Matt Mitrik

Program Manager | TFS | Version Control | Migration

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  • Blog Post: Professional Team Foundation Server 2010

    This week I received my copy of one of the latest books on TFS: Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 .  This book is a great reference for anyone that is working with TFS and is looking for more deep knowledge on setup, administration, advanced branching and merging, migration, build automation...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Check-in Actions in your Process Template

    In my last post, I told users about a client side hack that we added to change the default check-in action from “Resolve” to “Associate”.  Most of the time I’ve heard questions about this, it is because a team has customized their process template to no longer include the Resolve state or adopted...
  • Blog Post: How To: Make “Associate” the default action for work items

    I’ve heard this one a lot lately from many people, so I felt it was time to share more broadly. While there is no way to do this in the UI in TFS 2010, there is a registry key that we added late in our release cycle to allow users to configure the default work item association. To make “Associate”...
  • Blog Post: TFS Integration Tools Released on Visual Studio Gallery

    Over the weekend, our team released the first fully supported version of the Team Foundation Server Integration Tools. This suite of tools has been developed by the TFS product group with help from the Visual Studio ALM Rangers to provide a comprehensive package to help teams that are migrating from...
  • Blog Post: Tips when creating a workspace

    I’ve been working with our content team to help publish some guidance on MSDN around using workspaces.  To date, it has been one of the biggest points of confusion for users that are new to TFS, so we made a point to create new topics with those points of confusion in mind.  While we’re still...
  • Blog Post: How do I find the history for a renamed folder in TFS 2010?

    I came across this question while responding to some customer suggestions, so I thought I should make the answer easy to find should others be wondering the same thing… In the UI, history of folders is recursive - always .  This is because most of the time, users care about the history of the contents...
  • Blog Post: Version Control 2010 Upgrade Hotfix Published

    Recently, I blogged about an issue in the TFS 2010 upgrade that affected the contents of labels and merge relationships.  If you have not yet upgraded to TFS 2010, the hotfix is now available and is highly recommended to be applied before configuring your team project collections.  The hotfix...
  • Blog Post: Version Control Upgrade KB Article Published

    Today we published a KB article for a recently discovered issue when upgrading from TFS 2005/2008 to TFS 2010.  This issue exhibits symptoms in both merge and labels – from the KB: Labels that were created before the upgrade are entirely empty.  Labels could be also have incorrect contents...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010 File Corruption KB Article Published

    Recently, we published a KB article that is related to files being downloaded from version control with the incorrect contents. The symptoms from the article: After restoring a Team Project Collection (TPC) from a backup, files downloaded from Team Foundation Server through version control operations...
  • Blog Post: Branching by Label in TFS 2010

    Several people have noticed that in TFS 2010 the option to branch by label in the UI is no longer present, so I wanted to put up a short post on the subject until we have a chance to fix this (which will hopefully be very near RTM). This change was the result of multiple changes in 2010 around branching...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade vs. Migration: TFS Integration Platform

    This is the seventh blog post in a series about Upgrade and Migration for TFS . In some migration scenarios, neither upgrading servers nor losing history are viable options: “I have Team Projects I need to migrate from one existing TFS 2008 server to another TFS 2008 server, and I need to keep...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade vs. Migration: Tip Migration

    This is the sixth blog post in a series about Upgrade and Migration for TFS . Thus far, all of the recommended approaches for scenarios involving migrations of data between TFS 2010 servers have started with upgrade. For some customers, upgrade may not be an option (in the cases where it is an option...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade vs. Migration: Team Project Move

    This is the fifth blog post in a series about Upgrade and Migration for TFS . A common migration scenario is one involving moving Team Projects between servers: “I have a Team Project on one TFS server that I need to migrate to another TFS server” This can be a challenging task, especially when migrating...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade vs. Migration: Server Move

    This is the fourth blog post in a series about Upgrade and Migration for TFS . There are some customers that present migration scenarios that are focused on hardware changes: “I want to migrate my TFS server to a new set of hardware” In the case of an upgrade to TFS 2010 being performed in conjunction...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade vs. Migration: Server Consolidation During Upgrade

    This is the third blog post in a series about Upgrade and Migration for TFS . Sometimes, customers present more complex scenarios that aren’t solved by a simple upgrade: “I have two TFS 2008 servers that I need to migrate to a single TFS 2010 server” Often times, upgrade scenarios are paired with other...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade vs. Migration: Upgrading to a Newer Version of TFS

    This is the second blog post in a series about Upgrade and Migration for TFS . One of the most common statements I hear from customers looking at migration is similar to the following: “I have a TFS 2005/2008 server and I want to migrate to TFS 2010” This is not a migration scenario, but rather an upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade vs. Migration: Definitions

    Being the Migration PM for the TFS team, I get a lot of “migration” questions from users.  After a few rounds of questions, most of the time the conclusion is reached that the user wanted something other than migration, say, an upgrade.  With the RTM release of TFS 2010 just months away, I...
  • Blog Post: New Branch and Merge Permissions

    In a previous blog post about the new First Class Branches that we have added in TFS 2010, I mentioned the addition of two new permissions related to branching and merging.  In this post, I want to go into a bit more detail about these permissions, explaining what each enables, the motivation for...
  • Blog Post: Using VSS Converter in TFS 2010 Beta 2

    TFS 2010 Beta 2 has been out for a few days now, and I’ve heard of quite a few users hitting errors when trying to migrate their VSS databases to TFS using VSS Converter.  If you’ve hit the error message below, keep reading for a workaround that enables you to use VSS Converter from TFS 2010 Beta...
  • Blog Post: Forward Compatibility Release for Team Explorer 2008

    Today, as you have probably heard by now, was the public release of TFS 2010 Beta 2 .  We’ve got a ton of improvements in this release, including some awesome styling changes for the branch visualization features that I’ve blogged about previously.  I have some screenshots coming in a future...
  • Blog Post: Branch Hierarchy Visualization

    One of the new branch visualizations we’ve added allows users to see the hierarchical relationship between branches.  That is, the visualization shows the logical relationships between a family of related branches.  Typically, branches only have parent-child relationships that are established...
  • Blog Post: First Class Branches

    Introducing the concept of “first class branches” is a significant part of the 2010 release for version control.  Not only does it help to distinguish between folders and branches, but it enables our branch visualizations, and provides a platform on which to build other branch centric features in...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Version Control in TFS 2010?

    Something I’ve been waiting to do is to blog about all of the great features we have added to version control in TFS 2010.  Now that the Beta 1 bits have been published, I’m planning a series of blog posts to cover each feature we’ve added to the product.  Brian Harry has started some of this...
  • Blog Post: Changing to Slot Mode in TFS 2010 Version Control

    In TFS 2010, one of the more significant changes that we made to our version control platform was how we identify items.  Previously, version control operated in what we called “item mode” and in TFS 2010 it operates in “slot mode”.  To better understand the motivation and impact of these changes...
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