Setting up Test Controller – Agent to do Automation Testing

The objective of this article is to provide step by step guidance on how to setup lab environment to execute automation test cases. Steps as follows: Download Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 5: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48140 System requirements to install Test controller and agent: TFS version, Test Controller and Agent compatible and supported combinations: Install…


AD Group refresh times out in Release Management 2013/2015 WPF setups: “Unable to refresh AD groups at this time. This can happen if AD is temporarily unavailable. Please try again. If the problem persists contact your application administrator.”

We’ve come across some SQL timeout issues with RM 2013/2015 when it has to process a large amount of users/groups to sync with AD. If your setup has a large number of users, permissions managed by adding users to AD groups, and in turn they’re added as RM Groups, you may run into this issue….


Visual Studio (VS) 2015.3 does not detect any files added under the folder named ‘Release’ on Team Projects with Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) on VSTS

We came across an interesting case where the user was having trouble adding new Visual Studio projects to TF version control. After adding a new file, it was not being identified as a pending add (The plus sign that we were supposed to see with new add(s) before check in on the Solution Explorer was…


TF401256: You do not have Write permissions for query Shared Queries.

Recently, we worked with a customer on an issue, where a Contributor was not able to save to Shared queries They were getting the below error. We checked permissions on Shared Queries, user is part of the Contributors group. Permissions on Shared Queries are set correctly. However, we found the license level of the User…


The test agent being used does not support the feature to execute tests by selecting Test Suite(s)

Scenario: You are trying to execute tests using the “Run Functional Tests” task, in a vNext build. Under Test Selection, you have chosen “Test Plan”, and have provided the plan and suite details, as indicated below.   However, the test execution fails with the below message: “The test agent being used does not support the…


In-place upgrade to TFS 2017 RTW (Release To Web) with Reporting and SharePoint

We wanted to create a stand-alone, in-place upgrade documentation for TFS 2017 per many customer requests, in addition to the upgrade overview here. This document gives detailed step by step procedure for the in-place upgrade from TFS 2015 update 3 to 2017 RTW with reporting and SharePoint. Before you start the upgrade, please check the…


Error: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

One of the most common issue with TFS/GIT users come across is the issue caused by self-signed certificates or the corporate certificates. Error: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate This Applied to: TFS 2015 update 3 Git 2.10.0 Android studio 2.1.2 Java 1.7.45 We used Android studio and VSTS/TFS plugin to clone…


TFS 2017 NuGet publisher task fails with 401 – Unauthorized exception

With TFS 2017, we have added the new Package Management feature, which lets you host your NuGet packages in TFS. Here is a walk-through of how you can use team build to restore and publish NuGet packages, by making use of the NuGet Publisher task Recently, I have been working with a customer who was…


Upgrade to Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2017.

This article aims to expand on the Upgrade overview and give a step by step walk-through of the upgrade to TFS 2017.There are some minor changes in the upgrade process that attempts to simplifies it. Upgrade Source Minimum Requirement: Your TFS databases must be at least at the TFS 2012 RTM level to jump to…