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Can we use TFS’s source code control with Visual Studio 6.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2003 clients? Yes we can use the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server with products that do not support Team Explorer integration. By using: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider Brief Description: Enables integrated use of Team Foundation Version Control with products that do not support Team Explorer integration. http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
We know many of you have been testing the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPC images, http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... It has been brought to our attention that the current Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPC images will expire on November 1, 2007, rather than March 15, 2008 as originally announced. It is strongly encouraged that you take all necessary steps before November 1, 2007 to back up all your projects and move your Team Foundation Server data to an alternate location. For instructions ...
Hey everyone, please be aware that the VPC provided by Microsoft to evaluation Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2008 B2 will expire Nov 1st. If you are using this VM in production and are using the Go-Live licence please plan for this and prepare a contingency plan. See Jeff Beehler's blog for more info and any news on this here VS2008 Beta2 VPCs expiring prematurely Cheers, ET ps. I'm very busy, actually way too busy and I will start posting more soon. Don't despair... Technorati Tags: TFS ...
So I finally got the time to sit down with a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and got it installed on my test rig. Here's how it all went down... I did a custom install this first time around - no Visual C++, and none of the SQL Compact or Crystal Reports stuff. I was certain to include the new Code Analysis, Performance and Testing tools though. I've heard some interesting things about the way those tools have improved with VS 2008 and am anxious to try them out. I'm also pretty anxious to try ...
*Moved to: Why Integrated Authentication does not work with host headers!You receive error 401.1 when you browse a TFS Web site that uses Integrated Authentication and is hosted on IIS 5.1 or IIS 6 This little problem occurs when you have Windows 2003 SP1 or later installed and you try to change your Team Foundation Server to a friendly name, like say tfs01.[intranet].[company].... more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Team Foundation Server SharePoint IntegrationWhy is there not more integration found in Team Foundation Server "out-of-the-box" with SharePoint 2007. It seams obvious to me that you would want to show your Work Items in SharePoint and integrate SharePoint Workflow into Team Foundation Server. It only make sense to be able to initially create a SharePoint Work item that is a request from a user into SharePoint, have some sort of approval workflow before assigning it to a project within ...
*Moved to: Refocus...You may have noticed that over the last month or so I have been neglecting my blog (too many personal posts) and my focus on development in general. This has been a temporary setback due mostly to starting a new job and not getting to play with Team Server at the moment (plus I had a knee operation the other week). So for now, I will be trying to focus more on Sharepoint 2007 / MOSS and the feature deficient Sharepoint 2003. My new job entails maintaining a heavily customized ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler in .NET 3.5 Part 2I have decided to have a little go at creating a Team Foundation Server Event Handler in .NET 3.5 that is resilient and scaleable. I will be using as many of the features of Team Suit as I can, but bear with me as there are a few things that are new to me. TFS Event Handler in .NET 3.5 ArticlesRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler in .NET 3.5I have decided to have a little go at creating a Team Foundation Server Event Handler in .NET 3.5 that is resilient and scaleable. I will be using as many of the features of Team Suit as I can, but bear with me as there are a few things that are new to me. TFS Event Handler in .NET 3.5 ArticlesRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Team Foundation Server Error 28936Some of my colleagues in New York have been working on deploying Team Foundation Server as a change management system and they ran into a little error while installing to the QA (UAT) environment. Log file excerpt:Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Hosted Team Foundation ServerI have posted about Hosted Team Foundation server before and I have had a few discussions with Jon Pratt from the Microsoft UK Development Tools Team on the subject. The issue with Hosted TFS is that there is no real partitioning of projects within the system and thus if you had two clients on the same server they would be able to view each others data. I even asked a question on LinkedIn and got an amazing response.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Microsoft's internal uptake of Team Foundation ServerI am very encouraged by Brain Harry's blog on dogfooding at Microsoft. In my battles to get my company to use Team Foundation Server I recently contacted the manager of the most highly regarded development team in the company. Apart from being initially disheartened by his initial question "Does it run on Unix?" the manager of the team's main reservation was that he is always dubious about a product from Microsoft that they do not use ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Team ExplorerWell, I now have Visual Studio 2008 Team Suit installed on my laptop, but I have just realized that Team Explorer is not provided as part of the installation (same as VS2005). This is irritating as now I need to download Visual Studio 2008 team Foundation Server to get the client out of it. I think that Team Explorer should be included as an optional install for Visual Studio, this would help at work as well as we need to rationalize and package (a ...
