Visual Studio 2005 and Team Foundation Server Recent Updates

Visual Studio 2005 SP1 This download installs Service Pack 1 for Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team System.More Details: Visual Studio® 2005 Team Foundation Server SP1This download installs Service Pack 1 for Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Foundation Server.More Details: Visual Studio® 2005 Express Editions SP1This download installs Service Pack 1 for Microsoft® Visual…


Visual Studio Team System Chat – Wed, Nov 8th

Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what’s new in the latest Community Technology Preview (CTP). Join the chat on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 from 10:00am – 11:00am Pacific Time….


Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Resources

Although this is not the official list of resources, I had some questions from people asking where to find various bits for VSDB, so here is the most current I could find: Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals (CTP 5 – Beta Published 10/3/06, 120.2 MB) Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database…


Recording WebTests with VS2005 Web Test Recorder and IE7 on Vista

ScenarioIf you start Visual Studio 2005 on Vista and create a new web test you may experience that web recordings no longer work.   VS2005 RTM (non SP1) must communicate with the Web Recorder.   You may get an error that says ” … you can only launch the web test recorder from within Visual Studio 2005…”. Solution #1One…


Making a shallow copy of a single Team Project from one server to another

A lot of people have asked “How can I copy work items between Team Projects?”.  Well, the answer is complex.  This blog post is to give an example of one (of many) ways to address this situation. Background Visual Studio Team Foundation Server is an advanced enterprise lifecyle management tool.  The complexities start when a single…


Long time since last post …

Sorry for the long time in between posts.   My new engagement as a VSTS Ranger at Microsoft is keeping me busy! It is so exciting working with people from the VSTS Product Group, clients around the world, and peers within Mircrosoft Consulting Services.


Difference in MSBUILD from command-line versus IDE (paths and backslashes)

ScenarioHave you ever had problems building from command-line using MSBuild when the IDE builds just fine? Do you have build events that use the Macros or environment variables? Well then I may have found the issue … ReasonWhen the IDE call msbuild it appears to setup all those envrionment variables such as devenvdir with a…


Installing Virtual PC Laptop Hotfix patch on Vista Beta 2 or later

With the new security features of Vista Beta 2 (or later) you may have problems installing Microsoft Patch files (msp). For example, the laptop hotfix that is included with VPC 2004 SP1 vpc2004qfe889677_msdn.msp when run access for access but fails and rollsback. To troubleshoot the install issues: Start a command prompt as administrator Go to…


MSBuild or Team Build Tasks in the Community

Just thought I would consolidate some resources after my searching for some extensions to MSBuild.  It looks like the internet and corporate community is very active. Here is a list of a few sites of interest. The resources are listed in order of what I personally like first.  Note that the following links and organizations…


How to determine size of .NET managed object in memory (like a sizeof for reference types)

An approximate way to determine the size of object usage in memory can be done by checking the total memory before and after the creation of the object.  In the following example it is assumed you have a class named foo. long StopBytes = 0;foo myFoo; long StartBytes = System.GC.GetTotalMemory(true);myFoo = new foo();StopBytes = System.GC.GetTotalMemory(true);GC.KeepAlive(myFoo);…