Rob Caron

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    Team System Licensing

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    The first version of the Team System Licensing white paper is now available for download from Microsoft Downloads. I say “first version” because I’m sure this paper will raise questions that will require an update to answer. Here’s the link: Microsoft...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Ships!

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    The official launch is still November 7th, but Visual Studio 2005 is available for download starting today. This includes Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, the role-based editions, and Visual Studio 2005 Team Test Load Agent. We're also releasing a Beta...
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    No Team Foundation Server in August CTP

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    Soon, the Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite August CTP will be available for download. You need not look for a Team Foundation Server August CTP, because there isn’t one. To put it simply, the Team Suite August CTP doesn’t have a paired Team Foundation Server...
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    Team Foundation Installation Guide - v1.0.50726 (July CTP)

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    I just posted the most recent version of the Installation Guide that supports July CTP. In it you'll find some new stuff. You'll also find that the single-server install directions are missing. That's by design. Single-server installation is not supported...
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    Microsoft-Biased Consumerism

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    A friend of mine, Francesco Sanfilippo, just launched a new site, URL123.com , and he built it with ASP.NET. In the past, I used sites like tinyurl.com . Now that I have a Microsoft technology-based alternative, I'll use his site. I like the idea of turning...
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    Team Foundation Server with SQL Server Technology

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    Team Foundation Server includes a limited license (only for use with Team Foundation Server) for SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition. When you purchase Team Foundation Server at retail (boxed product), you should receive media for both Team Foundation Server...
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    Celebrate the Launch of Team Foundation Server

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    Hooray for March! It feels great to finally say, Team Foundation Server is shipping this month. In a couple of weeks at SDWest in Santa Clara, we're launching Team Foundation Server with a keynote from Rick LaPlante , and a series of technical sessions...
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    Using Team Foundation with Visual Studio 6.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2003

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    We just released Visual Studio Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider Beta 2 , which now includes support for using Team Foundation with both Visual Studio 6.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2003. This release works with Team Foundation Server RC, and should...
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    RTFM - Upgrade Guide

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    As part of the upgrade package , you’ll find a lengthy (but informative) Word document that you would be wise to read before starting your upgrade. We took the trouble to write such a comprehensive document to ensure you had the best upgrade experience...
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    Team Foundation Installation Guide RC

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    The Team Foundation Installation Guide for Team Foundation Server RC is now available for download from the Microsoft Downloads Center . Since you don’t have the bits yet, perhaps this would be a wise time to get the installation guide and educate yourself...
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    TDD Help Topic Flap

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    There’s been quite a bit of noise lately regarding a well-intentioned, but erroneous topic on doing Test-Driven Development using Team System ( Guidelines for Test-Driven Development ). We’re aware of the issue and are taking steps to rectify it. An...
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    A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Studio 2005 Team System for Microsoft Partners

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    Background Microsoft platforms (particularly the Microsoft application platform) would not enjoy the success they have had without the Microsoft Partner Program , which helps cultivate a thriving ecosystem of experts who extend and build upon these...
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    Project Server - Team Foundation Server Integration

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    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...
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    Requirements Authoring Starter Kit

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    Are you looking for a way to easily (and cheaply) integrate requirements authoring into Visual Studio Team System? If so, you’ll want to take a look at the Requirements Authoring Starter Kit. This is the solution I blogged about back in February...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta and Team Foundation

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    As you may know, Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta is now available ( Now Available: Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta ). This service pack also includes bug fixes, performance enhancements, and some new features for Team Foundation. You can...
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    Figure the Odds

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    I'm at White River with my daughter Stephanie waiting for my "Evening with Rush" to start. Who is sitting right behind me? The one and only Don Box . Figure the odds. [UPDATE] - How geeky is it to blog at a concert? [UPDATE 2] - Added links. [UPDATE 3...
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    RSS News Reader Auditions

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    A few days ago I blogged about my NewsGator problems [ Bitten by NewsGator ]. In response to that post, I’ve received quite a few comments and e-mail with alternative product recommendations (Thanks, everyone!). Top 10 Suggestions (in no particular...
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    Five Things You Didn't Know About Me

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    Thanks, Martin . I need a mental break, so I'll play along. Here are five things you didn't know about me: When I was about a year old, I reached and pulled the cord of a coffee percolator from my high chair, which came crashing down on me resulting in...
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    4-Year Blog Anniversary

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    Successful blogs, like successful journalists, are usually associated with a particular beat. For example, Mary-Jo Foley has worked the Microsoft beat for a couple of decades. Four years ago, I started this blog to write a bit about Team System. When...
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    Team System VPC Available to More Subscribers

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    Initially, the VPC download [ VPC Available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads ] was only available to MSDN Universal Subscribers. I've just learned that the Team System VPC is now available to MSDN Professional, Enterprise, and Universal Subscribers, as well...
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    Update - July CTP, Drop 3

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    If you're a Team System fan, you may be wondering, "Where for art thou, July CTP?" The Team Suite and Team Foundation Server bits are rumbling through the internal plumbing on their way to MSDN Subscriber Downloads. This usually takes a couple days...
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    Conchango Developing Scrum Process Guidance for Team System

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    This is good news. As you may know, process guidance in Team System is fully customizable. Here’s an example of the kind of process guidance that will be available from third-parties. Conchango Press Release The plug-in, which will be available...
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    How Do You Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services?

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    Currently, the Team Foundation Installation Guide instructs you to install SQL Server Reporting Services on the same server as the instance of SQL Server 2005 used by Team Foundation Server. The report server is implemented as a Microsoft Windows service...
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    June CTP - Install Team Explorer for Team Foundation Functionality

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    Starting with the June CTP, you'll need to install Team Explorer to gain Team Foundation functionality. After installing Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite (or any of the role-based editions in later releases) you won't have access to Team Foundation until...
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    Eric Sink on Team System Pricing and Licensing

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    Eric Sink’s post on the subject helps rationalize the recent Team System pricing and licensing announcement. He addresses many of the items I’ve been discussing with contacts on my IM list. I know it still won’t sit well with some people...
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