TFS Branching Guide 2.0 released

Bijan Javidi announced the release of TFS Branching Guide 2.0 on CodePlex.  Check it out and be sure to send them your feedback on it.  They are always looking for ways to enhance and make it even more useful. TFS Branching Guide 2.0 Welcome to the Team Foundation Server Branching Guidance Community Site! The purpose…


Installing an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2008 and extending the evaluation period

More than a year ago, I posted a reference to Jeff Atwood’s post on extending the evaluation period for Windows Vista. KB article 948472 describes the process for Windows Server 2008 and includes instructions on installing an evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 from the standard media as well has how to set up a…


Using Team Foundation Build with BizTalk and SSIS projects

Unfortunately there are several types of projects that do not work natively with MSBuild.  Jim Lamb, program manager for Team Build, has put together a few posts with pointers on how to get these to work with Team Build. Project System Compatibility with Team Build SQL Server Integration Services and Team Build BizTalk Server and…


Tools for TFS on CodePlex: TeamReview and Info Kiosk

In the past I’ve written posts on tools for TFS on CodePlex.  I’m happy to say that there are now too many to show in a post.  I’d encourage you to take a look using this query for TFS on CodePlex. A couple of people have sent me email about new tools for TFS on…


New blog by the Team Foundation Server global support team

The fine folks that support our customers have started a new blog:  Developer Support Team Foundation Server.  With posts by Trevor Hancock, Jim Saunders, and others on topics ranging from issues with TFS to the BPA (Best Practices Analyzer), you’ll want to subscribe to this blog.  They also plan to post monthly summaries of publicly…


Why is the TFS 2008 version control security dialog blank?

If you install Service Pack 1 for .NET 3.5 on the server (application tier) without also installing Service Pack 1 for TFS 2008, you will not be able to view permissions in version control.  None of your data has been lost.  What has happened is that the code in ASP.NET that serializes the permission data…


TFS 2008 SP1: New setting to delete a build without deleting the build label

We’ve heard from a few customers that they would prefer not to have the build labels deleted when builds are deleted.  In Team Foundation Server 2008 SP1 we added a feature to control whether build labels are deleted when the build is deleted.  This feature is really a stop-gap measure, and it changes the behavior…


TFS Build 2010: Build summary screen shots

The build summary view (sometimes called the build report) in TFS 2005 and 2008 leaves a lot to be desired.  We wanted to rework it in TFS 2008 but lacked the time.  Well, we’ve completely revamped it for TFS 2010. Chris Burrows has posted screen shots he captured from Jim Lamb’s interview and screencast on…


MSBuild Extensions Pack now available

Mike Fourie has released the first version of MSBuild Extensions Pack on CodePlex.  This is a great collection of quality tasks for MSBuild that you can also use in Team Foundation Build. The MSBuild Extension Pack is the successor to the FreeToDev MSBuild Tasks Suite and provides a collection of over 170 MSBuild tasks designed…


Pre-checkin validation tool for Team Foundation Build 2008: TFS Check-in Validation Tool

Mohammad Jalloul, a developer on the Developer Division Engineering team, has released a new tool on CodePlex called TFS Check-in Validation Tool.  This tool provides the ability to have a checkin validating by a build prior to being checked in.  This is similar to a feature in TFS 2010 called Gated Checkin, which is integrated…


Improving the performance of the work item tracking client with TFS 2008 SP1

Martin Woodward has written a great post that describes a feature that was added in TFS 2008 SP1 to reduce the amount of work item tracking metadata cached by the client.  Depending on the number of team projects on your server and the number of fields and rules used by all work item types, this…


How to set up TFS 2008 SP1 to use TSWA links in checkin notification emails

One of the new features available in TFS 2008 SP1 is that a TSWA URL can be configured in the server so that checkin notification emails will have links to the Team System Web Access page for the changeset, which allows you to see the diffs for each of the changes. You can find the…


Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9!

Brian Keller has recorded a series of interviews, some of which include demos, that are being published on Channel 9.  You can find them at Visual Studio Team System 2010 Week on Channel 9.     Some of the videos have already been posted.  Be sure to check the page periodically or subscribe to the…


CodePlex launches support for TortoiseSVN

The CodePlex team has announced that CodePlex now supports TortoiseSVN “natively.”  In their blog post they explain that they are running the SVNBridge on their server, so there’s no need to install anything on the client other than TortoiseSVN. Technorati Tags: team foundation server,subversion,svn,tortoise,codeplex


Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 is now available!

We’ve now released the final version of TSWA 2008 SP1, which had previously been released as a community technology preview (CTP).  There are some fantastic new features in this release, including the ability for users without CALs to create work items. Also, this release includes 10 languages: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, English, Chinese (Simplified…


Automation with MSBuild 3.5 and Team Build 2008 recording is now available

Charles Sterling announced a new interactive forum called MVP TV earlier this month.  The first event was Automation with MSBuild 3.5 and Team Build 2008.  Now the recording for this event is available. The debut of MVP TV Attendance: 92 attendees Thursday, August 21st, 2008 | 9:00am – 10:00am (PDT, Redmond time) Public: This Product…


July 2008 release of the power tools for TFS 2008 is now available

The download is available at Brian recently wrote a post about the new features: This release also includes some bug fixes to the build notification app. Enjoy! Technorati tags: team foundation server 2008, tfs, tfs power tools


TSWA tip: How to use the new TSWA template URL feature (initial value URL)

One of the new features we’ve added to TSWA for the SP1 release is the ability to create URLs that are effectively work item templates by virtue of the fact that they have the values for the work items embedded in the URL itself. Since constructing these URLs manually is really painful, we have an…


Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 CTP and Work Item Web Access 2008 CTP are now available

Hakan has announced the availability of the new TSWA community technology preview (CTP) in his post, What’s New in TSWA 2008 SP1.  Personally, I would say this release is beta quality or better, so don’t let the CTP designation scare you too much. Also released is the first CTP release of what we are calling…


Spec available for "Codename TFS Bug Submission Portal"

Hakan Eskici, program manager for Team System Web Access, has posted the spec for a new power tool that’s based on TSWA that is designed to help customers comply with the new licensing changes in TFS 2008 while getting the most out of the product.  Please read this, as well as the other Rosario specs,…