Team Foundation Power Tools for Team Foundation Server 2008 available now!

Earlier today, we released the first version of the TFS Power Tools for TFS 2008! I want to highlight the build notification application.  This tool alerts you when a build is started or completed.  If the build breaks, you’ll know immediately. I posted a preview of the build notification app back in September.  Based on…

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MSBuild Sidekick V2 beta

Eugene Zakhareyev has released a beta of the second version of MSBuild Sidekick.  This version adds some unique features, including visualizing the build targets.  If you’ve ever had to pick up someone else’s msbuild project files, you’ll really appreciate this feature. Here’s a screenshot of the target visualization from Visualization in MSBuild Sidekick v2. You…

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How offline mode works in TFS 2008 version control

Ben Ryan, a developer on the version control team, has written a couple of posts about the offline feature introduced in Team Foundation Server 2008 Version Control.  The first one in particular answers some questions that have come up. When and how does my solution go “offline”? TFS 2008 adds improved support for “offline” scenarios. …

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WiX to be included in the Visual Studio "Rosario" release

Rob Mensching has written a post about the WiX toolset being included with the Rosario release of Visual Studio Team System.  WiX is part of the toolset used to create the installation packages for Visual Studio, as well as being one of the first open source projects ever at Microsoft.  Whereas Visual Studio setup projects…

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Building Ant projects with Team Foundation Build

Martin Woodward has written a post on using Ant within Team Build 2008 and 2005.  He includes an initial release of the binaries and documentation.  This is great for the folks using Java with TFS! Building Ant projects from Team Build With the recent release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server we are…

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Web Deployment Projects (WDP) for Visual Studio 2008 CTP

[UPDATE 2/3/08] The final version is now available.  I know a lot of folks have used web deployment projects (WDP) with Team Build.  The WDP release for VS 2005 does not work with 2008.  The web developer team has just released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of WDP for VS 2008.  Being a CTP, it’s…

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Video on the new features in Team Foundation Build 2008

There’s a great new video on the MSDN web site by Richard Hundhausen that goes over the new features in Team Foundation Build 2008.  It’s one of the featured videos this week.  The video covers the major new features and provides a great introduction to the product. How Do I: Learn the New Features and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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TSWA tip: Copy a bug to quickly file a new bug in an area related to the original

Like Team Explorer, Team System Web Access does not support work item templates yet (though you can get a power tool work item template add-in for Team Explorer 2005 — look for power tools for TFS 2008 in December).  However, you can use the “Create Copy of Work Item” feature to copy a work item…

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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…

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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…

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How to uninstall VS 2008 Beta 2 before installing the final version of VS 2008

There have been a few questions about how to correctly uninstall all of VS 2008 Beta 2 in order to install the final version of VS 2008.  Scott Guthrie posted the steps for doing this earlier today.  A subset of this list would apply if you have installed Team Foundation Team Explorer 2008 Beta 2,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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How to list the team projects created with a particular template in TFS 2008 or 2010

This question came up on an internal discussion, and I thought the answer would be useful to post. Question How we can find the list of projects created with the a particular VSTF template in TFS 2008 or 2010? In TFS 2005 we can find out programmatically as well with the query but in the new…

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