How to send TFS build to a specific agent or server

There are times when you need to troubleshoot a build definition and why it is failing only on one server, or you bring a new build agent/server into the pool and want to test and need to send to specific build/server. To Send Builds to a Specific Agent: In the build definition, under General, add the…

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Error Parsing Command from Build Command Line Task for SSIS Project

The build Command Line task available in the Task Gallery provides the Tool and Arguments options for configuration. The Tool option is where you specify the executable to run and the Arguments option are the values to be passed into the executable. Worked with a customer on a support case where they were trying to…

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TFS and VSTS Support Blogs

Members of the TFS support team have several blogs to provide resolutions to support cases we work for customers. I try to add resolutions to support cases in which I could not find the answer from other sources. Thought I would just include some other blogs I use for research on issues: TFS Support: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dstfs TFS Support: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/tfssetup/ TFS…

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Impact on TFS Reports when Changing Work Item Area Path or Iteration

Recently had a case where the customer was about to reorganize the team project and assign new areas for the teams and update the iteration schedule and they were worried about the impact to the downstream reporting with all of the changes. Researched in-house and could not find a similar question being asked from a…

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How to unconfigure TFS 2015 Build Agent Service

There may be times when you need to unconfigure, or remove a build agent configured as a service  TFS 2015 and above and there are a few steps missing from the online documentation. UNCONFIGURE AGENT: The steps to configure/unconfigure are located here https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/build/admin/agents/v1-windows Open a command prompt in admin mode and navigate to the folder…

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How to Create a Report of Checked Out Files in TFS

TFS does not offer a report of checked out, or pending changes file list. The options to identify these files in a single view are either to use the TF.exe utility, or Attrice Sidekicks. TF.exe Utility: The TF.exe utility is run from a developers command prompt (Visual Studio is installed) and has several different switches to complete…

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MSB1009: Project file does not exist for TFS Visual Studio Build Task

If your Visual Studio build task fails with the following error code MSB1009: Project file does not exist, you probably omitted the actual solution file in the Solution text box. This indicates the solution file to build for the Visual Studio build task. The following shows just the folder path and this setting produces the error:…

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How to Create TFS 2015 Client Feedback Tool Offline Installer

This article explains how to create an offline version of Visual Studio https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt706497.aspx and the command is adapted to create the offline version of the Feedback client installer Steps: Download the web installer of the feedback client from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48142 to a folder. Open a command prompt and enter the following and change the path to…

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Build Agent Will not come Online and Error Message is Failed to Create Session

There are several scenarios to this issue and the resolutions are very similar with a few differences. I will add more scenarios as I work with customer support cases for TFS. First Scenario – Access Level Missing Customer created several domain user accounts to use to use for Build Agent when configured to run as…

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TFS Code Review – Multiple Users with Same Display Name Issue

The issue arises when a user has multiple accounts created/deleted in TFS over a period of time and even though the user has only one active account (the other accounts are marked as inactive in TFS), the Code Review module will present this error if the Display Name on the account is the same for…

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