Announcing 10-4! Weekly Video podcasts on Visual Studio 2010

The Visual Studio and .NET Framework evangelism team just launched a weekly channel9 show focusing on capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 cleverly titled 10-4! You can be the first to get these episodes by visiting and subscribing to the RSS feed of your choice. Episode 1 covers how to…


Running SQL Server 2008 on a Hyper-V environment

If you are looking information on if you can run SQL Server 2008 on a Hyper-V the folks in the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team ( have put together a whitepaper on best practice recommendations on just this topic: For TFS customers wanting to run the entire stack on Hyper-V this white paper should…

Small Basic is live.

This is a wonderful tool that Vijaye has been working on for a long time and now has been released via DevLabs.   As someone that cut their “programming” teeth on versions of GW-BASIC running on TRS-80, CoCo, and the Commodore64, the simplicity of BASIC opened a whole new world of computers for me.   Introducing children…


Get more detailed error message information from the TFS admin tools in TFS 2008.

The TFS administration tools will output error information should a command fail.  There is an environmental setting that you can set before running the command that will cause our tools to output more detailed information.   Simply set the following variable:    Set TfsDetailedErrors=1   Now when you run tfsadminutil command you will get more details.    


Deploying SQL Server Reporting Services or Analysis Services on a Remote Server in TFS2008

In TFS 2005 the SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) had to be on the Application Tier and SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) had to be on the Data Tier.  With TFS 2008 you can deploy these on remote servers.  This is documented in the TFS Installation Guide in the section titled: “How to: Customize Deployment…


FAQ posted on TFS Setup MSDN forum

We’ve updated the Team Foundation Server FAQ on the following MSDN forum.  


Nice site for SQL tips

An old friend of mine has started a site called Computation Press at Which has some good papers on SQL tuning tips.

Upgrading from WSS2.0 to WSS3.0 after upgrading TFS from 2005 to 2008

Several customers are wondering about upgrading their TFS Windows Sharepoint from 2.0 to 3.0 after upgrading TFS 2005 to TFS 2008.  Here is a link to the steps to follow for an in-place upgrade of WSS2.0:


Upgrade TFS 2005 with WSS2.0 to TFS 2008 with an existing WSS3.0 farm

This is a re-post from Sudhir Hasbe’s original post with some changes. Many customers have WSS3.0 farms in house and they want to use these farms with TFS. In TFS 2005 you had to use WSS2.0 on TFS machine and you could not leverage the existing farms in the company. With TFS 2008 you can use…