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  • Blog Post: Restrict Team Foundation Build permissions

    Do you have code that should be seen by only a subset of members of your on-premises team project collection? Do you use Team Foundation Build (TFBuild) ? If so, you must create some custom groups to reduce the risk that unauthorized team project collection members can use a build process to bypass team...
  • Blog Post: Conduct a Git pull request on Visual Studio Online

    When you want people on your team to review code in a Git team project on Visual Studio Online , you can use a pull request to review and merge the code. Pull requests enable developers working in topic branches to get feedback on their changes from other developers prior to submitting the code into...
  • Blog Post: Practical guidance for TFVC and TFS on Azure IaaS

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to highlight new and updated practical guidance that landed recently. TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS v1.4.BETA has shipped! The new guidance now includes practical, scenario-based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Engineering Stories - How We Build Software at Microsoft

    Before I joined Microsoft , I worked with many companies over many years helping them with transforming & improving their application lifecycle management practices. I was also very fortunate to have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP for many of those years and had the opportunity to interact closely...
  • Blog Post: TFS Lab Management with multiple SCVMM servers

    The ALM Rangers recently received a user request to clarify the following concept: “ with Team Foundation Server 2013 you can configure a different SCVMM server for each team project collection ”. This blog post, created by Richard Fennell , pulls together the discussions with Mathias Olausson...
  • Blog Post: Customization and configuration in VS ALM

    With Visual Studio ALM and TFS, you gain access to a wealth of tools, many of which you configure or can customize. Common areas that team's customize include team alerts, team home page, shared queries, and test platforms. For on-premises deployments, you can also add fields, customize work item types...
  • Blog Post: TFS Internal Usage Statistics - 1st Half CY 2013

    Summary The following analysis includes the Microsoft IT internal offering for TFS and includes trends throughout the first half of 2013 (January – June 2013). This only includes the TFS servers hosted by the IT offering. Overall, we are continuing to have consistent growth in IT servers. There...
  • Blog Post: Get started with some basic TFBuild scripts

    You want to run some of your business logic during your TFBuild process . Maybe before, or maybe after Team Foundation Build (TFBuild) compiles or tests your code. For example, before you compile, you want to set the version of your assembly files. Or after you compile, you want to control the build...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Git version control and Team Foundation Build

    I'm here today (and trying real hard to not be jealous of those of you reading this from beautiful San Francisco ) to share some new information about version control and Team Foundation Build (TFBuild) in Visual Studio 2013 Preview . Version control Git built in to Visual Studio and TFS ...
  • Blog Post: Help content for the Agile planning tools gets a makeover with TFS CU2

    With the latest VS ALM TFS update, we've given the help content for the Agile Planning tools a makeover - as you can see by going to Collaborate and Collaborate (dig deeper) . The collaborate content shows you how to use the Agile planning tools with the latest Visual Studio Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: How to fix “TF400898: An Internal Error Occurred.” on your Kanban board in TFS 2012 Update 2

    Kanban customizable columns was made publicly available in VS Update 2. You can read the release notes for an overview of the feature itself, and you can read an in-depth article to understand what happens under the hood. If you have an on premises installation of TFS, you might see the following error...
  • Blog Post: Use the Git command prompt to supplement Visual Studio

    By: Andy Lewis and Matthew Mitrik In Visual Studio Tools for Git we aim to offer the fundamental features you need to develop an app in a Git version-controlled codebase. We explain how to perform these tasks in previous posts such as Create, Connect, and Publish using Visual Studio with Git and in...
  • Blog Post: core.ignorecase corruption issue fixed in Visual Studio Tools for Git 0.8.0.0

    --> By: P. Kelley On 30 January 2013, we released the first preview version of the Visual Studio Tools for Git downloadable plugin for Visual Studio 2012. We recently became aware of two bugs in this initial preview release that we felt warranted public disclosure. The second preview version of...
  • Blog Post: Use Git 0.8.0.0 to run scheduled builds and resolve conflicts

    --> By: Andy Lewis and Matthew Mitrik Today we released Visual Studio Tools for Git 0.8.0.0. Install this release to get not only fixes to numerous bugs, (for details see the release notes on the gallery page ), but also an enhanced conflict resolution experience. You can now also create scheduled...
  • Blog Post: Customize Git settings in Visual Studio

    By: Andy Lewis and Matthew Mitrik Today we're here to help you: Specify how you identify yourself on the changes you commit Specify the default location for Git repositories Use images (from either TFS or Gravatar) to identify authors of commits Use a .gitignore file to block clutter...
  • Blog Post: What do you mean "This topic is no longer available" ?

    First off - sorry that you reached this page and are not able to easily find what you need. When you reach this page, it doesn't necessarily mean that the feature is no longer supported or that content is not available for it. For several releases, we've been streamlining our content with the...
  • Blog Post: Run CI builds in your Git team project

    --> Run CI builds in your Git team project --> Does your team use continuous integration (CI)? Are you an early adopter of the new Git capabilities in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service? If so, you'll be glad to hear that you can define a CI build process that automatically builds and...
  • Blog Post: Create, Connect, and Publish using Visual Studio with Git

    Create, Connect, and Publish using Visual Studio with Git --> By: Andy Lewis and Matthew Mitrik (MS) In the few days since we announced Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service support for Git , it's been exciting to see so much interest, along with a lot of great feedback and questions. We will...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Internal Usage of TFS: July - December 2012

    Summary The following analysis includes the IT internal offering for TFS and includes trends throughout the second half of 2012 (July – December 2012). Overall, we are continuing to have consistent growth in BGIT servers. The number of users has stayed consistent with some slight variation....
  • Blog Post: Fixes for TFS 2012 Update 1 (aka Cumulative Update 1 for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 1)

    We have now released a patch with a set of fixes for TFS 2012 Update 1. Many of you saw that we released a patch in early January and then pulled it down. This is the re-release. Shipping major changes to the server on this much faster cadence has been a learning experience for us. Brian wrote about...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service

    By Matthew Mitrik (MS) , Andy Lewis , and Martin Woodward Today we announced the availability of Git for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Service. In this post, we'll walk through the new experiences. Get set up: Get the free service , and then you can use it with any Git client tools you want...
  • Blog Post: How to connect to TF Service without a prompt for LiveID credentials

    Normally when you connect to the Team Foundation Service you are presented with a web page to log in with your Microsoft Account (aka LiveID). When you log in you can choose to have it remember you and you won’t have to enter your Microsoft Account credentials again (unless you don’t log...
  • Blog Post: Known Issue Upgrading from TFS 2012 Beta to Update 1

    We would like to convey some information about a known upgrade issue with the February 29th Team Foundation Server 2012 Beta release. Recently, one of our customers reported hitting a block when trying to upgrade TFS 2012 Beta to the recent TFS Update 1 release. TF255438: The configuration database...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship update #1 for the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the first update to version (1.0.12.0622) of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in, adding support for Word 2010 64-bit. See Word4TFS10-x64misi and Rangers_vsarword4tfs_1.0.12.0622_Everything.zip files in the latest The add-in allows you to import...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship the first version of Team Foundation Server Word Add-in

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the first version (1.0.12.0622) of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in. The add-in allows you to import work items from a Team Foundation Server Team Project and generate professional-looking Word document from TFS Work items. For more information on...
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