Extending Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2012

Today we posted information on how to extend the Team Explorer window in Visual Studio 2012. Check it out! Extending Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2012 Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2012 offers multiple options for extending the user experience. This sample demonstrates several of the extensibility points by adding a new Team Explorer page…


Azure SDK 1.8 now available for build in Team Foundation Service

Brian wrote a post today about the version control web experience changes that were in today’s update. Today’s update also included Azure SDK 1.8 on the build VMs. I’ve seen quite a few folks asking for it, of course. One of the questions we get often is why we don’t have X in the build…


Doc on unattended configuration of TFS 2012

TFS 2012 (RTM and newer) added a new tfsconfigure unattend command that supports unattended configuration of the server, build proxy, and SharePoint extensions. There’s now a new whitepaper available that explains it. While the paper is titled Unattended Installation of TFS 2012, it’s really unattended configuration. Unattended Installation of TFS 2012 Introduction Unattended install is…


November power tools release for TFS 2012

Today we published a new release of the power tools for TFS 2012 Update 1. This includes important fixes for the backup/restore power tool to be compatible with the release of TFS 2012 Update 1. We did a lot of refactoring of the server DLLs for the cloud service, http://tfs.visualstudio.com, and we needed to update…


TFS 2012 Update 1 Issue: Error while configuring build

[Update 2/1/13] A fix for the issues is now available. [Update 1/14/13] See this post for the latest on a fix with attaching collections. — We’ve discovered an issue in TFS Update 1 that may result in errors when you try to configure a build agent or controller. You will see an error in the…


TFS and VS 2012 Update 1 now available

[Update 2/1/13] A fix for the issues is now available. [Update 1/14/13] See this post for the latest on issues with attaching a collection. As announced on Soma’s blog, Update 1 for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012 is now available. Over at the ALM blog, you can find more details on what’s new….


New tool to upgrade from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server or Service

Today we have released an upgrade tool for users of VSS to upgrade to either on-premises TFS or the Team Foundation Service in the cloud! It provides a wizard-based UI for upgrading a VSS repository to TFS 2010, 2012, or the service. Compared to the old VSS conversion experience, there are quite a few improvements….


Windows Phone SDK now available in Build for Team Foundation Service

Brian mentioned this in a blog post last week, but I think it may have gotten lost in everything else that was going on. The Team Foundation Service’s build feature (i.e., build in the cloud) has the Windows Phone SDK installed on it now so that you can build you Windows Phone 8 (and 7)…


Video from 2012 Build Conference: Evolution of TFS into a Service

This year at //build/ conference I gave a presentation on the evolution of Team Foundation Server from a box product to a service that has a box product. It’s been a fun journey, and I enjoyed telling the story of what our team has accomplished over the last couple of years. I start with the…


DevDiv is now running on TFS 2012 Update 1 final CTP

Back in June, I wrote about the upgrade of the main Developer Division server to TFS 2012 RC. That post described both the scale of that server as well as the issues that we found in the process of upgrading it and the for the first week of running it (we found most all of…


Upgrading TFS build from 2010 to 2012 – issues and workarounds

Jason Prickett has written a blog post summarizing issues and workarounds for problems encountered with TFS build when upgrading from TFS 2010 to TFS 2012. Upgrading your build definitions from TFS2010 to TFS2012 Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/tfsbuck


Internal error loading the Changeset Comments checkin policy

[Update 11/26/12] You can get the fix by installing Update 1 (or newer) for Visual Studio 2012: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads. Some customers, after starting to use Visual Studio 2012 with their existing TFS deployment, have been receiving check-in policy errors having to do with the Changeset Comments policy. The errors look like: Internal error in Changeset Comments…


Standalone installer for the TFS client object model

[UPDATE 12/13/12] The TFS 2012 Object Model Installer is now available for download. This past week we released an installer for the Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 client object model.  Up to this point the only way to get it was to install Team Explorer.  For folks writing tools that access TFS, this was a…


Developer Division is running on TFS 2012 RC!

This past weekend we upgraded the TFS server used by the Developer Division and other teams who deliver Visual Studio 2012.  It is now running TFS 2012 RC! Back in the beginning, the DevDiv server was our dogfood server.  Then as all of the folks shipping products in Visual Studio, there were too many critical…


How to customize the build summary page in TFS 2012 without a plug-in

Jason Prickett has been writing some great posts about the new features in Build for TFS 2012.  One of my favorites is the ability for you to add sections to the build summary page without having to write any plug-ins.  You just use the WriteCustomSummaryInformation activity in your workflow or make the equivalent OM calls…


Visual Studio 2012 features enabled by using a TFS 2012 server

While many of the features in Visual Studio 2012 are available to users using TFS 2008 or 2010, there are some features that are only available when using a TFS 2012 server.  Also, the web experience in TFS 2012 has been rebuilt entirely from the ground up, and the result is a fast, fluid experience…


Team Explorer 2012 keyboard shortcuts

Team Explorer 2012 has the following keyboard shortcuts for the built-in pages.  We are adding some shortcuts within the pages for RTM. UPDATE 08/20/12:  The last seven shortcuts were added for RTM. Shortcut Team Explorer Page Ctrl+’ Search Ctrl+0,H Home Ctrl+0,P Pending Changes Ctrl+0,M My Work Ctrl+0,W Work Items Ctrl+0,B Build Ctrl+0,R Reports Ctrl+0,D Documents…


After upgrading: Updating licensing and enabling async checkout for server workspaces

The other day I wrote a post with a summary of links for upgrading team project settings to turn on all of the new features, such as code review, task board, and more. There are a couple more things I want to point out that you’ll want to tweak after the upgrade. First is licensing…


Use the wizard to upgrade team projects in TFS 2012

As you’ve seen from Brian’s post and a bunch of others, Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012 RC are now available.  One of the consistent pain points in upgrading from one version of TFS to the next has been in upgrading the process for a team project.  With TFS 2012, we’ve taken our first…