A link to my Ruby and Rails blog

Since life can’t be all Team Foundation Server and rainbows I’ve started getting serious about learning more about Ruby and the Rails framework.  To keep the TFS focus on this blog I’ve started a new blog dedicated to non-TFS tech topics http://www.GhostOnThird.com.  

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What to do when TfsQuiesce fails with "No associated service account for role TFSEXECROLE" error

When installing a service path on Team Foundation Server one of the first things that needs to happen is that TFS is “quiesced” – which basically means “to make quiet” – i.e. it’s running but it’s not accepting new client connections.  The tool that does this during the SP installation is called ‘TfsQuiesce.exe”.  This blog…

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Migration Toolkit Pre-release nears 100 downloads …

At this time 98 people have downloaded the TFS Migration and Synchronization Toolkit.  Ok – some of you are saying “100?  What’s the big deal?  A picture of a rabbit with a pancake on it’s head gets more downloads every hour!” And they would be right. But think big picture – what if 50% of the…

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Migration Toolkit Pre-Release published on CodePlex

Interested in writing a migration tool targeting (or synchronizing with) Team Foundation Server version control or workitem tracking? Then check out the pre-release of the TFS Migration and Synchronization Toolkit on CodePlex! http://www.codeplex.com/MigrationSyncToolkit This drop is the complete source code for the migration toolkit and sample converters.  The VC sample is an application that will…

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TFS Migration Toolkit Spec released for public review

As Matt noted on the migration blog a working copy of the toolkit specification has been released.  You can download it and leave feedback from this link: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa948851.aspx  If you have feedback on migration scenarios for version control, work item tracking or other products (test, office, web, file systems, etc) please check it out and…

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How to handle VSSConverter UserMap.xml files for users who no longer exist

When running the VSS to TFS converter (VSSConverter.exe) one of the most common questions I hear is how to create a UserMap.xml file for users who are no longer with the company or have had their accounts renamed.   My first suggestion is that any customer who has to deal with this issue (or any…

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WSS Rant – Linking to the latest version of a sharepoint document considered harmful. (Lessons 6 and 7)

SharePoint does not have persistent hyperlinks for all document revisions. More specifically – SharePoint has two methods for linking to documents: the canonical path and the revision paths.  The canonical path is the latest copy of the document at the time of the download request.  Every time a new revision is created the contents of…

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WSS Rant – finding out what changed is much more difficult then it should be. (Lessons 4 and 5)

In my previous rant I made this statement (quoted out of context): Migrating WSS content to TFS?  Piece of cake.  Just enumerate each WSS change and replay the action in TFS.  If you are doing an incremental migration then just enumerate those changes that have occurred since the last time you checked for changes. There…

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New Years without snow is … great. (Want to find out?)

Happy New Year and all that.  I spent the long weekend at Myrtle Beach soaking up rain or sun – depending on the moment you checked.  I’ve been out of Fargo for a year now, after nearly 30 years living in Minnesota and North Dakota.  I wasn’t timid about the winters growing up.  I’ve slept…

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