Orcas Beta 2 Refresh is now available.

Orcas Beta 2 refresh is now available for download. Please read the post by Brian that provides more information on Beta 2 refresh at http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/09/28/updates-to-tfs-2008-beta-2.aspx You can download the refresh bits at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=053E83D0-DEB4-4EBB-B4C8-CBFFE928B4AA&displaylang=en


Looking for TFS databases for upgrade testing

We are in the process of testing the upgrade feature on TFS 2010, and in the next release you will be able to upgrade directly from either TFS 2005 or TFS 2008.   Right now we are collecting real world customer databases to test against.    Specifically, we are looking for customers of TFS that are willing to share (via upload to a…


Using SQL Log Shipping with TFS

This is a refresh of an original post by Suhid Hasbe and updated for TFS 2008. There are several options for disaster recover within TFS.  In this post we will focu son SQL Log Shipping.  Other options include Backup/Restore and SQL Clustering (mirroring). Log Shipping is very close to Mirroring. The only difference is Mirroring…


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 https://channel9.msdn.com/shows/10-4/ and subscribing to the RSS feed of your choice. Episode 1 covers how to…


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…


TFS performance tips – Index Defragment commands in SQL

Keeping SQL tuned up helps performance of TFS.  Checking the fragementation levels of indexs within the SQL database is straightforward and SQL includes useful defragment commands.   Here is a link to a useful best practices document on defragmentation.  It was written for SQL 2000, but is applicable to 2005: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2000/maintain/ss2kidbp.mspx


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: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950174


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…


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 (www.sqlcat.com) have put together a whitepaper on best practice recommendations on just this topic: http://sqlcat.com/whitepapers/archive/2008/10/03/running-sql-server-2008-in-a-hyper-v-environment-best-practices-and-performance-recommendations.aspx For TFS customers wanting to run the entire stack on Hyper-V this white paper should…

Operations Guidance for TFS

The Team System Rangers have released another technical article for TFS Operations which includes our recommended operational best practices.  Please take a look at this and let us know what you think: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb663036(VS.80).aspx