Activating Visual Studio 2013 on an Offline Machine

(File this under “I already know that”, but I get asked this question quite frequently..) Visual Studio 2013 likes to go online every so often to validate that it’s being used by a licensed user.  That’s all well and good, but what if that user is working in a permanently offline environment?  Fear not.  As…

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Visual Studio Online (VSO): Owning Multiple VSO Accounts

NOTE: This is not official guidance, nor may it be even officially a supported “feature” in the near future (my guess is that it’s not a directly intended capability.  It’s simply a short-term workaround that assisted a few of my customers that I thought I’d share. Update: You can now create multiple VSO instances under…

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Visual Studio Online (VS) – Transitioning from Early Adopter Plans

Now that TFS Preview Visual Studio Online is transitioning to monetized plans, I’ve received quite a few inquiries from my customer asking what to do. These are customers who are considered “early adopters” – those who signed up for an account prior to December 13th, 2013. This gives these users access to the full set…

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Better Multi-User Support for Work Item Tracking in TFS 2012

Consider this scenario: User A opens a work item (and keeps it open) User B opens the same work item, makes a change, and saves it. User A (with work item still open), decides to make a change. In Team Foundation Server 2010 (and previous releases for that matter), support for multiple users editing the…

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VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: TFS Feedback Management Behind the Scenes

In this post, I’m going to take a closer look at how the new Feedback capabilities in TFS 2012 works under the covers. In general, TFS users can request “feedback” from stakeholders about particular elements/areas of an application.  This can be either specific or general scenarios.  TFS manages the feedback process using work items and…

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VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: Using SkyDrive/OneDrive with Team Foundation Service (or Server)

April 2014 Updates: SkyDrive is now OneDrive Team Foundation Service is now Visual Studio Online Team Foundation Server has always had a great integration with SharePoint by allowing organizations to leverage the goodness of SharePoint’s web parts and document libraries.  TFS can surface reports and other statistics to SharePoint so roles that are on more…

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VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: When to Use the Feedback Client

As the Visual Studio family of products (Visual Studio, TFS, Test Professional) nears its 2012 release, I thought I’d bring some short hits – tidbits, if you will – to my blog. Some of these are pretty obvious (well-documented, or much-discussed), but some may be less obvious than you’d think. Either way, it’s always good…

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VS 2012 ALM Tidbits: The Feedback Client’s Two Modes

As the Visual Studio family of products (Visual Studio, TFS, Test Professional) nears its 2012 release, I thought I’d bring some short hits – tidbits, if you will – to my blog. Some of these are pretty obvious (well-documented, or much-discussed), but some may be less obvious than you’d think. Either way, it’s always good…

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VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: Requesting a Code Review on Code Already Checked in

As the Visual Studio family of products (Visual Studio, TFS, Test Professional) nears its 2012 release, I thought I’d bring some short hits – tidbits, if you will – to my blog. Some of these are pretty obvious (well-documented, or much-discussed), but some may be less obvious than you’d think. Either way, it’s always good…

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VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: Merging Changes by Work Item

As the Visual Studio family of products (Visual Studio, TFS, Test Professional) nears its 2012 release, I thought I’d bring some short hits – tidbits, if you will – to my blog. Some of these are pretty obvious (well-documented, or much-discussed), but some may be less obvious than you’d think. Either way, it’s always good…

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