Listen to me on Radio TFS

The Radio TFS folks called me at home just before the holidays and spent the better part of an hour talking about what I do, some of the history of Team System and where we’re headed with our 2010 release.  As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s a fun format for getting some of the behind-the-scenes information…

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Updated Visual Studio Team System 2008 Trial VPC images available

For those of you that want to try out Visual Studio Team System 2008 including Team Foundation Server, without having to go through the process of installing the product, we have recently released four VPC and HyperV images for your use.  The “all-up” image includes Team Foundation Server, Team Build, Team Explorer, and Team Suite…

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Visual Studio sales site gets a facelift

Check out the updated sales site for Visual Studio at http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio.  On the new site you can find numerous case studies as well as some of our current offers for Visual Studio as well as Team System.  Finally, there’s in-depth information about the Team System line of products.  All in all, a very nice looking and (much more…

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TFS Branching Guide 2.0 published

I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but the VSTS Rangers have shipped again! This time, in the form of guidance for branching strategies using Team Foundation Server.  You can find this release on Codeplex: http://www.codeplex.com/TFSBranchingGuideII Selecting the right branching strategy is one of the most important aspects of TFS deployment. Picking the right…

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Check out the new Community tab on the Team System website!

As I mentioned recently, Sharon Elkins is our new website manager for Team System and she’s starting to make some changes to the site.  Some of those first updates went live today and we’d love your feedback.  You can see the new page here:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts2008/bb964396.aspx and read Sharon’s description / plea for feedback here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/selkins/archive/2008/12/10/new-community-section.aspx. Take…

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Dealing with the Team System 2010 CTP expiration

If you’ve been using the Team System 2010 Community Tech Preview VPC, you’ve probably noticed that the instance of Visual Studio within the VPC is getting close to expiring.  We expect that it will cease functioning around the end of the year and instead return the message “The evaluation period for Visual Studio Trial Edition…

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Team System has a new website manager!

A few months I grew my team by one person when we brought Sharon Elkins on board to manage the Team System website.  This is the first time we’ve had someone dedicated fulltime to our website and as such, I’m really excited that she’s joined our team.  The website will finally get the attention from…

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System Center 2007 Management Pack for TFS 2008 is available!

The Team System Rangers have delivered again!  This time it’s a comprehensive Management Pack for TFS 2008 working with System Center 2007.  This release represents an amazing amount of effort and coordination between the Ranger, the TFS product team, the System Center team, Microsoft Consulting Services and a number of early adopting companies.  We hope…

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Thoughts on Exit Criteria

On occasion I write an email to the Team System team that steps back and tries to explain a little bit about the background of why we do something rather than just what we’re doing and when it’s due.  I’ve been wondering recently if these updates would be interesting to folks outside of our team. …

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Check out the new Team System 2010 CTP

I’m really excited about the news today that we’ve released the latest Team System 2010 Community Tech Preview (CTP).  It follows on to the April 2008 Rosario CTP and as you might imagine in the past 6 months we’ve poured a tremendous amount of good stuff into the product.  We’re not quite done with the…

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