if not, what it's lacking or what could be improved / changed to support your needs...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Team Foundation Server over the Internet

    SP1 introduces an extranet feature to Team Foundation Server. Before I link you to the details, though, please accept some cautionary notes (being professionally paranoid when it comes to software security is part of my job description). Warning the First: It is always more risky to have mission...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Why does Project Creation Wizard (PCW) still say I need to be a Sharepoint Administrator after I become one?

    The short version: If you've encountered the scenario above, make sure the user running PCW is in the designated Sharepoint Administration Group, not just added to the server with the Administrator Role. The rest of the story: I'm creating this note because I believe more than a few people out there...
  • Blog Post: Must go faster...must go faster!

    In addition to being Jeff Goldblum's favorite one-liner ( apparently ), this is a pretty common expression for anyone dealing with computers. My experience has been that, aside from the very day you get a brand new machine, you probably wish it could do something faster than it does - load a program...
  • Blog Post: TFS MOM Pack update

    I'm still hoping to hear more input/feedback on what sorts of stats/conditions you'd like to see exposed in a MOM pack for TFS. Here's a list of some of the top scenarios we're planning around (this list is by no means complete, it's just a sample): Long running applications or processes ...
  • Blog Post: TFS Admin & Ops: What's in a MOM pack?

    Where did I go for the month of June? Bad blogger! A recent forum post asked about the availability of a MOM pack for TFS. We’ve been planning to include this in a future release (there isn’t one for v1). I’ve been brainstorming a bit on what kinds of metrics and actions we should include...
  • Blog Post: Change is in the air: TFS Admin & Ops

    Team Foundation Server v1.0 has shipped . As is apparently tradition with Microsoft (and doubtless many other companies), product ship has triggered a “reorg” which could be reasonably compared to Musical Chairs, a pot-luck dinner, and perhaps even the Boston Tea Party ( you had to be there… ). Some...
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