Getting started on your new Microsoft Surface RT

So, you’ve just unpacked your brand new Microsoft Surface with Windows RT. What now? Where do you start? Here’s my list of things to do and hopefully it helps you. Step 1 – Choose the right Microsoft account / Windows Live ID "Microsoft account" is the new name given to "Windows Live ID". You might…

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TFS2012: Monitoring Management Pack

The Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Server Monitoring Management Pack for monitoring TFS with System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 or 2012 is now available. You can download it here. The Team Foundation Server 2012 Monitoring Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012. It monitors TFS components such…


Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 1 is now available

The Visual Studio Updates are a new mechanism that the team is using to provide ongoing value through the year to Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server customers. For more information on the updates, see:  Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Now Available (Soma’s Blog) Visual Studio 2012 Downloads Page What’s…


TFS Administration Tool 2.2 Released

I am pleased to announce that the TFS Administration Tool 2.2 has been released. This release works against Team Foundation Server 2012 and installs on a machine with Team Explorer 2012. You no longer need to install Team Explorer 2010 to use this tool. Download TFS Administration Tool 2.2 (1.55 MB, MSI) The TFS Administration…


Premier Support Catalogue now available

As a Premier Field Engineer, we are constantly skilling up and getting accredited to deliver our proactive support offerings. All of these offerings are in the latest Microsoft Services Premier Support Catalogue for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Here’s the main offering that I deliver – the TFS Health Check. Customers love it because they…


From Server to Service: How Microsoft Moved TFS to Windows Azure

Recently I was invited to speak at TechEd 2012 Australia on my experience with building an Internet-scale service on Windows Azure. Rather than focus on the coding aspects which are documented quite comprehensively on MSDN, I focused on the operational aspects that are crucial to running a reliable service. Visual Studio Team Foundation Server is…


Fix: Analysis Services crashes while processing the TFS OLAP cube

I was on-site with a customer last week performing a Team Foundation Server Health Check (TFSHC). While I was there, I noticed that their SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 R2 SP1 instance had been crashing. So, I did what any good PFE would do and grabbed a copy of the crash dumps (SQLDmpr0001.mdmp) and analysed…


How to: Take a Memory Dump of an ASP.NET Application Pool Quickly

When I was running the internal Team Foundation Servers (TFS) at Microsoft, we sometimes encountered issues that could only be understood by analysing a memory dump. This was especially true on the Pioneer and Dogfood servers that were running pre-Beta builds. If the problem was serious enough (crashing, memory leaks, etc) that it needed a…


C25K: Couch-to-5K Running Plan and Windows Phone App

(I try to keep this a purely technical/work blog and it’s rare that I post personal things up here, but this is too good not to share). The 1st of July is the end of the Financial Year (in Australia, at least) and I find that I have better success with changes at this time…


How to configure HTTP access to the TFS Analysis Services Cube

This is a fairly obscure Team Foundation Server (TFS) and SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) configuration, but if you find yourself in this situation, it is another option for making the TFS Analysis Services cube available to your users. I would be surprised if it was ever tested by the TFS product team, but I…