Visual Studio Online reliability improvements

We’ve had a number of outages and other serious incidents in recent months. It’s clear we haven’t done enough to invest in reliability of the service, and I want to give you some insight into what we are working on that will be coming in January and beyond. First I want to give you a…

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How to add licensed users to VS Team Services via the API

NOTE (Sept. 16, 2016): I need to update the solution file to work with VS 2015 and test the code again. A while back someone asked a question about how to use the API to add licensed users to a VSTS account and change licenses for existing users (instead of the web UI to invite…

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How to provide non-admins access to activity and job pages

When we shipped TFS 2012, we introduced a feature in the web UI that makes it easy to look at the activity and job history. In the post I mentioned that you had to be an admin to be able to see the information. A question about this came up last week, and Sean Lumley,…

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yesterday, Brian took ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after being challenged by both Scott Guthrie and Adam Cogan. Brian then challenged me, James Phillips, and David Treadwell. I didn’t want to turn down a challenge from Brian. I happen to be in Redmond this week, so I thought why not do it with my team here….

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Ten years of blogging

This past week was the tenth anniversary of blogging here. Over that time I’ve written 560 blog posts. There’s clearly been a drop in my blogging frequency, unfortunately, in recent years. I’ve spent more time interacting with folks on Twitter over the last couple of years than on blogging because of the Visual Studio Online…

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Azure Portal Preview and Visual Studio Online: Adding a user

Today at the Build Conference, we showed a preview of the new Azure Portal, and that includes a preview of deep integration with Visual Studio Online. As with any preview, it has some rough edges and limitations. One of the limitations is that you have to create a new Visual Studio Online account through the…

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Patch for issue with Visual Studio 2013 Queue Build dialog

In Visual Studio 2013 and Team Explorer 2013 there is a bug that will cause the “What do you want to build?” combo box to be disabled and the entire Parameters tab to be blank. We have now released a patch to fix this bug: KB 2898341. This bug occurs when using VS or TE…

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Visual Studio and Team Explorer 2013 no longer require IE 10 for installation

When Visual Studio 2013 and Team Explorer 2013 were originally released, the installation process required that Internet Explorer 10 or newer was installed. Today we released updated installers that no longer require IE 10. You will get a warning at the beginning of your installation that looks like the screen shot below. For VS 2013…

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Updated Team Foundation Server 2013 download addressing web and installation path issues

Today we have updated the TFS 2013 installation packages both on the web download page and in MSDN subscriber downloads. The reason is that we found two bugs that we wanted to address broadly. We’ve made changes to be able to catch these types of issues in the future. Here are details on the two fixes….

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Git and HTTPS with TFS 2013

Philip Kelley has written a great blog post that explains using HTTPS with Team Foundation Server 2013. In it he explains basic auth and Windows auth among other things. If you are using a self-signed certificate, the post will tell you how to add it to your client so that git.exe will work. Git network…

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How to fix an error with the Windows 8.1 upgrade utility

I had gotten a Windows 8 upgrade key with the purchase of a computer last summer. I hadn’t used it, so I wanted to upgrade a desktop my family uses. I ran the utility WindowsSetupBox.exe that you can download from the Upgrade Windows with only a product key page. However, it failed quickly after choosing…

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What’s installed on the build machine in Visual Studio Online?

If you are using Visual Studio Online and wondering what’s installed on the build machine for your builds to use, we have a list here. Tarun Arora, one of our MVPs, put together a web site that shows a comprehensive list of what’s installed: http://listofsoftwareontfshostedbuildserver.azurewebsites.net/. Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/tfsbuck

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Team Foundation Service 2013 RC is go-live–use it in production

Have you upgraded to TFS 2013 RC yet? It’s a supported, “go-live” release that you can use in production. We are using it ourselves in production our biggest internal server (I’ve written about that server before). Download TFS 2013 RC and upgrade. You can check out what’s new here (hint: the background image at the…

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How to delete a team project from Team Foundation Service using the web UI

[Update 18 Nov. 2013] It is now easier to get to the UI to delete a project. Navigate to the home page for your team project, then click on the gear icon in the upper left, and then you can click on the drop down arrow that will show up when you mouse over the…

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Team Foundation Server 2012.2 (aka Update 2) now available

Today we released the second update for TFS 2012 (TFS, TFS Express). You will find a detailed list of features in this blog post. You need to install the one that matches your installation – full or express. You do not need to uninstall TFS 2012 RTM or TFS 2012 Update 1. Installing TFS 2012.2…

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How to see activity and job history in TFS 2012

[Update 9/15/14] Here you can find permissions for these pages. [Update 4/24/15] Added information about filtering job history by result. With TFS 2012, we introduced a new feature in the web UI that makes it easy to look at the activity and job history on your TFS 2012 server (this feature was first introduced in…

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Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 2 supports 2010 Build Agents and Controllers

[UPDATE 9/26/13] TFS 2013 will include support for both TFS 2010 build agents and controllers and also TFS 2012 build agents and controllers. One of the changes we made in TFS 2012 for Update 2 was to support TFS 2010 build agents and controllers. This provides several major benefits. The first is the obvious one…

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OData Service for TFS v2

Brian Keller has released a beta of the second version of his OData service. We are also working to bring it to TF Service, so stay tuned. Check out the beta and give him feedback! OData Service for Team Foundation Server v2 Today we are releasing the beta of the OData Service for Team Foundation…

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New build of git-tf required for use with Team Foundation Service

Yesterday’s update of Team Foundation Service requires a new build of git-tf, which is now available for download. Using a version of git-tf prior to the update will result in repeated prompts for your password but will never succeed in authenticating. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tfsbuck

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