Scott Guthrie earlier today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2008 (Codename Orcas) Beta 2 for download. The downloads available are separate installation disc image for each of VS 2008 editions (including Express), and a couple of more disc images for MSDN library and TFS; also, included separated VPC image for VSTS and TFS. Quote from the download homepage: Installation Disc Images If you prefer to install the software yourself, you can download separate disc images for the following ...
My group is pretty immature as far as anything like CMM(I) goes. We are only a couple steps ahead of complete chaos, which is pretty darn bad. So how do you get from chaos to order? What are the first steps to take? I'll speak from my own experience over the few months that I've been in this group. A little history: at my last job, the process was more mature. There was only one project, a large one. It was managed pretty well, and everyone was working on the same codebase with the same tools, etc. ...
*Moved to: SharePoint Content Request | What would you like to see?Jeff Julian who kindly provides my blog has been blogging about what features would be good in Sharepoint. I would like to see all of the capabilities of TeamPlain for Team Foundation Server built into Sharepoint. With versions for both technical and non technical people. This would allow a much more versatile integration of TFS into ones own intranet and allow the use of TFS for other things than just development...Read more...Follow ...
*Moved to: Loosing the battle, but the war goes onWell in my current war to get my company to use TFS, I am loosing the battle for Visual Studio Team System adoption. I have fought many battles, against Jira, Confluence and Subversion, but they are currently wining. I cant seam to get the Architecture & Strategy guys to get behind the project. They are sitting on the sidelines encouraging me, but with no active participation. Time and again I am running up against the problem that no one will ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler Prototype FeedbackI would be interested in finding out if anyone is using the TFS Event Handler I created on CodePlex. The main reason for this is to solicit feedback for the process and integration capabilities. The TFS Event Handler removes the need to integrate with the Team Foundation Server events. It provides a simple API for making decisions on what to do with event that are raised.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Looking around for some of the TFS templates I ran across this one: eScrum is a Web-based, end-to-end project management tool for Scrum built on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server platform. It provides multiple ways to interact with your Scrum project: eScrum Web-based UI, Team Explorer, and Excel or Project, via Team Foundation Office Integration. In addition, it provides a single place for all Scrum artifacts such as product backlog, sprint backlog, task management, retrospective, ...
*Moved to: Solution to sub sites in Sharepoint 3.0 with Team Foundation ServerThis subject goes back over a number of posts: Team Foundation Server & SharePoint 3.0 Setting up TFS to create project portals as child sites of an existing SharePoint 3.0 site (or sub site) SharePoint 3.0 TFS Sub-Site creation error. Sharepoint 3.0 TFS Sub-Site creation investigation result I will try not to reiterate all that has gone before, but I was trying to get the Project Creation Wizard for Team Foundation ...
*Moved to: Creating a managed service factoryI had a plan. I wanted to create a way of accessing services in multiple locations from any location. Each location could have one or more services which may be duplications or different. That is a really abstract way of thing about it, but I eventually came up with a solution. After using Reflector to view the Team Foundation Server source code, which gave ma many pointers for which I would like to thank the TFS Team At Microsoft, I came up with the following ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler: CTP 1 DelayedDue to a number of reasons: My wife is due to give birth this week some time I only have access to TFS at work, and my development time has been cut down. I'm lazy... The first CTP of the Team Foundation Server Event Handler has been delayed. I have, however made a number of enhancements of the surrounding framework that will allow the smother function of this and other releases.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
While installing the eScrum template I ran into some pretty cryptic issues with the project management site working. This is the site that installer ask you what virtual directory you would like to associated it with. The app was returning me the error: Failed to retrieve WorkItemStore Service on server: SERVERNAME or there is no project found with name: PROJECT NAME. The unfortunate problem with this issue is that it has nothing to do with the actual project not being found on the server, but what ...
eScrum: Agile Project Management Tool eScrum is an end-to-end Project management tool for Scrum. It is a web based tool built on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) platform. Its components include a web interface,and a TFS Process template. With the increased adoption of Agile methodologies and TFS, eScrum fills an important gap of having an integrated solution for customers. eScrum external offerings: o Multiple ways to interact with your Scrum project, with integrity of data: ...
