December 2011 TFS Power Tools Release

In the last release of the Team Foundation Server 2010 Power Tools we focused on improving the experience for developers in Visual Studio and using the Shell Extensions inside Windows Explorer.  Today we just released a new update of the Team Foundation Server Power Tools focusing on developers outside of Visual Studio with the following… Read more

A new invite code for the Team Foundation Service

Yesterday I wrote about the updates we’ve made to the service with our December update.  Today, I’m here to deliver on the promise of providing another invite code that people can use to sign up.  If you’ve already created an account, there’s no need to use this code.  Your preexisting account is still working and… Read more

December refresh of the Team Foundation Service

Today we are updating the Team Foundation Service (running on Azure) with a new build.  You can read more about the features in the new update on the Visual Studio ALM blog.  The process of updating all of the accounts is ongoing as I type this.  It will take most of the day and maybe… Read more

Expanded hosted TFS offering from just recently expanded their hosted TFS offering.  You can read more about it on their site and on their blog post. I can imaging people might wonder why I’d talk about this when I talk so much about our current hosted preview service.  Let me give a few reasons why you might want to… Read more

Traveling this fall

Next week I’m getting ready to hit the road for a bunch of conferences and customer visits.  I’m looking forward to getting out and talking with people about what they are doing and what’s coming in VS 11. It all starts with the ALM Summit in Redmond 11/15 – 11/17.  There we’ll have a bunch… Read more

TFS Databases growing out of control

Several months ago I first started hearing customer reports of TFS databases growing out of control.  Every once in a while I’d hear of someone with a database growing by 100GB a week or something equally nutty.  Previously that had been the result of someone checking in crazy amounts of data – A few years… Read more

Lab Management improvements in TFS 11

The Team Foundation Server 11 Developer Preview introduces a number of simplifications and enhancements in Lab Management.  The primary one you will notice in the developer preview is the introduction of ‘Standard environments’.    Here is a brief summary of what Standard environments are and what you can do with them. Ever since we released Lab… Read more

Multi-line test steps available in Microsoft Test Manager, among other things…

Along with the launch of the Team Foundation Service preview we announced at the BUILD conference, we released a new client patch for the VS 2010 family of products.  You can get it here: (or you can find the link on the Team Foundation Preview service web page). You’ll see that it’s called “Visual… Read more

ALM Summit 2011 in Redmond – Nov 14-18

Now that BUILD has wrapped up and hopefully most of you are busy trying out the VS 11/TFS 11 developer preview, I wanted to let you know about an event that I will be speaking at in November.  At the ALM Summit in Redmond, November 14-18th, we get a chance to talk about the process… Read more

Deleting a Team Project from the Team Foundation Service on Windows Azure

I’ve seen a few questions come up about this.  Two questions, actually: Question: How do I delete a Team Project Collection on the Team Foundation Service? Answer: You can’t.  For now we automatically create one collection per account (called DefaultCollection) and you can’t delete it, rename it, add another one or anything else. Question: How… Read more