How to distribute custom checkin policies and work item controls using the power tools

Custom checkin policies and custom work item controls are great ways to take advantage of the extensibility of TFS.  You can use checkin policies to enforce certain standards on checkins (even in your builds).  Custom work item controls allow you to add controls to your work item forms that present data in particular way, access other…

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Changes to the work item type schema reference docs

The folks who produce our documentation continue to experiment and find ways to improve our documentation.  The most recent change involves consolidating docs.  I’d encourage you to take a look and give them feedback. Significant Changes Made to Streamline the Content for Work Item Type Schema Reference A move has been afoot to eliminate topics…

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Sorting by multiple columns in work item tracking

Recently I was showing someone the results of a bug query and sorting by more than one column in work item tracking in Team Explorer.  When the person said he didn’t realize that feature existed, I decided it would be worth posting.  This also works in Team System Web Access. To sort by more the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

The download is available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=00803636-1d16-4df1-8a3d-ef1ad4f4bbab&displaylang=en. Brian recently wrote a post about the new features: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2008/07/08/july-08-tfs-power-tool-preview.aspx. This release also includes some bug fixes to the build notification app. Enjoy! Technorati tags: team foundation server 2008, tfs, tfs power tools

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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…

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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,…

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Visual Studio Team System Chat: April 9

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. In addition, discuss what’s new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. Add to Calendar April 9, 2008 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Additional Time Zones

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Teamprise 3.0 Ships!

Martin Woodward write that Teamprise 3.0 has now been released!  If you want the equivalent of Team Explorer integrated into Eclipse on any platform or need a client from Linux or Mac, you’ll definitely want to check out Teamprise. Here’s a quick bullet list of features that I lifted from his post.  I’m particularly happy…

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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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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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Team System Web Access for TFS 2008 CTP released

[UPDATE]  The final version is now available.  Team System Web Access for TFS 2008 Power Tool CTP is now available! For TFS 2008, TSWA will continue to be a power tool through the TFS 2008 release.  For the release after that, it will be a part of the regular product.  The final release of the…

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Changing TFS email notifications to link to Team System Web Access

Neno Loje has written a blog post that shows you the steps to change the links in the TFS work item alert emails into links to work items in TSWA.  The standard links point you to a read-only page, which is not nearly as useful. Check it out! Changing TFS email notifications to link to…

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Team Foundation Server 2008 Beta 2: Summary of links to Team Build information

Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, including Team Foundation Server 2008, is now available for download.  As mentioned in Soma’s post, Beta 2, unlike beta 1, includes the “go live” provision in the license, meaning that you can use it in production.  We’ve been using TFS 2008 beta 2 on our main internal dogfood server now…

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Visual Studio Team System Chat – August 1, 2007

The next MSDN chat is next Wednesday.  I’m going to try to be on the first one. Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. There will be two sessions: Join the chat on Wednesday,…

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MSDN chat with the VSTS (including TFS!) product group is today!

The first chat is at 1:00 PM Eastern time, so I’m planning to be in that one. Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what’s new in the upcoming Orcas…

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V1.0 of the Migration and Synchronization Toolkit has been released!

Matt Mitrik, program manager for TFS migration and synchronization toolkit, has announced the release of version 1.0.  Note that it also includes the source code so that you can extend it as well. Check it out! V1.0 of the Migration and Synchronization Toolkit has been released! The first complete version of the Migration and Synchronization…

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