Team Foundation Server 2018 and SQL Server

About 6 weeks ago, I wrote a post announcing the availability of TFS 2018 RC1.  In the comments, there ensued a sizeable conversation about the requirement for SQL Server 2016 or later (rather than also supporting SQL Server 2014).  It was good to get the feedback.  I read it carefully and we discussed it within… Read more

TFS 2018 RC2 is available

Today we shipped the second release candidate for Team Foundation Server 2018.  If all goes well, this should be the final release candidate.  We’ll make sure that all the issues you report are addressed and we’ll ship the final version in a couple of months.  From the release notes, you can see TFS 2018 has… Read more

TFS 2017 Update 3 RC is available

Today we released the Release Candidate for Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 3.  Following the pattern of all of our Update 3 releases, TFS 2017 Update 3 is a small release, focused on bug fixes – mostly a roll up of fixes for issues that we’ve uncovered as increasing numbers of customers have adopted the… Read more

TFS 2018 RC1 is available

Team Foundation Server 2018 RC1 is now available for download.  This is the first available build for what we have been calling TFS V.next.  And, as you can tell from the title of this post, the official name will be TFS 2018.  Here’s all the important links: Release notes TFS 2018 RC1 web installer TFS… Read more

TFS 2017 Update 2 RTM

Today we released the final version of Team Foundation Server 2017.2.  Thank you to everyone who installed one of the two release candidates over the past few months and helped us ensure that this is a high quality release. Important links: TFS 2017.2 Release notes TFS 2017.2 web installer TFS 2017.2 ISO TFS 2017.2 Express… Read more

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

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

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

TFS 2015.4 released

Yesterday, we released TFS 2015 Update 4.  This will likely be the last release in the TFS 2015 line.  TFS 2017 shipped almost 6 months ago and we are already hard at work on TFS 2017 Update 2.  This TFS 2015 Update 4 release just contains fixes for commonly reported customer issues – about 30… Read more