*Moved to: TFS Process TemplatesI have been working with Team Foundation Server for around a year now and I am still finding features and I am still amazed at the extensibility of the system. The core of this extensibility is the aggressively configurable process templates. You can see a list of commercial templates on the Microsoft site, not all of them cost money though. We have been working on our own process template, but developer are the worst people to design it. For anything more than small, ...
*Moved to: SharePoint 3.0 TFS Sub-Site creation error.As you will know from my previous post I have been trying to get TFS to create sub sites in SharePoint 3.0. I now have the hotfix specified by Brian Keller for my Team Explorer client that allows me to communicate with WSS3.0, but I am still having a problem with my sub site attempts!Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: My Wish List of Team Foundation Server ToolsTFS Event Handler This tool would run on the TFS server and capture all of the soap events being generated by Team Server. These would then be passed to the Event Handler Manger that would send the event to all of the loaded Handlers. Handlers can be dynamically loaded in to the system by uploading a DLL from a client tool.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I started working with TFS some time back. We had a pretty huge code base in VSS and had to plan it properly so that we can use it the best way. Phase I was targetting to migrate the VSS code base to TFS. VSS Converter GUI .exe is the tool that was used. Though there are a lot of informations about the tool on web, I felt some of the points may be helpful to somebody. Donot try to analyze and migrate the code directly from a networked machine. Copy the code to a local machine, preferably on the machine ...
*Moved to: Setting up TFS to create project portals as child sites of an existing SharePoint 3.0 site (or sub site)Well, I spoke to Brian Keller about Connecting TFS to a SharePoint 3.0 sub site... His answer? Try it and see. So I did. I updated the dev server with the details I provided in my previous post and Manually created Sites under that http://server:888/Projects site with the same name as the project. I tested this by both clicking "Show Project Portal" and creating a new document library ...
*Moved to: Team Foundation Server & SharePoint 3.0I have managed to install SharePoint 3.0 on my dev Team server box in side by side mode by using Brian Keller's blog on "Configuring Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0". I have not yet updated Team Server, but I got as far as having a working version of SharePoint 3.0 running side by side with 2.0. This has worked grate for me as I have had time to evaluate SharePoint as an Intranet for my department. ...
*Moved to: TFS Gotcha (Exception Handling)When coding against team foundation server you must be aware that some of the exceptions thrown by Team Foundation Server are not Serilisable! I think that this was an oversite by Microsoft, but it is there none the less. An example of this is; TeamFoundationServerUnautho... more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
A while ago, I blogged about how I was having problems with how I set up references when we switched over to Team Foundation Server. I was linking internal dependencies to the build folder on the build server. This caused excessive network traffic (and delays when working from home) and failed builds (because TFS couldn't clean the build folder if I have a solution open with a reference to that folder). I've since found this branching guide on CodePlex. This has fixed all my problems. It took me ...
There are a few links related to TFS build and Source control Customizing Team Foundation Build Add Continuous Integration Capabilities to Team Foundation Server I've got a few useful tips from Mitch Denny: To remove incorrect subsctiptions: TFS has a table (tbl_subscriptions) in the TfsIntegration database which lists all these endpoints. Don’t ever edit this table directly. You can look at the subscription ID and then use the bissubscribe.exe tool to unsubscribe those event registrations. Make ...
*Moved to: WorkflowI am thinking of adding WF support to my Team Foundation Server Event Handler, but I am interested in a discussion on the topic of the how's and wherefores. I have seen a lot of people implementing Workflow for Team Server and this would provide them a host system. I have started a discussion on CodePlex: Workflow ImplementationRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
At the end of March Microsoft announced the Teamplain a TFS web frontend TeamPlain Web Access for Team System TeamPlain Web Access is a web interface for Microsoft® Team Foundation Server that allows managing work items, shared documents, reports and source control repositories. Streamlines Team System usage Enables broader participation to development lifecycle Allows cross platform access to Team Foundation Server (TFS) Enables fine grained security configurations not present in TFS Helps organizations ...
While the TFS team didn't put everything into the 1st real release of TFS, they certaintly are getting tools/powertoys/helpers/gui... out there to the community in real time. Driven by the initial need to ship, the TFS team clearly had to make some feature choices in order to meet the late 2005 schedule on the 1st release. That's just the dynamics of shipping product. However, what they've done is put out, on a psuedo supported mode (non PSS or is it CSS now?), tools that make the TFS experience ...
