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  • Blog Post: TFS Command Line Katas: Part 1 – Basic TF.exe Concepts

    The TFS command line client, tf.exe, is a powerful tool that may be somewhat intimidating or elusive to learn if you primarily work through within Visual Studio. In fact, you can do many things in tf.exe that are not available through the Visual Studio source control interface. tf.exe has been around...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer is Included in Visual Studio 2010

    Here’s a quick tidbit that might save you sometime as you install VS2010 and TFS2010 RC.  In our previous releases, Team Explorer (the client for TFS) was a separate installation.  In VS 2010, it’s now included in the setup for Visual Studio Professional, Premium, and Ultimate.  This means...
  • Blog Post: Roundup: Tips For Improving TFS 2008 SP1 Performance

    From time to time, I get questions from customers on how to diagnose performance issues with their TFS 2008 SP1 servers and how to improve performance. Here’s a set of blog posts I refer to frequently, now rounded up into one convenient place: General TFS Performance TFS Performance. Episode 1 - The...
  • Blog Post: Some Benefits of “Checkout” in TFS Version Control

    One of the more common points of confusion around TFS source control is the checkout model.  This typically comes from users who are more familiar with the checkout-less model (e.g. Subversion).  I acknowledge the TFS approach is a different model, and there are certain advantages and disadvantages...
  • Blog Post: How to undo a pending change in a workspace you no longer have

    Not that it’s a huge deal to have stale workspaces lying around, but if you’ve ever wondered how to undo a pending change on a workspace you no longer have (e.g. if you repaved your computer to install Windows 7 and didn’t delete your TFS workspaces first), here’s how to do it: 1. Fire up the Visual...
  • Blog Post: How to connect to a TFS 2010 server from a 2008 Team Explorer client

    In TFS 2010, we’ve added a new organizational concept called Team Project Collections . This abstraction helps with flexibility in administration scenarios. One TFS 2010 server can host multiple collections of Team Projects. When you’re connecting to a TFS 2010 server, think of a collection...
  • Blog Post: Mining Work Items for Opportunities to Improve Your Engineering Process

    One of the things I spend a lot of time doing as a test manager is mining for interesting data in our work item tracking system (TFS of course).  For example, this morning, I went through a query of bugs that had been resolved as “won’t fix” but were also marked as regressions from previous releases...
  • Blog Post: Help! Files in my bin directory are automatically added to source control!

    You’re pulling your hair out.  Any file saved to the bin directory (even log files and temporary files you generate) end up getting added to source code control.  You’re getting more frustrated by the minute, especially when you try to build and some other developer already has binary files...
  • Blog Post: Make Sure You Reinstall VS 2008 SP1 After Installing Team Explorer

    If you installed Team Explorer into Visual Studio after you applied Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, you’ll need to re-apply the service pack.  If you don’t, then you’ll be running an unsupported “mixed mode” installation, meaning the core Visual Studio components will be at the SP1 servicing...
  • Blog Post: Check out the new VSTS Community Website on MSDN

    We've just launched a new page on MSDN to help give some visibility to the great contributions from the VSTS community.  Check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts2008/bb964396.aspx .
  • Blog Post: TFS Build Tweeter renamed

    TFS Build Tweeter has been renamed to TFS Build Monitor to better refelct its purpose. This cool community project can send out alerts for TFS Build events via Twitter or light up a USB powered " build light ". Visit the project's page on Codeplex for more information. Thanks to Steve for the tip!
  • Blog Post: NotAtPDC - A Conference for the Rest of Us

    If you're like me, you're sitting at your desk working today instead of attending PDC '08 .  Luckily, sessions are available from Channel9 24 hours after each event (tags: PDC 2008 , PDC08 ), so you can still get all the scoop.  First up for TFS today will be Brian Harry's talk from yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Preview of next TFS Power Tools Release

    Chances are you’ve already heard about this, but if you don’t read Brian Harry’s blog regularly, this is one post you don’t want to miss .  Brian has posted some screenshots and details about our upcoming TFS Power Tools release.  This isn’t your typical can of “nice to have” widgets… This...
  • Blog Post: BuildTweeter - TFS Build Publisher for Twitter

    If you’re looking for even more ways to get pinged by your build server, check out release v0.1 of BuildTweeter on CodePlex.  It’s a handy little Windows service that monitors build events and build quality change events and will post them to the Twitter account of your choosing.  Of course...
  • Blog Post: Dot Net Rocks episode 373 is all about TFS 2008

    I should probably listen to the whole episode before blogging this :)  DNR Episode 373 was just posted, and it features Brian Randell and Martin Woodward talking about all the goodness in TFS 2008.  Now stop reading my blog and go listen!
  • Blog Post: Why "Get Latest" sometimes doesn't...

    I've seen quite a bit of angst from new TFS users over the "Get Latest Version" behavior in Team Foundation Server source code control, so I think it's worth a bit of discussion. The most common issue people report is that issuing the "Get Latest Version" doesn't actually bring the...
  • Blog Post: TFS Installation and Administration guides updated for VS 2008 SP1

    With today's release of VS 2008 SP1 (including Team Foundation Server 2008 SP1), we've updated the Installation and Administration guides for TFS. If you are planning to deploy TFS SP1, please download and review these versions of the guides before proceeding. If you have any questions or encounter any...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta is live!

    The Beta release of Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is live and available for download!  For users of Team Foundation Server, there are 2 downloads: Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (Beta) Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server Service Pack 1 (Beta) The first download should be applied to machines with...
  • Blog Post: For review: New docs for moving a TFS server from one hardware configuration to another

    The VSTS User Education team has posted a draft of updated documentation for the topic "Moving Team Foundation Server From One Configuration To Another" for public review. An undocumented change to the RenameDT command essentially invalidated the docs we had, so this version should clear the story up...
  • Blog Post: March 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools Released

    Brian Harry has blogged all the details , so I won't repeat them all here.  In particular, I know several of you have been pinging us for tool to configure 64-bit Sharepoint for TFS 2008, so, you'll be happy to know that this has been included as a separate download in this Power Tools release. ...
  • Blog Post: Can your version control system hold 236 million files?

    Brian Harry has blogged our current TFS dogfood server statistics (our internal deployment of Team Foundation Server). Some of the numbers continue to amaze me. For example, we currently have over 236 million files stored on the server! In the last 7 days alone, over 118 million files were downloaded...
  • Blog Post: Ekobit TeamCompanion

    Another player in the TFS-to-Outlook space is Ekobit's TeamCompanion .  Specifically, TeamCompanion integrates TFS workitems into Outlook, giving you the ability to work offline with workitems, integrate with desktop search, create new workitems from e-mails, attach e-mails to workitems easily,...
  • Blog Post: Are you prepared?

    http://www.microsoftreality.com/raleigh/
  • Blog Post: TeamExpand releases TXLooker, TFS-to-Outlook bridge

    TeamExpand sent me a notice this morning that they've released their newest product, TXLooker. It's a bridge between TFS and Outlook. Some of TXLooker's key features include: Add, edit, and delete tasks (Work Items) Report bugs and issues Report time spent on Work Items Link e-mails and...
  • Blog Post: Web Chat with the VSTS Team - April 9th

    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. Add to Calendar April...
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