Identify your TF server version and machine info with BGInfo

BGInfo is a great little tool written by Bryce Cogswell from Sysinternals. I use it extensively because I have so many PCs and VPCs that help me do my daily work supporting customers. I have customized it to display (among other things) the machine name, domain, IP and MAC address. I find BGInfo very helpful…

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Duplicate Entries in Hyper-V Manager Driving Me Batty!

I have a headless Windows Server 2008 machine that I use only for Hyper-V. This server hosts 19 TFS installs of mine now, and I manage my VPCs from my Vista Ultimate desktop using the Hyper-V Manager MMC for Windows Vista SP1 (available here: x86 and x64). It’s a very cool tool and works really…

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My Experience Setting Up TFSWindows SeverSQL Server 2008

Set up *another* VPC today. This is my first personal install of TFS 2008 ATDT on Windows Server 2008 with WSS 3.0 and Katmai (SQL Server 2008). I say personal because I’ve set one up for someone else before. Anyway, I did as I always recommend to my customers… Start with CLEAN hardware (clean disk…

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Sticky Mouse in Windows Server 2008 & Vista Hyper-V VPCs!

If you’re a regular reader you already know that I use virtualization a lot in my daily work with TFS and customers – it’s great for reproducing issues without hosing up your server (rollback to a snapshot). Anyway, one thing I noticed with VPCs running Windows Server 2008 (WS2K8) and Vista which I bring up…

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SharePoint Services and Team Foundation Server 2008 Warm Standby

We’ve done some testing on the recommended ways to install Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) for use with a Team Foundation Server (TFS) warm standby Application Tier (AT) configuration and we would like to share our suggestions with you. If you are planning a TFS warm standby configuration, you should plan to install WSS on a…

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Setting up Team Foundation Server 2008 for HTTPS / SSL

There has long been a walkthrough available on MSDN for accomplishing this task. We in support have found however that while this ‘official’ walkthrough is quite helpful, it is lacking in some areas and is missing some key items. Over the course of several support issues with customers who have tried to follow this walkthrough,…

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