New book: Professional Team Foundation Server 2012

I’m very pleased to announce that our new book Professional Team Foundation Server 2012 is now available! It’s an update to the 2010 edition that reflects all the great new features and changes introduced in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012. For example, there are whole new chapters on Managing Teams, Agile Planning Tools and…

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TFS2012: New tools for TFS Administrators

This is a brand new feature in TFS 2012 that hasn’t really been documented or talked about yet. If you’re a TFS administrator and you browse to this address on your server, you will see a new web-based administration interface for some things inside of TFS: http://your-server:8080/tfs/_oi/ Activity Log The first page that we see,…


TFS, Load Balancers, Idle Timeout settings and TCP Keep-Alives

Since TFS 2010, it has been possible to have multiple Application Tier servers configured in a load-balanced configuration. If you use something like a F5 BIG-IP LTM device, then the default Idle Timeout settings for the TCP Profile can cause problems. (But don’t despair, read the whole post). Here’s the scenario: Between the TFS ASP.NET…


TFS: How to Customize Work Item Types

Team Foundation Server has allowed you to modify your Work Item Type Definitions since the first version of TFS. (Side note: this is not the case with the Team Foundation Service, but the team hopes to enable that at some point in the future. At the moment, limiting the customization allows them to innovate the…

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TFS2012: What are all the different Jobs built-in to TFS?

This is a question that I get occasionally, and it’s covered in more detail in the Professional Team Foundation Server 2012 book that I wrote. Team Foundation Server has a Job Agent built in. It’s implemented as a Windows Service that runs on your Application Tier servers. There are some tables and stored procedures in…

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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…


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…