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  • Blog Post: Action required: VS 2008 VPCs will expire on Nov 1st 2007

    VS 2008 VPCs will expire (prematurely) on Nov 1st 2007. This is much earlier than expected/intended. So, if you're currently using a VS 2008 VPC and have information stored in TFS that you need to keep then you need to take action ASAP to back up your TFS databases so you can move them to updated VPCs...
  • Blog Post: TFS Best Practices Analyzer

    Brian Harry announced the release of the Sept 2007 TFS Power Tools which contains the TFS Best Practices Analyzer, a tool to help you diagnose problems with your system and to highlight what hasn't been configured correctly. Here's a summary of what it does; Gathers configuration information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Team Foundation Server Branching Guidance

    Want to know how Microsoft handles branching and merging? Then take a look at this great guide for doing branching and merging with TFS available on Codeplex. In particular, read the Feature Crews: How Microsoft Does It section which discusses the feature crew model which originated in the Office...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Case Studies

    Just a link post really, but there are lots of VSTS case studies available at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/search.aspx?ProTaxID=2671 . That link will return you the full list, but you can try Microsoft Case Studies to filter based on Microsoft Visual Studio Team System and your Industry, Organisation...
  • Blog Post: Final TFS 2008 Feature List

    Brian Harry has posted what he believes to be the final feature list for TFS 2008. A few interesting ones: Support for Windows Server 2008 Support for SQL Server 2008 Support for HTTPS communication to the TFS server Simpler installation :-) - Incidentally, some of stuff on the list...
  • Blog Post: 5 Features I'm glad to see in Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server

    Apart from CI support which I wrote about in a previous post there's a whole bunch of new features in TFS which are noteworthy, such as SQL named-instance support (so multiple TFS instances can share a SQL server), simplified installation, support for things like log shipping and more. But here are 5...
  • Blog Post: TFS Migration / Integration / Extensibility

    In my experience, people tend to like TFS when they see it and a typical next question is "How can I start using it with my existing systems?" Unless you're starting from scratch, what this typically boils down to is a question of once-off migration vs. integration. Migrating from Visual SourceSafe...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Integration with Visual Studio 2008 (“Orcas”) Team Foundation Server

    I first started using Continuous Integration (CI) in 2002 when my then company started eXtreme Programming – I found it great and subsequently introduced it at every opportunity using combinations of CruiseControl / scheduled tasks and so on. When I started using Team Foundation Server I was a little...
  • Blog Post: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Guide - Beta 1

    My f irst post on this blog! Hope that cross posting to http://blogs.msdn.com/ireland works :-) Take a look at the Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Guide which is now available for download. If you're already using or just looking at TFS, then this guide will show you how you...
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