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  • Blog Post: Migration Toolkit Pre-release nears 100 downloads ...

    At this time 98 people have downloaded the TFS Migration and Synchronization Toolkit . Ok - some of you are saying "100? What's the big deal? A picture of a rabbit with a pancake on it's head gets more downloads every hour!" And they would be right. But think big picture - what if 50% of the downloaders...
  • Blog Post: Migration Toolkit Pre-Release published on CodePlex

    Interested in writing a migration tool targeting (or synchronizing with) Team Foundation Server version control or workitem tracking? Then check out the pre-release of the TFS Migration and Synchronization Toolkit on CodePlex! http://www.codeplex.com/MigrationSyncToolkit This drop is the complete...
  • Blog Post: TFS Migration Toolkit Spec released for public review

    As Matt noted on the migration blog a working copy of the toolkit specification has been released. You can download it and leave feedback from this link: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa948851.aspx If you have feedback on migration scenarios for version control, work item tracking or...
  • Blog Post: How to handle VSSConverter UserMap.xml files for users who no longer exist

    When running the VSS to TFS converter (VSSConverter.exe) one of the most common questions I hear is how to create a UserMap.xml file for users who are no longer with the company or have had their accounts renamed. My first suggestion is that any customer who has to deal with this issue (or any...
  • Blog Post: WSS Rant – Linking to the latest version of a sharepoint document considered harmful. (Lessons 6 and 7)

    SharePoint does not have persistent hyperlinks for all document revisions. More specifically – SharePoint has two methods for linking to documents: the canonical path and the revision paths. The canonical path is the latest copy of the document at the time of the download request. Every time a...
  • Blog Post: WSS Rant - finding out what changed is much more difficult then it should be. (Lessons 4 and 5)

    In my previous rant I made this statement (quoted out of context): Migrating WSS content to TFS? Piece of cake. Just enumerate each WSS change and replay the action in TFS. If you are doing an incremental migration then just enumerate those changes that have occurred since the last time you checked...
  • Blog Post: The SharePoint client object model, chevy pickups and three important lessons.

    If I could do it all over again I would take auto shop class in high school. I didn’t know it at the time but I really enjoy automotive technology. I have bought several text books used in automotive tech classes and read them cover to cover several times. I have a small library of books on the repair...
  • Blog Post: I'll be talking about migrating WSS document libraries to TFS source control for a while

    As Matt has mentioned on the TFS Migration blog we’re working on a migration toolkit and, specifically, a sample converter tool to keep WSS document libraries in sync with a location in the TFS source control server. One of the most common questions I get when people hear this is “Why a WSS converter...
  • Blog Post: hexadecimal value 0x07, is an invalid character

    Every once in a while I get a message that at first baffles me but once I understand the problem it's hand-smackingly obvious. This error message was one of those. "hexadecimal value 0x07, is an invalid character" By now I’ve run into this problem a few times and with a few different converters...
  • Blog Post: How long should a version control migration to TFS take?

    I'm curious what you think. Imagine you have an installation of Generic Version Control System with 500,000 items you intend to migrate to TFS. Each item has, on average, 3 revisions of history. So you have 1.5 million revisions. And let's say that this was done over 200,000 changsets. Also, if you...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Chat - Wed, Nov 8th

    There is an upcoming Team System chat on the 8th. I will be involved to field questions on version control migration and the new QueryMergesWithDetails API that became available in SP1. Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team...
  • Blog Post: Choosing a host process type for a version control migration tool

    Last time I mentioned that we’d look at more architectural decisions for a migration tool – specifically what type of process it should be hosted in. Some common arguments I hear for the various approaches are: 1) It should be written in a scripting language so the hosting process is the interpreter...
  • Blog Post: TFS Migration has a blog now...

    A quick pointer to the TFS migration blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/TFS_Migration/ I'm going to keep my thoughts on VC migration issues here but that blog is where more formal announcements regarding the future of TFS migration will be made.
  • Blog Post: Time travel, 20 questions and the power of free soda.

    Yesterday I presented 20 questions that I think are a good starting point when designing or evaluating a version control migration product. The point is basically to get folks thinking about what should be migrated, how it should be migrated and what would happen if that data were not there. Last...
  • Blog Post: It’s Time for the Version Control Migration Feud!

    Introducing on Team Foundation Server family! We have Work Item Tracking, Team Build, Version Control and the Data Warehouse!” And the “Other System” family! With Proprietary Bug Tracking, Informal Build Process and Your Version Control System of Choice! On Your Marks! Let’s start the… VC MIGRATION...
  • Blog Post: Writing Version Control Migration Tools - Handling Namespace Cycles

    Last time I discussed the issues surrounding namespace conflicts when designing a version control migration tool. The basic lesson was that there are times when operations must be executed in a specific order for them to migrate properly. But what if there are namespace collisions for which there is...
  • Blog Post: Writing Version Control Migration Tools - Handling Namespace Conflicts

    Migrating from one version control system to another is tough. I don’t care what the internet forums are saying or what Joe from down the hall told you. It’s hard. Very hard. Deceptively hard. The obvious algorithm looks trivial: FOR EACH Changeset CS in History DO FOR EACH Change C in Changeset...
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