Team System Web Access for TFS 2008 CTP released

[UPDATE]  The final version is now available

Team System Web Access for TFS 2008 Power Tool CTP is now available!

For TFS 2008, TSWA will continue to be a power tool through the TFS 2008 release.  For the release after that, it will be a part of the regular product.  The final release of the TSWA for TFS 2008 power tool will happen near the time TFS 2008 ships, which we've stated is by the end of this year.

The big news with this release is the support for custom controls in work item forms.  When you install TSWA, you will find a subdirectory in the installation directory that contains the SDK documentation, which describes the interface, JavaScript functions, etc.  There are also several examples provided, including a checkbox, a work item picker, and a multi-value selector.  You will not be able to use existing custom controls as they are, because those are WinForms based and TSWA requires web-based controls.  However, the same basic concepts apply.  Please try this and let us know what you think!

We've also fixed a number of bugs and added support for some of the new Team Build functionality in TFS 2008 (queuing builds and viewing the build queue).  This should be a solid release.

For those of you who remember the need for the TSWA users group in the installation of the TSWA 2005 power tool, you'll be happy to know that is gone.  That was something we had to add to satisfy security requirements, but we've since changed the code to handle the impersonation better such that impersonated user identities no longer need access to any of the local directories for cache files and user settings (i.e., the code reverts to the service account while it accesses those).

Note that you need to install Team Explorer 2008 on the computer before installing TSWA 2008.  The previous release required Team Explorer 2005.

Visual Studio Team System Web Access 2008 Power Tool CTP


Team System Web Access is a free download that will be incorporated into a future release of Visual Studio Team System. You may install it with licensed installations of Team Foundation Server. You must be a licensed user of Team Foundation Server to access Team System Web Access.

  • NEW: Display custom controls on work item forms
  • NEW: view queued builds new, queue new builds
  • Add new work items or edit existing ones
  • Work with any type of work item, including custom ones
  • Add new work item queries or edit existing ones
  • View, download, upload, check-in and check-out documents on SharePoint team portal
  • View reports, export as PDF or Excel
  • Browse source control repositories, download files, view changesets, diffs, histories, and annotated views
  • View build results, start or stop builds
  • Search for keywords in work items


Comments (11)

  1. StevenIBSI says:

    I currently have Team System Web Access for TFS 2005 installed. Can I just run the new MSI to update to 2008 web access or should the 2005 version be uninstalled first.

  2. buckh says:

    Steven, you should uninstall TSWA 2005 first.


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  5. et381 says:

    Anyone getting a cannot verify signature on the Microsoft.ReportViewer.Common.dll when installing this CTP?

  6. buckh says:

    We’re looking into this to see if we can reproduce the problem and figure it out.



  7. Thanks a lot for this. Supporting the web access was a prerequisite for custom controls at most of our customers. Is it right to assume that it is possible to integrate in the same work item type a windows form custom control and a web custom control? I haven’t seen this in the examples provided in the sdk. Most of our customers use a mix of Web Access and Team Explorer access to work items. Consequently, we need a strategy that support both custom control types (web and windows form based) simultaneously.

    Thanks for help.

  8. buckh says:

    Martin, yes you can do that.  We’ll need to make that more apparent in the documentation, but the TSWA SDK includes the same sample controls as in the VS SDK (and it includes a few more).  So, the ones that are in both (I can’t remember them off the top of my head) will work either way in that the change to the Work Item Type is the same for both.  The client-side implementation is quite different, of course.


  9. chris says:

    >Anyone getting a cannot verify signature on the Microsoft.ReportViewer.Common.dll when installing this CTP?

    I was getting this error, and then realized I hadn’t installed Team Explorer on the server yet…

  10. Rob says:

    Is there a user manual with the 2008 release?

  11. buckh says:

    We have plans to provide documentation with the final release of the TSWA power tool.


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