Resetting Reporting Services 2005 for Team Foundation Server

Nine times out of ten most TFS related Reporting Services 2005 issues can be resolved by resetting everything back to the original settings.  Follows is a guide on how to do excatly that.  Please ensure you back everything up before doing this and it is at your own risk.  Saying that it’s vary rare it…

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Recreating SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 Data Sources for Team Foundation Server

Under some situations you may come across an issue that requires you to delete and recreate the data sources for Reporting Services 2005 for your instance of TFS.  An example would be where you need to rebuild your server from a backup but for whatever reasons the SSRS encryption keys were not backed up themselves. …

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Team Foundation Server 2008 Disaster Recovery

As I mentioned some time ago I have been writing a few documents to compliment the official documentation.  I figured I would start with a flourish and post this document first.  I have pasted the Abstract below as a taster for the rest of the document: The purpose of this document is to outline a…

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Useful Links

This post is more for myself than anyone, it is a collection of links difficult to find that are nevertheless very useful.  If they can help others as well then all the better. Team Foundation Server Customizable Team Foundation Build TargetsTeam Foundation Build TasksTeam Build 2008 Build Definitions Windows Home Server We Got Served  …


TFS Activity Logging in TFS 2005/2008

There is a feature of TFS that allows all commands run through it logged to an internal database.  This is the TfsActivityLogging database and one of its key features is that it can never grow to large.  If enabled, activity logging will log all commands with a minimal overhead and will only log the last…


Windows Home Server and Live Mesh

Regular readers of my blog will know I’ve been a fan of Foldershare on Home Server for a while now.  The main reason for this is a simplified version of “Offline Files” that works across the internet.  It also works as a nice backup when remote access fails and I cannot connect normally for some…

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Win32 Error Codes and HRESULT Definitions

Not the snappiest of titles though if you are debugging Win32 applications, COM servers or just see a random error code in your event log these two mapges may be of help… HRESULT ValuesWin32 Error Codes I’ll try and come up with something more interesting for the next post… Jason

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Virtual Server and Differencing Disks

Another trick I use in Virtual Server is the use of differencing disks.  A differencing disk is one that inherits it’s contents from a parent disk, a powerful tool when used to the ful.  For example, I have a blank installation of Windows Server 2003 SP2 on a VHD.  I have set that VHD to…

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How To: Failover a Mirrored Data Tier when the Principle Data-Tier is Not Available

Recently I’ve been working on SQL mirroring with TFS and concentrating on worst case scenarios, when the principle data tier goes down.  The whole point of mirrors with TFS, as I understand it, is high availability.  With regards to setting up mirroring for your data tier I the documentation is quite clear (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa980629.aspx) however the…


Vista Media Centre and Freeview

So, I ordered a dual tuner (http://shop.blackgold.tv/product/3550.html) and plugged it in to the aerial feed from my roof.  So far I am incredibly impressed.  After installing the drivers for the USB stick MC picked it up straight away and started the setup process.  After tapping in my postcode and choosing which transmitter I was pointed…

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