TFS 2010 – Revoking database privileges to TFS accounts during normal operation

  This question has come up quite a few times and this is my take on this. During installation and configuration of TFS you give the TFSSetup and TFSService account certain DBO privileges on the SQL databases. Typically these are the two major accounts involved though you might have other accounts such as TFSReports, TFSBuild,…

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TFS 2010 Backup tool(wizard) fails to launch

Sometimes when you try to launch the TFS backup tool from the TFS Admin Console, you might notice that nothing happens. It just refuses to launch or silently dies. You basically have no clue why it fails to launch. You might get a stack trace of an exception like the below:   [Info   @16:37:52.805] GetToolsPath…

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Windows Server 8 – Hyper-V –I call it Uber virtualization

Though Windows Server 8 is still beta, it is garnering a lot of attention from the virtualization industry and customers as well. This is due to sheer number of breath taking capabilities packed into it and as well as the abundant savings customers make by using the virtualization capabilities built into it.   For starters…

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TFS 2010 Build – Controlling QtAgent32.exe (the test agent process) startup and termination from within Build workflow

TFS 2010 and the associated Testing infrastructure for Testing (aka Test Lab capabilities) are designed to work well together, because there are designed closely integrated with each other. In the design of the Test Agent process (QtAgent32.exe which runs on the Test Agent machine) there has been a lot of optimizations and efficiencies that went…

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TFS 2010 Power Tools – PowerShell Gems

One of the things that’s often overlooked is the availability of a strong set of PowerShell commandlets provided as part of the TFS 2010 Power Tools install. When you install it you get a robust set of PowerShell commandlets that you could use to do Version Control, Work Item Tracking, Workspace etc operations. Not only…

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TFS 2010 : How to apply check-in policies to only certain branches or folders

This question keeps coming up frequently, and so I thought to make a succinct post on how to do this.   First install the TFS 2010 Power Tools by downloading it to your Client box. You can do a bing search to locate the “TFS 2010 Power Tools download”. This has to be installed on…

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TFS 2010 – Application Tier Version Control Cache Configuration details

Its been a while since I posted. Busy with lot of things and as well some internal projects. Recently an internal project made me dig up this detail. Sometimes people experience some kind of disk pressure on the Application Tier due to the cache filling up and then go hunting on how to set the…

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