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  • Blog Post: Getting Started with TFS Hosting from DiscountASP.NET

    With the recent reorganization of SPLA prices for Team Foundation Server, there’s been some new offerings in the Hosted TFS space. I’ve blogged about other TFS hosting services in the past and there’s a list of the companies that provide TFS hosting services here . Now there’s...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Pioneer TFS2010 Dogfood Server: Upgrading

    ( See this summary on the VSTS Pioneer dogfood server and all the other posts .) One of the major goals of the Pioneer Team Foundation Server is to upgrade it to early builds so that we can get some “bake time” with them and feel confident with what we’re releasing to customers....
  • Blog Post: VSTS Pioneer TFS2010 Dogfood Server: Statistics September 2009

    ( See this summary on the VSTS Pioneer dogfood server and all the other posts .) September was a busy month for dogfooding TFS – all of the VSTS team were completely moved across and on 9/17 we upgraded to an almost final TFS2010 Beta 2 build. Here are the numbers from the end of September: Recent Users...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Pioneer TFS2010 Dogfood Server – Hardware & Topology

    (This blog post is part of a series of posts on the new VSTS Pioneer TFS dogfood server .) While running the main TFS server for ~3,500 users in Developer Division we got a pretty good idea of the hardware required to support our enormous number of files, local versions & branches. We knew...
  • Blog Post: TFS Performance Report Pack now works with SSRS2005

    Back in February, I released some of the reports that were created for our internal TFS servers on my blog as the TFS Performance Report Pack . I got countless emails and comments on the fact that some of them didn’t work with SQL Reporting Services 2005. Fortunately, Jim Saunders from the Developer...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System 2010 Team Foundation Server Beta 1 Installation Problems

    First of all, see my last post Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta 1 Download Links for all the download links and installation docs. Also check out Brian Keller’s post on Using a download manager to quickly download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 . We greatly value your feedback. Please fill in the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Announcing TFS Performance Report Pack

    Update 6/23/2009 : Due to popular demand, Jim from the Developer Support team at Microsoft has re-created the three reports that required SQL2008 Reporting Services. See the support team blog for more details . Update 7/13/2010: These reports also work with TFS2010. When you setup the data source...
  • Blog Post: TFS Adoption at Microsoft – November 2008

    Every month our internal teams put together statistics on the TFS servers deployed at Microsoft. Previous statistics can be found here: September 2008 August 2008 August 2007 Developer Division Dogfood Statistics One of the noteworthy milestones this month is total Work Items stored has now surpassed...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 CTP VPC will expire Jan 1 2009

    If you are running the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 CTP under Virtual PC or Hyper-V, you should know that the copy of Visual Studio installed in the VPC is set to expire. After January 1, 2009, you will no longer be able to launch the Visual Studio in the VS2010 CTP. This is due to a hard...
  • Blog Post: Remotely connecting to a Hyper-V virtual machine with networking disabled

    In a previous blog post, I explained the steps to convert the VS2010 CTP VPC from Virtual PC to Hyper-V . When using virtual machines, sometimes you don’t want them to be connected to any network. This is especially true with the Team Foundation Server 2010 CTP VPC – if you connect it to the network...
  • Blog Post: Downloading all PDC2008 session videos

    If you missed out on PDC this year, you probably know that all the sessions were recorded and made available on MSDN’s Channel9. It’s not immediately obvious from the Channel9 site, but it is possible to get an RSS feed of all the videos that are available. This makes it very easy to download all...
  • Blog Post: Query Work Items changed in recent hours

    Yesterday I got another question on one of our internal mailing list and I remembered it as one that I’ve answered before on OzTFS.com . The answer comes from this MSDN forum post . By default, the TFS Work Item Query engine operates in “date precision” mode. This means that you can only run queries...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0

    The press release just went live over on MS press pass. Go and have a look at the enticing screenshots and read the Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010 overview on MSDN . This is the release formally code-named “Rosario”. And best of all, Brian Keller is running Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week...
  • Blog Post: TFS Adoption at Microsoft

    It’s been 12 months since Brian blogged about Team Foundation Server adoption across all of Microsoft (not just Developer Division Dogfood Statistics ). Since I’m now on the team responsible for internal adoption I’ll share some of the numbers that we publish every month. The growth of unique active...
  • Blog Post: Book Review of Team Foundation Server 2008 in Action

    Earlier in the year I was contacted by Manning Publications to participate in the Manning Early Access Program (MEAP) . They provided me with an unedited draft of a new book " Team Foundation Server 2008 in Action " (ISBN 1933988592) by Jamil Azher and asked me as a TFS subject matter expert to post...
  • Blog Post: What product key do I use for TFS Proxy?

    TFS Proxy uses the same product key that you use to install Team Foundation Server. If you are a volume licensed customer and you are using the volume license media, then the product key will be filled out automatically and the input boxes will be disabled. If you are a volume licensed customer and you...
  • Blog Post: How do I do a full text search of TFS Work Items?

    The easiest way to do this is to use the search functionality built into Team System Web Access (TSWA) . This uses the SQL Server Fulltext search engine in the back-end. This will find all matches of the string in not just the title of the work item, but the description as well. One of the questions...
  • Blog Post: TF30321: The name you typed is already used for another team project

    Recently I helped a customer who was having trouble creating a team project. They tried to create a project by name “Project1” It failed saying that it could not connect to Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) They fixed the permissions to sharepoint They can create a new team project by the...
  • Blog Post: TF84034: Team Foundation was unable to initialize the workbook

    If you insert a column into an Excel workbook that is bound to TFS, you may get the following error: TF84034: Team Foundation was unable to initialize the workbook.  This document will no longer be associated with a Team Foundation server. When I first heard about this error, the customer had moved...
  • Blog Post: Scripting TFS workspace creation

    I've worked with teams that have a common way of configuring workspace and working folder mappings. Although you could save these mappings to a wiki and let people copy-and-paste them into the workspaces dialog , there is another way. A great way to share these mappings would be to script them using...
  • Blog Post: tf.exe: Unable to determine the workspace

    Sometimes when you're working with the tf.exe and tfpt.exe command-line tools you'll come across this error: D:\code\ProjectX>tf.exe checkout MyFile.cs Unable to determine the workspace. This error happens when the command can’t find which local directory maps to which server path. Obviously...
  • Blog Post: TF30076: Confirm that the server name is correct

    If you are using the command line TFS tools, you may have come across this error: TF30076: The server name tfs-server provided does not correspond to a server URI that can be found. Confirm that the server name is correct. Usually you'll come across this after you've rebuilt your machine or you're working...
  • Blog Post: How to: Copy and paste workspace mappings

    One of the very little known tricks when dealing with Workspace mappings in TFS Source Control is that you can actually copy & paste working folders . This can be useful if you need to share workspace mappings between team members. You can just copy and paste them between developers. To create a...
  • Blog Post: TFS Orcas SP1 & Rosario Evaluations & Hints

    One of the Team System MVPs – Willy-Peter has put together a PDF giving you a walk through of the most recent Rosario CTP . What I love about this is that it’s very easy to consume and pass on to others. Also included is an overview of what to expect in the 2008 SP1 (page 84) and some general tips for...
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