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Publishing TFS services to Visual Studio using UAG and SSL-VPN
Our support team recently worked with Ben Ari from the Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) support team ( here’s his BLOG ) on a customer issue where we needed to provide client access to TFS through this gateway. Following are the steps he provided. Many thanks to Ben for this. I hope you...
6 Jul 2011
Upgrade Visual SourceSafe Today!
Make the move to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 With modern features like state-of-the-art version control, integrated bug tracking and flexible build automation, Team Foundation Server 2010 ensures the delivery of quality software faster. Below you’ll find all the tools and information...
18 Feb 2011
Build, WIT, and SCC failure after configuring TFS 2008 for SSL
Today my certificate expired on one of my SSL TF servers. I decided to become my own certificate authority so I went through the process of installing the certificate authority, creating a request from IIS on the TF server, etc. I put the cert on all the web sites, set up SSRS and WSS alternate...
26 May 2010
Error setting up TFS 2010 Version Control Proxy: The source control proxy 'tfs10' is not responding, so the request will be sent to the main server. Please verify your settings. Additional information: The element 'Server' has invalid child element 'Uri
From Chris Cooper… This week we had a customer attempting to setup a Team Foundation Version Control Proxy for TFS 2010. He had followed the instructions in the install guide but was receiving the following error when trying to connect from Visual Studio: The source control proxy 'tfs10' is not...
13 May 2010
TFS 2008: Can you restrict users from selecting certain iteration paths?
An interesting post from Coop (Chris Cooper) this week. -- Trev This week I was asked if there was a way to restrict users from selecting certain iteration paths. For instance, he wanted Project Administrators to have the ability to place bugs in the “Deferred” iteration path, but not the...
14 Apr 2010
Collecting the contents of the TfsIntegration!tbl_subscription table for review
On occasion we here in TFS support are called upon to help a customer with their TFS subscriptions. The problems vary, but the one constant always seems to be that we (support) need to see their the TfsIntegration!tbl_subscription table. During a recent TFS subscription issue I worked, I noticed that...
9 Mar 2010
Microsoft update KB973917 disables TFS… well, *ALL* IIS app pools, really
We occasionally receive cases in support where the initial impression is that a recent Microsoft update “broke” TFS. In most cases an update is not the cause of the problem, however we are aware of a potential issue due to a recent update (KB973917) where the TFS app pool will fail...
11 Dec 2009
Important events: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP2 end of life and Team Explorer 2008 Forward Compatibility Update (GDR) released
Just wanted to remind everyone that on January 12, 2010, main stream support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 will end. In order to remain eligible for support, users of SQL 2005 will need to upgrade to SP3. Customers who do not upgrade will need to have custom support agreement to get continued...
20 Nov 2009
“Exception message: Error in the application..” application event log error from TFS Service
Coop (Chris Cooper) bring us this little tidbit from a recent support case of his… When looking at your application event logs, you may notice the following error from time to time: Event Type: Error Event Source: TFS Services Event Category...
20 Nov 2009
CSS TFS HOTFIX Report: September 2009
Between Sep 1, 2009 and Sep 30, 2009 we published the following HOTIFX articles\files and knowledge base articles: Knowledge Base Articles 976184 - Empty groups still appear as available selections in work item fields in Microsoft Team Foundation Server HOTFIX 975001 - TFS: Duplicate items created in...
5 Oct 2009
Getting TFS support faster from Microsoft: CSS structure revealed
Wendell brings us a post today about the way we are arranged in Microsoft TFS support in the hopes that it will help you route to the proper team and get answers faster. Enjoy! -Trev ++++++++++++++++++++++++ I was looking through some of our support cases a couple of days ago. It struck me that...
9 Sep 2009
CSS TFS HOTFIX Report: Jan – Aug 2009
Between Jan 1, 2009 and Aug 31, 2009 we published the following HOTIFX articles\files. I am basing this list on the criteria that the fix was uploaded to our HOTFIX server between those dates: 959168 - FIX: The destination file may change if you use the "tf merge" command together with the...
