Notion Tools for Team System

The guys over at Notion Solutions released a set of tools that add some convenience to some typical Team System tasks.  I’ve worked with the tools, an they’re pretty easy to configure.  I was talking with Chris Menegay, and he said that they just had common day-to-day tasks that they needed to accelerate.  You can…

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Team Foundation Build Recipes Site

Grant Holliday was an MVP, but now he supports internal VSTS/TFS operations here at Microsoft.  He’s got a great blog over at Grant Holliday’s blog. Before he came to Microsoft, he maintained a Team Foundation Build Recipes site. He turned it over to William Bartholomew, who’s maintaining it nicely. It’s a set of examples which…

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When your web test recorder doesn’t show up

I typically run a 64-bit OS, so I occasionally see an issue with the Web Test Recorder explorer bar.  For example, the Web Test Recorder explorer bar wasn’t coming up during a test.  When I added the explorer bar manually, it wasn’t capturing any of the web interactions. It turns out, I wasn’t running Visual…

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Atlanta Code Camp—March 14th

Steve Andrews and I both have sessions about VSTS in the upcoming Atlanta Code Camp.   Registration is already open.  We’ve got a lot of speakers on LINQ, Azure, OSLO, Ruby, Search, Silverlight, and more sessions. I’m going to talk about “Why Everyone Should Use VSTS”, and show some ways that VSTS can help you spend…

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Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, and Some of the Effects

Some of you might have seen an error like Could not load type ‘Microsoft.TeamFoundation.WorkItemTracking.Client.WorkItemTypeDeniedOrNotExistException’ from assembly ‘Microsoft.TeamFoundation.WorkItemTracking.Client, Version=9.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a’ (ref) or you might be using the Team Test Load Agent and see something like Failed to queue test run ‘username@MYCONTROLLER 2008-06-13 11:17:28’: Object of type ‘Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.LoadTesting.LoadTestConstantLoadProfile’ cannot be converted to type ‘Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.WebStress.WebTestLoadProfile’. or some…

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New Case Studies

KBC Bank is a Belgian-based bank with eleven million customers, and have developers and project managers located on different continents. They increased developer and manager productivity, improved software quality, and shortened project cycles by using Team System, realizing an 89% ROI. Read more here: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=201311   EDS is a huge SI, with 117,000 employees. They…


Shadow folders in TFS

After I’ve told everyone that it can’t be done in Team System, Buck Hodges posts how to emulate that behavior: http://blogs.msdn.com/buckh/archive/2006/03/02/shadow-folders.aspx.

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Sync points in Team System Load Tests

Sync points are something you can use to drive heavy load on a system. In some other tools, they’re called “Rendezvous points”. For example, you could have every user adding items to shopping carts at their own pace, then synchronizing so that they all check out in the same instant.  One of the nice aspects of…

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New Team System Roadmap posted

The first posting of the roadmap is available here. You can see the update on Brian Harry’s blog here: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/04/05/update-on-team-foundation-server-roadmap.aspx. There are some good aspects being added to the roadmap, like the web access power tool. Some nice items have already made the local CTP’s. There are a few things that got cut, like installation…


More places to look for Team System Information

I just finished the OnRamp240 event in Charlotte yesterday, and there were a couple of items that they wanted me to post. So, here goes: http://www.codeplex.com/BranchingGuidance Project structure, branching, and promotion guidance from some Microsoft specialists in that area. http://www.codeplex.com/VSTSGuidance Lots of “what to do”, “why to do it”, and “how to do it” advice…