Service Engineer, Microsoft Visual Studio Online - Team Foundation Server
The new TFS Administration Console will show you very basic information about warehouse & cube processing. However, it doesn’t show you anything about the queued & executing jobs. These are both gaps that I hope we address in the shipping product in the future. In the meantime for any real warehouse or job status information you have to hit the web services. Since the web services don’t allow you to invoke them using a web browser from a remote computer, you’re forced to logon locally to the server and run them from there.
The smarter option is to download yourself a copy of WebServiceStudio, which allows you to invoke web methods with complex parameters from your remote workstation. No more logging onto servers!
Here are the WSDL EndPoint’s that you’ll need. Copy them in, change the server name, select ‘Get’, select a method from the tree, select ‘Invoke’, (ignore the exception dialog if you get one the first time), select ‘Invoke’ again and there you have it.
Now, the problem with either reading the XML from the web browser (argh! my eyes!), or using WebServiceStudio is that there’s lots of nested information which makes it difficult to find out what’s going on. Fortunately with a fairly simple report and the XML Data Source that SQL Reporting Services provides, we can make it much, much nicer.
As I run the Pioneer dogfood TFS server day-to-day, I notice opportunities for tools to help make TFS administrator’s lives easier. Here’s the first two reports to give you a better insight as to what is happening on your server and allow you to investigate problems without having to mess around with web services.
The first part of the report shows you the overall status, similar to the ‘Reporting’ tab in the Team Foundation Administration Console. This is a quick an easy way to find out if an Incremental or Full processing is in progress. It will also show you any errors (like warehouse schema conflicts) in the ‘Last Run’ column.
The second part of this report is useful after an upgrade or when the warehouse needs to be rebuilt manually. It shows you each of the data adapter sync jobs for each collection and their current status. During normal operation, these will run very quickly as data changes in the operational stores, so you’ll probably always see them as “Idle”. It will also show you any errors from previous job executions in the ‘Last Run’ column.
The first part of this report shows you the job definitions for the instance and the interval they’re set to run on. This is useful for checking to see if a job has somehow been disabled or changed.
The second part of this report shows you the job history. Let me explain each of the fields:
There’s a few little visual styles that I added to allow you to glance the report and find problems:
There is a lot of noise when dealing with jobs, so I added some parameters to help you filter out the noise.
If you find these useful, leave me a comment or drop me an email. I’d love suggestions for them or for any new TFS2010 Administrator reports.
Any changes if the SSRS is running on the DT?
@Greg - nope. The data source points to the AT regardless of where the report is running from.
The link to the zip file gives a 404 error. Can you fix it or send the file directly to me?
@Tim - the correct attachment is at the bottom of the post: blogs.msdn.com/.../TFS2010AdministratorReports.zip
Great Thanks! I'm not clear why all my jobs have a scheduled time that are weeks or even years in the past (similar to what is in your image above). Can you provide some extra details regarding this?
@Tim - that is normal. Given that the jobs run every day, the "Scheduled Time" is not relevant.
Grant, when I look at my Warehouse Status report I notice two things and I wonder if you can help me out?
1. The status of my Job Processing Status is always the same
Job Processing Status: DataChange IncrementalAnalysisProcessing
2. One of the Jobs never becomes Idle
Name Jobs Running Jobs Queued Job Status Job Name Last Run
DefaultCollection 1 0 DataChange
Idle Build Warehouse Sync
Idle Common Structures Warehouse Sync
DataChange Test Management Warehouse Sync
Idle Version Control Warehouse Sync
Idle Work Item Tracking Warehouse Sync
Can you tell me what this status report is saying about my warehouse? Some background about the server:
- Windows 2003 server SP2
- TFS2010 (2005 upgraded to 2008 upgraded to 2010)
- SQL2008 SP1 (2005 upgraded to 2008)
- WSS3.0 SP2
@Anonymous - it's telling you that something is broken. Most likely you have hit a bug in the warehouse adapter. You're going to need to contact Microsoft Support to have them take a look at your db.
You can try rebuilding the warehouse from the admin console, but I think you'll end up in a similar spot.
I got this error when I create the TfsJobServiceDS and press "Test Connection" button. Any ideas?
"Keyword not supported: 'http://devlftfsweb01:8080/tfs/teamfoundation/administration/v3.0/jobservice.asmx;integrated security'."
Is there any chance this will be productized into TFS 2012?
Thank you Grant! This is exactly what we need to do to solve some weird behaviour at a customer.