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  • Blog Post: Get the last build using TFS IP

    In the deploy-test scenario, it is often needed to find the last good build.  By “last good build”, we mean the most recent build for a given build definition on TFS which has been built successfully and reached a certain quality level reflected by “Build Quality” field.  A common approach...
  • Blog Post: Import test results into TFS using Orchestrator

    In the last post I talked about how to manually create a build record in TFS.  In this post I will talk about how to import the test results into TFS using TFS IP.  Just like we said last time, some teams have their proprietary test infrastructure, the authoring/execution/management of test...
  • Blog Post: Manually create a build record in TFS using Orchestrator

    Not every team uses TFS for both source repository and build automation, even in Microsoft.  Some teams maintain their custom build tool (a.k.a “manual build”) which means the build information is not tracked by TFS, but at the same time they want to use Test Manager or import test case results...
  • Blog Post: Workflow activities for invoking a Runbook from Team Build

    On a project there is a need to invoke a runbook for the following scenario: Product source code is stored in TFS source repository. Daily and gated build definitions are created in the team project. When the team build is triggered, a Windows Workflow (defined in Build Process Template) will be started...
  • Blog Post: TFS Integration Pack is on CodePlex

    In my first post I mentioned that there was a TFS IP for Microsoft internal people.  Later it was released on CodePlex at http://orchestrator.codeplex.com/ .  Please read the documentation at here and list of new features in 1.4 .  Currently there are following activities in the latest...
  • Blog Post: TFS Integration Pack and Scripting using PowerShell

    Recently there has been several requests for the TFS (Team Foundation Server, a.k.a VSTF - Visual Studio Team Foundation) Integration Pack on the Opalis Discussion Alias. Some of them may already know that we do have such IP available as a prototype. However, it is for internal use only and unavailable...
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