8 Sep 2009
Interesting support case – Visual Studio solution prompts for entire SCC check-out on open
Today we hear from Brett Keown about an interesting support case he had recently, with some great details about CSPROJ file structures, etc. Enjoy! Trevor +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I had some questions yesterday from a customer about an issue in which every time they opened a solution file locally...
28 Aug 2009
TfsDeleteProject.exe thwarted by Windows SharePoint Services permissions
The other day I was cleaning up one of my Hyper-V machines. I had let Jim use it for a project creation test and since he was done, I wanted to whack that TF project to regain some space. So, I fired off this command, like you would… TfsDeleteProject /server: https://TREVORH-WSTFS08:8081 "JimSau...
21 Aug 2009
SSL on TFS 2008 + Windows Server 2008 + IIS 7
MSDN has long had a document on Setting up Team Foundation Server to Require HTTPS and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) . It is geared specifically to Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6 though, as the OS and IIS platforms. Ruidong Li (a senior support engineer on our TFS config support team) went through that document...
1 Jul 2009
A few notes on PROXY and Team Foundation Server
Last week saw a couple interesting requests and references around TFS and proxy. I thought I’d share… 1. Augusto Alvarez has a nice post over on his BLOG that details Publishing Team Foundation Server 2005 (Single-Server Mode) with ISA Server 2006 . It also works for 2008. If you’re trying to do the...
15 Jun 2009
“Synchronization Engine has Crashed” error when migrating work items using the TFS to TFS Migration Tool
Today’s post comes from Brett Keown. As they worked on a supported issue together, Brett and a recent customer also had the opportunity to speak about the CodePlex “TFS to TFS Migration Tool” . The TFS to TFS Migration Tool is not supported by Microsoft CSS , and Brett did not help the customer with...
4 Jun 2009
TFS 2008 Reports Fix (for issues when using SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services) Released Publically
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB969210 As promised some time ago , we have now put this fix up for public consumption. You no longer need to contact Microsoft support in order to acquire this fix. We have also included localized copies of the fixed reports with this release, including...
2 Jun 2009
TFS 2010 Information from the source(s).
TFS 2010 has generated a lot of interest and there is already a fine selection of information to choose from. We are going to maintain a list of relevant Microsoft links that we know about. If we missed a good one, let us know. MSDN Documentation: Administering Team Foundation - http://msdn.microsoft...
20 May 2009
“The database schema is too old…” error restoring SharePoint database
Part of the process of moving TFS team site data from WSS to MOSS , or moving \ restoring WSS data is to restore the WSS content database. It may happen that the SharePoint install you are restoring into may be older than that of your content database however, in which case you may see an error like...
12 May 2009
Getting remote errors from SQL Server Reporting Services 2008
Errors on reports rendered by SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 and 2008 will not give you the full details of the issue if you are browsing on a machine other than that hosting SSRS. Instead, you just get this: With SSRS 2005 you had to manually edit a web.config or run code (SQL or other) in order...
6 May 2009
Installing TFS 2008 SP1 – Prerequisites, Caveats & Best Practices
Today Vimal Thiagaraj from our Setup & Installation team brings us some valuable information about installing TFS 2008 SP1. Trev +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TFS 2008 SP1 is an easy install which upgrades TFS 2008 to latest release, but if applied without taking care of precautionary measures it...
20 Mar 2009
Before calling TFS support… ideas and information to collect
Often when people call TFS support the first thing we do is have them list off pertinent information about their setup. In my case, that line of questioning takes the form of this template: Before we get started, please gather the following information for me: (1) What exact version of TFS are you using...
18 Mar 2009
“Red-X” on Work Items folder in Team Explorer
Manoj brings us another of his troubleshooting tidbits. This time around it’s Red-C on Work Items… an admittedly rare occurrence when compared to the much more prevalent Red-X on Documents and/or Reports, but it does happen some times… so Manoj is here to help. :-) What do you do if you see a...
3 Mar 2009
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 & TFS issues: Windows SharePoint Services v2.0 and FQDN problems
Seems the installation of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 can cause multiple issues for users of TFS… 1. The Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog makes mention of an issue that can happen with WSS 2.0 when you install the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. While I may be a bit late to the game here (they posted on this in...
26 Feb 2009
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