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  • Blog Post: How to configure HTTP access to the TFS Analysis Services Cube

    This is a fairly obscure Team Foundation Server (TFS) and SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) configuration, but if you find yourself in this situation, it is another option for making the TFS Analysis Services cube available to your users. I would be surprised if it was ever tested by the TFS product...
  • Blog Post: Team Build 2010: Associate Changesets and Work Items with a Dummy Build

    Jason Prickett has a blog post called Creating Fake Builds in TFS Build 2010 . It includes code for creating a dummy build service host, build controller, build definition and then a build result ( IBuildDetail ). One thing that isn’t shown is how to associate Changesets and Work Items to the build result...
  • Blog Post: TFS: Empty Process Template

    Over the last few years, I've occasionally had a need for an empty or minimal process template. For example: You are setting up a sync with the TFS Integration Tools and you want to do a "context sync" (i.e. let the tool copy the Work Item Types, Areas/Iterations, Global Lists from one server to...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010: What Service Packs and Hotfixes Should I Install?

    Team Foundation Server 2010 was released in April 2010. Since then, there have been a number of important Service Packs, Cumulative Updates and hotfixes that have been made available based upon internal usage at Microsoft and customer feedback via the support organisation. This blog post is an attempt...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Update Activity Logging Cleanup Interval

    Every command that a user executes in TFS is logged to the database. This is very useful for investigating performance issues and other things. I’ve blogged before about how to query this table for TFS2008. Those same queries work for TFS2010 as well. By default, each night a job runs that deletes log...
  • 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: TFS2010 Upgrade: Compatibility of tools

    When you upgrade from Team Foundation Server 2008 to 2010, one of the things you need to check is the compatibility of the tools that people rely on and use the server with. Without careful preparation this can have a significant impact on your user's experience after the server is upgraded. As an example...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: How to enable compression for SOAP traffic

    When we upgraded our internal servers to TFS2010, some of our remote users noticed that HTTP compression was used for some traffic, but not all. HTTP compression was enabled for file downloads from source control and for web access pages but we weren’t compressing the SOAP responses to clients for Work...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Large & Resumable Check-in Support

    Problem The DevDiv mainline contains over 200GB of content and more than 1.8 million files. Any version control operations that had to deal with this amount of content would occasionally run into two problems: If the number of pending changes is more than ~300,000, then the client might not be able to...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: DevDiv TFS Server Upgraded

    Back in April, the week before the VS2010 worldwide launch we successfully upgraded the server to TFS2010 RTM. Because this is such a large server and almost 4,000 people in the division depend on it for their day-to-day work, it took a couple of months of planning, testing and dry-runs to get done....
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Create a new Team Project Collection from Powershell and C#

    Team Foundation Server 2010 has the great new Administration Console, however one of the shortcomings of it is that you have to run it on the TFS Application Tier itself. The team wants to have a tool that allows remote server administration, however it required more time than we had for this release...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Warehouse and Job Service Administrator Reports

    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...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Invoking TFS web services using PowerShell

    In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to invoke the Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Web Services remotely using Windows PowerShell 2.0. There are some TFS administrative functions that can only be performed remotely using the TFS ASMX web services. Over time, there will be powertools and functionality...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: What happens to subscriptions after an upgrade?

    Both TFS2008 and TFS2010 allow users to create subscriptions to events. These can be Work Item events, CheckIn events and others. They are created via the ‘Project Alerts’ option in Team Explorer or Web Access, or the ‘Alerts’ feature in the Team Foundation Power Tools.  An administrator can also...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Object Model API changes after Beta 2

    Update: You should read this post in conjunction with Taylor's blog post: Introducing the TfsConnection, TfsConfigurationServer and TfsTeamProjectCollection Classes Based on feedback that we received both internally and externally we decided to make a rather significant change to the TFS client object...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Older clients not able to connect

    When the Forward Compatibility GDR for Visual Studio 2008 shipped, a change was made to the Team Foundation Server 2010 code that blocks incompatible clients. That means that after TFS2010 beta2, clients that don’t have a forward-compatible patch installed, won’t be able to connect.  For more information...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Troubleshooting SharePoint Dashboards data source problems

    In the TFS 2010 release, if you have the Enterprise features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) configured (i.e. Single Sign-On and Excel Services), then you can make TFS Excel Reports available to your users via a web site.  This is very compelling since Excel makes PivotTables and PivotCharts...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Pioneer TFS2010: SQL Backups

    ( See this summary on the VSTS Pioneer dogfood server and all the other posts .) Having an adequate backup strategy for your Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server is a very important part of any deployment. I’ll share with you how we are running backups on our Pioneer Dogfood TFS2010 server...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Public Workspaces

    Public Workspaces is a feature that we built last year mainly for our internal build lab customers. Before TFS2010, if one user tries to use a workspace that belongs to another user on the same machine, they will receive an error message: No workspace matching *;SecondUser on computer COMPUTER found...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Pioneer TFS2010 Dogfood Server: Statistics October 2009

    ( See this summary on the VSTS Pioneer dogfood server and all the other posts .) As with the last few months, October was another busy month for dogfooding TFS. Since the Pioneer server has been such a success for Work Item Tracking and Source Control, we’ve really ramped up our efforts to dogfood every...
  • Blog Post: TFS2010: Diagnosing Email and SOAP subscription failures

    Sometimes emails alerts such as "Work Item Changed" will fail to send. Sometimes SOAP (web service) subscriptions will not be called correctly. See Chris Sidi's blog for an overview of the TFS Job Agent service To diagnose these, you can look in the tbl_JobHistory table in the Tfs_Configuration...
  • 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: TFS2010: Installing pre-requisites from the command line

    On the Team Foundation Server team, there is a new build of the server every night that comes out of our build lab. These vary in quality throughout the development cycle and the QA teams look at them and rate them as “Self Test”, “Self Test (with workarounds)”, or “Self Toast”.  The QA & dev...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Pioneer TFS2010 Dogfood Server: Statistics August 2009

    (This blog post is part of a series of posts on the new VSTS Pioneer TFS dogfood server .) Everybody loves statistics, so here are the statistics for the first month on the VSTS Pioneer server. Recent Users: 415 Work Item Tracking Users with Assigned Work Items: 2,454 Work Items...
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