With the start of the New Year comes new updates and features in Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server. The updates are packed with new features to support Vista and Office 2007 and a handful of others.

Up this month for discussion are

·         Installation feedback for Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

·         Installation Feedback for Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Service Pack 1 (SP1) and the updated Team Foundation (TFS) Install  and Administration Guides

·         Release of the Orcas Technical Preview (CTP)

Installation Feedback for Visual Studio 2005 SP1:

Well it’s time to recognize a few key things about this update. This service pack is huge; it weighs in at 431.7 MB and contains multiple updates at once.  Hence logic would say we might see a few issues and we have.  Many issues are resolved by removing as many variables as possible as in downloading the patch locally, disabling antivirus and other system protection programs during install, and just let the system handle the one thing it should and install without running other programs which may or may not affect the install. If nothing else, consider that the other programs are consuming resources that will slow the install down even more. Here are a few other items I’ve seen thus far…

·         Install of the Service Pack can take longer that installing the original product

·         Users are running out of disk space during the install as it extracts and merges information before updating the affected bits

·         Contiguous Memory Error message when you try to install a large Windows Installer package or a large Windows Installer patch package in Windows Server 2003 or in Windows XP: "Error 1718. File was rejected by digital signature policy" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925336

·         Visual Studio 2005 missing original source files for Windows Installer when installing SP1, this can be to really missing the files but more common thus far it appears to be a new issue with a bad error message and solution is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925336

·          “The upgrade patch cannot be installed” one of the first questions should be did you have the BETA version of SP1 installed, if so it needs to  be removed prior to install of the VS2005SP1

·         Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 release notes Including Known Issues at posting http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928957

·         Heath has covered some additional issue on his blog http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths/archive/2007/01/11/known-issues-with-visual-studio-2005-service-pack-1.aspx


Visual Studio 2005 SP1 download

Formal support is available through Microsoft Connect (http://connect.microsoft.com).
Informal community support is available through the
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Installation Feedback for Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server SP1:

What can one say but begin with a reminder this is the V1.0 of a product that integrates into multiple server products as well as providing functionality that internally here at MS was separate tools and groups. Honestly I am amazed it came together as well as it did in the first release. With other similar tools you would install the major pieces and then spend days configuring it to do what you want.

The most important part about Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation installation of any type is follow the documentation that none of us every read. Face it, it is not a click and go install. Remember readme documentation is always outdated the moment the product is released so please be sure to check the online version for the most current installation process and product guidance including the steps to consider installing SP1.

·         Team Foundation (TFS) Install and Administration Guides, Note that on computers with security update 896358 the Compiled Help (CHM) files cannot be opened. See KB902225 for resolution.

·         Troubleshooting Strategies for TFS, it’s a beginning level concept but can get you looking in the right direction.

·         Team Foundation Customization, links to how-to customize, move, and configure TFS


·         MSI – Windows Installer SDK included in the Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit for Windows Vista™ and .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components

·         WIX Toolset

·         Test drive the next version of Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas


·         I wish MS would...

·          Tell Us What You Think

·         Get Help via Support

·         Newsgroups and Forums

Recommended Blogs

·         Rob Caron’s blog

·         Heath Stewart’s blog

Downloads and Documentation

·         Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Service Pack 1 (SP1)

·         Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

·         What bugs were fixed in VS 2005 SP1 - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/918526

·         Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions SP1

·         .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package