Team System Web Access 2008 Power Tool is now available

Today we have released the final version of the Team System Web Access (TSWA) 2008 power tool!  Team System Web Access provides a web interface to Team Foundation Server 2008. Here’s a list of feature changes.  Of course, we also fixed a number of bugs. New direct links: Previously, you could construct a direct link…


Building VS 2008 projects with TFS 2005

The question has come up a couple of times as to how to get a TFS 2005 build agent (the build agent is the service running on the computer) to build a Visual Studio 2008 solution.  When you try to do it, you get the following error. Solution file error MSB5014: File format version is…


Visual Studio Team System chat – December 5, 2007

Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. Hopefully, there will be a fair amount of discussion around the newly release 2008 version. I’m planning to be in the first chat. There will be…


Using CruiseControl.NET to trigger CI builds in TFS 2005

James Dawson previously posted a plugin for CruiseControl.NET that provided a continuous integration facility for TFS 2005, which I mentioned back in August.  He’s now set up a CodePlex project for it: TFS TeamBuild Task for CruiseControl.NET.  You can get both the binaries and the source code from the CodePlex project. Continuous integration is now…


Martin Woodward’s presentation on what’s new in TFS 2008

Martin Woodward has a posted a great set of slides from a presentation he did on what’s new in TFS 2008.  After going through all of the features other than build, he spends more than half of the slides on the build features of TFS 2008 (aka Team Build).  I highly recommend taking a look…


How would you prioritize features for MSBuild?

Dan Moseley, a developer on the MSBuild team, wants to know how you would prioritize features for the next version of MSBuild by asking, How would you spend $100 on MSBuild?  The release of Visual Studio 2008 is imminent, which means the product teams are beginning to work on the future, and he posts about…


TSWA tip: Send an email with a work item or query results

Let’s say you’re going through your bugs and want to ask someone a question about one of them.  You can use Team System Web Access to send that person an email containing all of the work item’s information and a link to it. To email a work item, open the work item in TSWA.  Go…


TSWA tip: Search bugs and reports

[Update 10/6/2008]  In addition to the default search behavior described below, TSWA 2008 SP1 adds Outlook-style search capability, which is described here. Have you ever wanted a quick way to find the bugs containing some word?  Team System Web Access comes to your rescue. In the upper left corner underneath the team project selector, there…


Turning off Just-in-Time Debugging on your servers

I saw Mac Noland’s post tonight about turning off the just-in-time debugging popup window on his TFS server.  We’ve had this problem internally.  If you have a debugger installed on your computer, such as Visual Studio or WinDbg, the installation will enable just-in-time debugging such that when something crashes you’ll get a window asking you…


SharePoint lists in Outlook 2007 are awesome

If you use Outlook 2007 and SharePoint, you really need to read this.  I’ve been using this feature for the last couple of weeks.  It syncs the documents into Outlook so they are available offline, you can search them, and you can edit and upload when you get back online.  It’s really slick.  Read the…


Windows Live Writer 2008 is now available

The first version of Windows Live Writer is now available.  I’ve been using the betas for a long time, and I think it’s a great application (and it’s free).  I use it to write all of my blog posts.  If it weren’t for Live Writer, I wouldn’t have written nearly so many blog posts. Windows…


TSWA tip: Bulk edit

Sara Ford has a Visual Studio Tip of the Day series going.  I thought I’d publish some tips on using Team System Web Access, and this is the first.  I don’t think I’ll be able to do a tip per day.  Calling it a “TSWA tip a few times a week” just doesn’t sound that…


TFS 2008 ships this month

Yesterday, Soma announced that VS 2008 and TFS 2008 ship this month.  Prior to that, we had only said it would ship by the end of this year.  It’s going to be an exciting month. Not long after TFS 2008 ships, we’re going to ship the final version of the Team System Web Access 2008…


TFSBuildLab 1.0 for TFS 2005

I last mentioned TFSBuildLab back in August when it reached beta 2.  Peter Blomqvist and Mathias Olausson have now released 1.0.  For those of you who aren’t going to move to TFS 2008 in the near future (it ships by the end of this year), you’ll want to look into this.  I also posted a…