Rob Caron

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  • Blog Post: Extending Team Foundation Server with Sidekicks by Attrice

    I received e-mail from Eugene Zakhareyev informing me about the release of version 1.0 of Team Build Sidekick add-in for Visual Studio ( Team Build Sidekick addin ) from Attrice Corporation . This add-in, another in a line of Team Foundation Server add-ins contributed to the community by Attrice, allows...
  • Blog Post: stpBA Storyboarding for Team System

    Today, I received an e-mail from Badr Khan of stpSoft about stpBA Storyboarding for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System . Here’s a brief intro from the site: stpBA Storyboarding for Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team System allows a business analyst or analyst developer to elaborate...
  • Blog Post: Ensuring Team Foundation Server Availability

    I got an e-mail from Gloria asking, “My group is currently looking at the evaluation software for TFS. I was wondering if it's possible to run TFS on two servers in tandem, so that in case one goes down, the system will fail over to the other. If so, can you advise us how to keep the two synchronized...
  • Blog Post: IIS 5.0 Isolation Mode and Team Foundation Server

    It’s not mentioned in the Team Foundation Installation Guide yet, but be aware that Team Foundation Server will not install if IIS is configured to Run WWW service in IIS 5.0 isolation mode ( Configuring Isolation Modes ). Yesterday, I saw an e-mail from one of our Developer Tech Specialists...
  • Blog Post: Hands on with Microsoft Team System

    I received e-mail this morning from Tim Anderson of ITWriting.com announcing the publication of his Team System review on The Register . His review speaks highly of the Team Foundation installation docs, most of which I wrote for earlier releases until late last year when I handed them off to someone...
  • Blog Post: The Trouble with Thickets

    About a week ago, I received an e-mail asking the following: I found this weird problem in VSTS/Sharepoint 2003. Create any folder call "my_files" under any of your TFS project. e.g TFSTest\Documents\Development\My_files. Now go to your portal page and look for the same folder. It has been...
  • Blog Post: Why I Prefer Virtual Server

    Following a post I made earlier this month about my preference for Virtual Server over Virtual PC , I’ve received comments and e-mail asking me to elaborate. Ever since I learned that it works on Windows XP, I’ve preferred Virtual Server 2005 R2 over Virtual PC for running virtual machines...
  • Blog Post: Managing Version Control Workspaces

    Do you have the need to manage a lot of workspaces? Would you rather have a Windows GUI to use instead of the TF.exe command-line utility? I got e-mail today from Eugene Zakhareyev of Attrice announcing the availability of a freeware utility, Workspace Sidekick , that does just that. Thanks, Eugene!...
  • Blog Post: VSSConverter GUI

    I got e-mail from Eyal Post of EPocalipse Software today that he has built a GUI front-end for the VSSConverter tool, which is the command-line utility that helps you migrate source from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Version Control. See his post . Thanks, Eyal! If you’re going to migrate...
  • Blog Post: Pro Visual Studio 2005 Team System eBook

    Today, I learned about this new offer from an e-mail Ian Smith sent me. Apress has a new program called betaBook, which lets you purchase an electronic version of titles that are in the final phase of publication. This gets you early access to new titles at a steep discount from the retail price of...
  • Blog Post: Viewing All Team Project Portal Sites

    Today, I received e-mail from Matt asking why he can’t find all of the team project portal sites in the list of Sites and Workspaces found at http:// Application-TierComputer /_layouts/ lcid /mngsubwebs.aspx?view=sites . After all, this list includes all subsites beneath this top-level site, right? Technically...
  • Blog Post: TDD in Agitator and Team System

    Today, I received e-mail from Tim Anderson of Tim Anderson’s ITWriting that he wrote an article on Reg Developer comparing Agitator and Team System’s testing tools, and their use in Test-Driven Development (TDD) ( Agitating Java and testing Windows ). Team System is a huge step forward...
  • Blog Post: Process Guidance Print Tool

    In a forum post last month ( MSF 4 CMMI Implementation ), Vinay Mishra asked where to get a printable version of MSF for CMMI Process Improvement. At the time, I told him there really wasn’t a solution for this. However, Mariano Szklanny sent me an e-mail last week saying that he has built a tool...
  • Blog Post: Project Server - Team Foundation Server Integration

    A recent e-mail touched on a FAQ we usually get about integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server. I hope the answer that follows answers this question. Here’s an excerpt from the e-mail: Can you tell me when Microsoft plans to integrate TFS with Project Server? I understand...
  • Blog Post: Team System for Tech Writers

    Melanie wrote in to ask me, “I am trying to find information on, examples of, how technical writers or documentation departments have fit themselves into the dev process using [Team System].” This question has arisen a few times in e-mail and in the MSDN Forums. Unfortunately, we don’t have an integrated...
  • Blog Post: CS-Converter - Migrating Source to Team Foundation

    With this post I figured I'd tie up some loose ends with one post. I got e-mail recently asking about migrating from Subversion to Team Foundation Server. It just so happens that Buck Hodges blogged about such a tool earlier this month. Today, I got e-mail from David Matyas from Component Software asking...
  • Blog Post: Team System Third-Party Products

    I was recently contacted by Tim Anderson of ITWriting.com . Tim recently posted on his blog about third-party support for Team System ( Who will *really* support Team System? ). In his e-mail to me he asked, "I wondered if you have a list of significant and properly integrated 3rd party extensions or...
  • Blog Post: Where are the Web Tests?

    Here’s a question from Glenn: So, do you have an idea as to why I don't have "Web Test" as an option on a Test Project? I just have Unit and Ordered tests. Do I need to do something to get that to show up? I contacted Glenn and he has Team Edition for Software Developers. As should be noted...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Team Foundation Server

    In my Inbox today is this FAQ from Wade: I've already setup a Team Foundation Server, and it seems to be running great. Now I want to setup a developer workstation to work with it -- what version of Visual Studio should I install? To access Team Foundation Server, you need to install Team Explorer...
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