TFS 2013 Process Templates

Whether your new to Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 or have used it since Pre-Beta TFS 2005, the Team Project Process Templates have always seemed to be something mystical to people. I often get asked “What does a task or test case relate to?” or “can I have a user story relate to another user…

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TFS Tidbits–The Atomic Check-In

In a previous article, I talked about how TFS treats check-ins as atomic transactions. In a nutshell, when the check-in is initiated, Visual Studio will provide TFS with some basic information about the check-in. like the number of files and the work item(s) associated with it. When the transmission is complete, all the elements will…

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Visual Studio 2012 ALM VM and Hands-On Labs now has Update 2

Brian Keller has updated the Visual Studio 2012 ALM VM and hands-on labs to include VS 2012 Update 2. All labs have been revised slightly based on Update 2, with two labs gaining new exercises which demonstrate Update 2 capabilities. It’s a pretty large download and Brian offers a good technique for you to use…

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TFS Basics–Changeset

When I talk to customers about how they keep track of changes of their source code, you may (or may not) be surprised with what I hear. They range from using some source code control management (SCCM) tool to archive files using ZIP or RAR files. Hopefully you’re using a SCCM tool. As part of…

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TFS 2012 and Project Server 2013 VM with Labs available

One of the aspects of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is that its about process. The other two being people and products. Part of the process is managing the portfolio of projects an organization is responsible for, manage the people that can work on the projects, and keeping track of the tasks people are working on…

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TFS Basics–Branching Visualization

I’ve been talking to a lot of customers recently about Team Foundation Server (TFS) as a source code control management (SCCM) tool. Some are coming from Visual SourceSafe while others are coming from other SCCM tools. Regardless of what SCCM tool they’re coming from, the subject of branching always comes up, and the question of…

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Microsoft’s DevOps Story Just Got Better

Last week, Microsoft released System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. Having been an operations manager before, there’s a lot of enhancements that would have made me happy in that former life. What really gets me excited is that this service pack are the features added to the Operations Manager because it really expands the DevOps…

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VS 2012 TFS Monitoring Management Pack is now available!

A lot of operations folks I come across love the fact that TFS (Team Foundation Server) doesn’t require a full time administer to keep tabs on the environment, configuration, etc. With that said, the usually follow-up that statement with this question: “if no one is babysitting it all the time, what’s the best way to…

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Now Available – Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

This is certainly an exciting time at Microsoft. Just a few months again, we launched Visual Studio and .NET 4.5 to the world. At the same time, we also launched Windows 8 to the world. And since then, we’ve be releasing new versions of every current version of software we make (SharePoint, Office, Project, Visio,…

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It’s Alive! Team Foundation Services that is.

At last year’s //Build conference, we announced the preview of Team Foundation Services hosted on Windows Azure. For about 6 months, the only way to get on the services was if you were given a registration code from someone from Microsoft. Then we removed the registration restriction and made it available for everyone. Since its…

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