Just-In-Time sysinternals tools!

I’m a few days behind on posting this, but now you can run the current version of sysinternals tools directly from \\live.sysinternals.com\Tools!  If you’re in PowerShell, you can just cd over to it, even.  If you don’t want to use a UNC path (or can’t for some reason), the tools are also available via http…

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Brian the Build Bunny ownz those Watership Down rabbits

Maybe I’m the only one, but that movie gave my 6-year-old self quite the nightmares.  I don’t think my parents got the memo. Unlike many animated features, the film faithfully emulated the dark and violent sophistication of the book. As a result, many reviewers took to warning parents that children might find the content highly…

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How does TFS 2008 pick which Reporting Services instance to use?

One of the painful parts of TFS 2008 install is that you can point (via the msiproperty.ini file) the install at the right machine for your SQL Reporting Services, but not the specific instance on that machine.  It’s a bit of a long story as to why that is, but it does lead to the…

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TFS + timesheets = TX Chrono

Jason mentioned their TXLooker back in early April, but not long after that, TeamExpand announced the beta of TX Chrono at VSLive. I know of a good number of companies that will love having something like this – getting their timesheet management into TFS (so it can be reported on, especially) will make life a…

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TeamReview – more integrated code reviews

The OOTB experience for code reviews isn’t horrible (shelvesets work fine, in my experience), but there’s not a good built-in way of tracking the code review process, especially the feedback given. Over the last month or so, JBBrown has done a ton of work on TeamReview which aims to tackle this problem, both making it…

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Secure by default and the list of team projects

Another brown-paper-bag bug in TFS 2005 was that, by default, all valid users could see the full list of team projects.  You would grant read access to some random team project and all of the sudden, when the user connected they could see all your team projects.  D’oh!  It wasn’t difficult to change the permissions…

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You can use your SVN clients (including TortoiseSVN) against TFS, including CodePlex

While there are projects like LizardTF, IMHO you’re better off running SvnBridge and then using your real SVN clients. SvnBridge allows you to use TortoiseSVN and other Subversion clients with Team Foundation Server. It converts the calls made by your Subversion client to the API supported by TFS. SvnBridge works by running an executable on…

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TFS 2008 SP1 Beta – we support SQL Server 2008, but just the February CTP

While we already have the code so SP1 final will support the RTM version of SQL Server 2008, because of changes during their development, our SP1 Beta only supports the "February CTP" version of SQL Server 2008. If you already have the SQL Server 2008 CTP installed and aren’t sure if it’s that CTP or…

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When you want to destroy something already deleted, you need a deletion id

I helped a friend via email with this last week and just noticed a similar blog post.  If you’re having trouble trying to destroy an item you already deleted (to free up disk space, for instance), you may find this helpful. http://kinnie.blogspot.com/2008/05/6-delete-vs-destroy-in-tfs.html The thing is that you need the deletion id of the item to…

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screencast on using Team Build 2008

Joel’s 12 rules rightfully includes 2 entries on creating builds.  While many would argue that rule 3 should be modified for continuous integration rather than daily, Team Build 2008 does a great job getting your team covered in both cases, and more importantly, for both rules. With this screencast, Steven Borg covers getting automated builds…

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