On-Prem TFS to VSTS Migration – Helpful Commands

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★   If your company/Team is planning to migrate on-Prem Team foundation Server (TFS) collection(s) to Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), VSTS team have published documentation (Here) to get started on the process. If you are already in process or getting started to move on-Prem TFS collection(s) to VSTS below are some of the commands…

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TFS: Work items delete

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ As a TFS/Collection administrator I come across scenarios to improve overall health of the TFS environment.   One common scenario is cleaning up data. Periodically I will clean up data to makes sure the TFS collection is in a manageable/healthy state. This also helps to improve overall TFS performance and reduced sync latency in…

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TFS: Clone build definition via visual studio client

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Cloning a build definition could be a very useful feature to save a lot of rework and time. Cloning build definition feature is available via Power tools (not available with default VS or Team explorer installation).  Power tools version should be installed based on the visual studio (VS) version installed on the client irrespective…

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Team Foundation Server Useful SQL Queries

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Below mentoned TFS SQL queries could be helpful in investigations, gathering important information from project collection database. Please note that some of the queries execution may impact TFS performance and it is not advised to make any changes via SQL backend. TFS Version: TFS 2012 or higher Top 10 Commands with highest average response…

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Team Foundation Server Certification (70-496)

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Administering Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Certification (70-496) is excellent way to get in-depth knowledge of the product and is extremely helpful in TFS administration. Sharing below resources which were extremely helpful in Clearing my certification exam. While these resources could be helpful in the exam there is no better way to read the…

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PowerShell: Add/Remove multiple security groups on multiple windows servers

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Add multiple security groups on multiple servers # This script will add multiple groups on multiple serevrs # Make sure you have one server in each row in the servers text file # you must have administrator access on the server $ServersList = “D:\ServersList.txt” $ServerNames = get-content $ServersList$UserGroupFilePath = “D:\SecurityGroup.txt” $UserGroupList = get-content $UserGroupFilePath$DomainName…

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TFS Proxy – Unsung Hero

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ 1. Overview Source files download operations could be pretty resource expensive operations and could impact overall TFS instance performance. A proper implementation of TFS proxy (for source code download operations) can help to increased TFS instance performance also reduce total time to complete the download operations. TFS proxy can also help to reduce total…

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