TFS 2017 Update 2 RC2 is available

Today we shipped the second release candidate for TFS 2017.2. Release notes TFS 2017.2 web installer TFS 2017.2 ISO TFS 2017.2 Express edition web installer TFS 2017.2 Express edition ISO The main differences between RC1 and RC2 are: A bunch of bug fixes All the localized versions are now available At this point, we only… Read more

Let’s make some hay!

Spring is hay season and it puts a significant strain on my managing the balance between work and farm.  For the past several weeks, I’ve been stealing away every spare minute I can to cut, rake, bale and haul hay.  I’ve hayed about 75 acres and that yields one heck of a lot of hay. … Read more

TFS 2017 Update 2 RC1 is now available

Yesterday, we released the first release candidate for TFS 2017 Update 2 (TFS 2017.2).  This is a “go-live” release and is ready to be used in production environments.  We’ve already installed it on 2 of our ~50 production TFS servers and it’s looking solid. TFS 2017.2 Release notes TFS 2017.2 RC1 web installer TFS 2017.2… Read more

Team Services Update – June 1, 2017

Sheesh, it’s another huge update this sprint.  I expected a bit of a lull after all the work we put out along with the Build conference but things don’t seem  to be slowing down much (or at least they’ve picked back up with a vengeance).  Check out the release notes for details. There’s so many… Read more

Evolving TFS/Team Services build automation capabilities

We first introduced basic build automation capabilities in TFS 2005 and, over the years, it has evolved substantially.  In TFS 2010, we introduced a major update which we now call “XAML build” because the build orchestration layer was based on the XAML workflow engine.  As that got adopted, we found that workflow was just not… Read more

The largest Git repo on the planet

It’s been 3 months since I first wrote about our efforts to scale Git to extremely large projects and teams with an effort we called “Git Virtual File System”.  As a reminder, GVFS, together with a set of enhancements to Git, enables Git to scale to VERY large repos by virtualizing both the .git folder… Read more

Team Services Update – May 11, 2017

As you may know, this week is the //Build conference.  Along side that event, we are announcing a ton of VS Team Services enhancements, including rolling out our sprint 117 upgrade.  Some of the changes are available immediately (because they were previously deployed and only required a feature flag to be flipped) and others will… Read more

Two bulls meet

You may have noticed I wasn’t very responsive during much of April.  That’s because I took an extended “Farmcation” for about 3 weeks.  I just returned to work on Monday and should be a bit more responsive now. I won’t bore you with all the details but I wanted to share one thing. Cows are… Read more