How to improve command line performance

If you are using the tf.exe command line in scripts to convert from another version control system or to run other tasks that involve a lot of calls, there are several factors that have a large impact on the performance.  Other than the command files, all of the following applies to Visual Studio as well, but VS has…


Backing up and restoring Team Foundation

Rob Caron posted a link to the re-launched VSTS User Education team blog.  It includes a post of the procedures for backing up and restoring Team Foundation Server.  That includes the databases, SharePoint, reports, etc.  It also includes restoring TFS to a different server.  There have been lots of requests for this in the forum,…


Team Foundation Version Control API documentation

I’ve mentioned the Team Foundation Version Control client API example before as good way to get started with the API, and there are examples with labels and items too.  You can find documentation for the classes and methods in the Team Foundation Version Control API in the October Visual Studio SDK release.  Once you install…


The "Filter by solution" button

You are probably familiar with the Pending Changes window if you’ve been using Visual Studio with Team Foundation (View -> Other Windows -> Pending Changes).  Have you ever wanted to have the Pending Changes window show only the pending changes for files in the currently open solution and not all of the other changes in your…


Warehouse troubleshooting guide

Bryan MacFarlane posted a troubleshooting guide for warehouse problems in the MSDN Team Foundation Forum.  If you are having problems with your warehouse or reports, it’s a good resource to try to figure out what’s going wrong.


Source Control Explorer now shows more information about the state of items

One of the problems that users encounter when using Source Control Explorer is knowing what state the file or folder is in, particularly if it is shown in gray rather than black text.  In beta 3 refresh and ealier, gray text meant that the file or folder was unmapped, cloaked, deleted, or not downloaded.  There was…


Using VS to get the URI for a Team Project

Someone asked a question today about getting the URI for a Team Project.  James Manning’s Team Project code sample showed how to do it using the API.  However, that was overkill in this case.  Bill Essary pointed out that you can select the Team Project in Team Explorer, right-click on it, and choose Properties (rather…


New CTP of Team Foundation is available (NOT supported by go-live)

Jeff Beehler has just written a post about the newly-released December CTP of TFS.  Jeff describes some of what changed, but probably the most important thing is that it is NOT supported under the go-live license.  There will not be any migration scripts to move to it or from it. The reason for that is that…