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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How to Determine Version of TFS

These steps are for TFS 2012 and above: TFS Administration Console: The TFS Administration Console shows the installed version when the Application Tier icon is selected. However, this requires logging onto one of the application tiers and having the rights to open the console.     Web Browser Method: This is by far the fastest…

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RM 2015 – Execute Remote PowerShell Task Failing with Failed to Install VisualStudioRemoteDeployer

Just worked a support case with the customer using the RM task, Execute Remote PowerShell command on a Windows Server 2012 R2 server and seeing the following error message on a deployment: System.AggregateException: Failed to install ‘VisualStudioRemoteDeployere84cd437’ from service executable path VisualStudioRemoteDeployer.exe . Consult the logs below: Program ‘sc.exe’ failed to run: Object reference not set to…

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Load Balancer Configuration Suggestions for IIS

  The suggestions in this blog post are from countless reviews of IIS server farms for performance related issues and by analyzing the IIS logs and noticing patterns on how the load balancer(s) can impact the performance of the farm by creating additional load negatively impacting the performance of the web applications running on the…

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