Chris Rathjen

Warning: May be "Jab myself in the eye with a pencil" geeky.

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About Chris Rathjen

I'm an "SDET" (usually Software Design Engineer In Test) for Microsoft. I work on Team Foundation - the server component to Visual Studio Team System. I am a geek.

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    TFS Admin & Ops: What's in a MOM pack?

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    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...
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    Change is in the air: TFS Admin & Ops

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    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...
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    Team Foundation Server: Why are my files transferring so slowly?

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    I'm not sure if anyone "in the field" has run into this (yet), but it's happened to us a couple times internally now, and I figured other folks might be interested in the issue. We've seen situations where larger files (in the latest case, 100 meg...
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    Dust-busting for fun and profit: Your computer will thank you!

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    I was just reading Raymond's latest post , partially relating to computer heat (and how the symptoms it typically presents might not be heat-related after all). I was going to comment with my own anecdote, but it's more of an aside, so I decided to...
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    Random XP tip: Scheduled disk defragmentation

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    It came to my attention that a lot of folks don't know about one of the very nice additions that came long with the rest of Windows XP: A command-line interface to the disk defragmenter. This means it's now easy to setup a scheduled task to defrag your...
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    Q: Resolve dialog is empty even though I have conflicts

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    Various people have hit some variation of the following: "When I checked out a file, I got a message saying there was a newer version in source control. But, when I ran resolve, it said there were no conflicts to resolve. What gives?" There are...
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    Which came first, the product or the patch?

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    I'm setting up a Version Control Proxy for this week's manual testing efforts (flavor of the week: OS and product language settings are Japanese, topped off with setting the calendar to The Japanese Emperor Era ). I'm running into a new variation of...
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    Accessing Team Foundation Remotely: Fast, Faster, Fastest!

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    We've had quite a few folks asking about TF Version Control's performance, especially in the remote access scenario. Buck wrote up a nice post awhile back on the remote access story; you can still find it here . The good news is that, even leaving...
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    Resolved Work Item: Get Married

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    Two weeks ago, I was working extra-hard to help get our branch/merge features ready for the Release Candidate. Last week was a change of pace - I was on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, getting married! It was something of an open secret (hmm...
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    My file's bigger than yours!

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    As you probably know by now, we intend to support versioning even very large files in Team System. Last I checked, I believe the only hard limit was a question of how big your database's hard disk is. We've had to fix a few issues (and had to get ASP...
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    Choose your client. But choose wisely...

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    As you may know, Team System is not just for developers, but for all members of a software development team - testers, project managers, and architects, as well as developers (and, if you look at XNA , artists, sound engineers, modelers...the list goes...
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    Beta3 VPC available at last

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    Buck's latest post has all the details...
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    Shameless Plug: Fog Creek Copilot

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    I had another opportunity to use Copilot last night, helping out a relative with a cranky printer. What is Copilot? I'll sum it up as "Remote Desktop for Dummies," but I mean that in the best possible way. Basically, it's a tool to let a geek get at a...
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    TLAs, part 2: ZBB/ZRB

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    You might not see these as much as RTM or even OGF , but they're the two that are currently at the forefront of the team's minds. The devs are chasing ZBB - the Zero Bug Bounce. I've also heard it defined as the "Zero Bug Balance" or "Zero Bug Backlog...
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    What's an OGF?

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    You may have seen this "Microsoftism" mentioned before - one of our innumerable Three-Letter-Acronyms (TLAs) - the OGF . But, a casual poke around didn't turn up a summary of what it is and how we use the concept (in MS in general, but here on Team...
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    So close...yet so far...

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    There's a LOT to like in the 2.0 version of the Framework and Base Class Library. But, I ran into something today that I feel is missing. Or at least, it'd be really cool of it was there. I want to be able to override the ToString method on an enum...
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    My God, it's full of Edge Cases

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    I've posted on resolve before , but I figured it'd be nice to come back and see where things stand in the Beta3->RTM timeframe. When you run get, checkin, or merge, the system can’t always do what you want it to. There are some basic cases – you...
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    The Steering Wheel is Invalid

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    We wrapped up the Beta3 testpass, as you can probably guess. My favorite questionable translation from the last week of testing: Babelfish claimed an error message generated on the Japanese version of XP translated to "The steering wheel is invalid."...
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    "SHIP IT!" (virtually)

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    In the comments for my last post , nearly everyone was asking for VPC images to be provided along with Beta3 itself. The good news: There will be VPC images made available for the Beta3 release. The not-so- good news: They probably won't be available...
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    I just called...to say..."SHIP IT!"

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    Team Foundation Server Beta3 is almost here. We're finishing up the Beta3 testpass, making those painful decisions about what's important enough to fix in Beta3 and what has to wait for RTM, making sure those last few nasty Beta3 bugs that were resolved...
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    Non-work blog

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    Pointer to personal blog......
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    More on shelving

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    More on the phantom comments. I missed a couple comments to my shelving post that I want to follow up on. Keith outlined a basic scenario to help him understand the workflow: I have checked out a file and made extensive changes then get told...
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    <-- Blogging n00b

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    Apparently, I'm more of a blogging neophyte than I thought. Or, I could blame the infrastructure, I suppose. I set anonymous comments to 'moderate' instead of publish by default. Which is great, but apparently I don't get notified when there are unmoderated...
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    No SourceSafe-style Sharing in VSTS - what do I do instead?

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    Last post , I wrote about the lack of sharing. The question I didn’t answer was, “Well, what should we do instead?” This question came up on the forums in this post , and evolved into a specific scenario; here’s an excerpt: We are developing applications...
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    Hatteras won't Share? NO FAIR!

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    This has come up on my blog before , but since it came up in the forums again, I thought I’d point people at the subject again and solicit more feedback. Here’s the forum poster’s question: In VSTS, is there an equivalent to Share available...
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