*Moved to: Team Server Hmm!I got an interesting question from our SQL Server DBA team in London today. They asked if you can integrate team server with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. I had a look at the software and could not see TFS source control in the list, so I did a little google and found: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server MSSCCI ProviderRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Microsoft has acquired DevBiz Business Solutions and their product TeamPlain Web Access for Team System. TeamPlain is a web front end for VSTS that enables users to access the majority of TFS functionality from within a Web browser. TeamPlain will become Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Web Access. Effective today, TeamPlain is available, at no additional charge, to users who own a Team Foundation Server and can be downloaded from here. Eventually this will be released as a VSTS Power Tool, and ...
Interesting news on the VSTS front.... Microsoft Acquires devBiz, Makers of TeamPlain Web Access Microsoft is excited to announce the acquisition of devBiz Business Solutions, makers of TeamPlain Web Access, a Web interface for Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server that enables users to manage Team Foundation work items, version control, documents and reports. TeamPlain is available as a free download for existing Team Foundation Server users, and will be incorporated into a future release of ...

Over the next 14 weeks I'm going to be (among other things) putting together a continuous integration stack for a company that is in the process of re-writing two different legacy apps.

 

If you have experience putting Cruise Control dot Net together with Microsoft's Team Foundation Server I'm going to be looking to hear from you.

 

I'm hoping that I will have nothing but, "wow that was easy" to give you all.

*Moved to: TFS Gotcha (SP1)If you are out there and you have installed SP1 for Team Foundation Server you probably went through as much pain as I did... Solution:Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Configuration and Management Team Foundation Server AdministrationEffective administration of Team Foundation Server is critical to the success of your team projects. Team Foundation Server administrative tasks vary according to the specific project management features that your organization requires. Walkthrough: Backing Up and Restoring a Team Foundation ServerDemonstrates how to back up and restore a Team Foundation server. Walkthrough: Setting up Team Foundation Server with Secure Socket Layer ...
The Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Power Tool (formerly known as Power Toys) is a set of enhancements, tools and command-line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server user experience. This release includes two new command-line tools for the developer and three non-command line tools: a process template editor, a set of custom check-in policies, and a test tools build task: Team Foundation Server Power Tool Commands (tfpt.exe) - A command-line tool with enhanced functionality ...
These were formally called Power Toys. Apparently Microsoft decided that they're not toys anymore. The Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Power Tool (formerly known as Power Toys) is a set of enhancements, tools and command line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server user experience. This release includes two new command-line tools for the developer and three non-command line tools: a set of custom check-in policies, a build test task, and a process template editor. This ...
Update - Found a solution here I've had a problem ever since installing TFS, and I've not blogged about it yet because I wanted to figure out a good solution first. I haven't found the solution, so I'm hoping for some good advice from the brilliant GWB readers. We have quite a few dll's and controls that we reference from our applications. For example, we have our SQL Connection String control that lives in the EnGraph Controls team project. If I want to use the SQL Connection String control, I add ...
*Moved to: Register For Beta Exam 71-510: TS: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Exam 70-510: TS: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server counts as credit towards the following certification. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Beta Exam 71-510: TS: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation ServerWell, its study time again I have managed to get myself onto the 70-510: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server beta certification, and I now have an exam date of the 27th February 2007. I have not studies since Uni ;). Alas there are no specific courses or study material, but I asked someone at Microsoft what to study and their "team of subject matter experts" suggested: Read more...Follow ...
A while back I replied to a Rob Caron post regarding the connection of a TFS Proxy to a TFS Server in a different domain. Here's the link: http://blogs.msdn.com/robca... So, I am finally getting around to posting the actual Visio diagram for this particular configuration. I can verify that this configuration still works with SP1 of TFS. A few notes: This solution uses local machine accounts, taking advantage of pass-through authentication. While using non-domain accounts ...
As I was trying to import a work item definition into a team project (using the Process Template Editor from gotdotnet) I received the following error message: TF26204: The account you entered is not recognized. Contact your Team Foundation Server administrator to add your account.. But I had not done any security changes (adding account or groups or permissions). What was it taking about? Then I understood: I had added a field that contained backslashes as values and TFS interpreted it as user account! ...
When using Visual Studio 2005 to access Team Foundation Server source, you can configure the client to use the TFS Proxy Server. However, on a build server, you don't necessarily have Visual Studio. installed. Further, the setting is per user, so you'd have to log into the box as athe build service account, run Visual Studio, and configure the proxy setting. So here's how you configure the build service to use your TFS Proxy server. Note that you still need to log into the box as the build service ...