Errors during TFS 2013 install–and how I worked past them

When you deploy TFS in any environment, you are likely to come across numerous errors which kind of throw you off. Below I am chronicling some of the errors, and how I worked past them, for my own reference. If it helped the reader I am glad. ERROR 1 TF255049: A connection cannot be made…

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Run various Linux distributions with applications on Azure Cloud

Well – often people think Microsoft is just that, only all about their own software. Well this is not true. MS  inter-operates and co-operates with several of the competitive OS from other vendors. Most notable being Linux, and when we talk of Linux not just the stock Linux but a plethora of Linux variants. (SuSE,…

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How to build previous versions of SRC code using TFS Build and Build Agent?

Most of the time you want to build the latest and that is fine. That is the default and works well. How about the case where you wanted to build a past version of the SRC code. TFS Team Build has this capability, though it is not very obvious.   For this pick up the…

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Cool new feature in Office 365 and Office 2013–Inline apps in Outlook, Word etc.,.

  Both Office 2013 Clients and as well as the Office 365 products now have a cool feature called “Apps for Office”. It is best to see what this is via an example. For example lets take the case of an e-mail. Depending on the content of the mail, say if you received an e-mail…

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TFS 2012 – Installing Remote SharePoint Extensions on a standalone SP server on Windows 2012

  Issue One of my friends had an issue with installing the Remote extensions for SharePoint which comes with the TFS 2012 media on a SharePoint 2013 (note only 2013 is supported on Windows 2012) that he had on a Windows Server 2012 machine. The SP 2013 is separate Windows Server 2012 instance, from the rest…

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How to edit TFS 2012 Build definitions and make changes to the Builds

  This gets asked quite often, hence the post  – how do I make my build to run on a particular machine only?. How to turn OFF work item creation on Build failure (as we have a high number of failures due to unstable builds) and while we are investigating that, we don’t want to…

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TFS announces Git Support–WooHa

  Today Brian Harry announced in his blog that TFS will support Git based repositories. To those that don’t know what Git is, it is a popular Version Control system within the Open Source Software (OSS) community, that is based on a distributed model of Version Control. Source code lives decentralized and in the developers…

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TFS Build definitions – How do I sort and organize a large number Build definitions?

Issue/Problem: I have a large number of build definitions, which are increasing by the day, as we are adding branches and along with that several builds per branch. Is there some way to “group” build definitions, and maintain some sanity, instead of pulling my hair?. Workaround/Solution Often times you have more than a few builds…

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