Code Review default queries not fetching data after upgrading to TFS 2015

We recently noticed that code review default queries are not fetching and displaying the data in team explorer. This behavior is noticed only for the reviewer’s login with the code review default query for the team project, which are upgraded from TFs 2013 version to TFS 2015. We tried a new work item query to…


TF218017 Error message while trying to create new Team Project.

I was recently working with a customer who was hitting the below error message while trying to create a new team project in TFS. TF218017: A SharePoint site could not be created for use as the team project portal. The following error occurred: Server was unable to process request. —–> The user does not exist…


Changing the TFS URL being used by a release definition from server name to DNS name in Release Management.

Scenario: I have two TFS connections added, for same TFS server, in Release Management. The first one was added before DNS was setup for the TFS server. So it was of the format: http://<tfsservername>:8080/tfs. Release definitions were also created and assigned to this TFS connection. The second connection to the same TFS server was added…


TF53001: The database operation was canceled by an administrator

During certain instances, if you do a commit/check in on a large chunk of source code, Undo a Pending Change for a branch, etc., on the TFS 2013.3/TFS 2013.4 server using SQL 2014, you might encounter the below scenario. Environment: TFS 2013.3/TFS 2013.4, SQL 2014. Error: when trying to access Source control or connecting to…


TFS build fails to trigger coded UI tests.

We have come across an issue where TFS build fails to trigger coded UI tests, based on how the Test Settings file is specified in the build definition. The failure message returned is as below: Error calling Initialization method for test class <projectname>.CodedUITest1: Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UITest.Extension.UITestException: To run tests that interact with the desktop, you must set…


Installing Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 on a TFS Application Tier can break the web access if TFS 2013 update 5 is not installed.

Having client software on a dedicated application tier is not advisable, and its proven to cause unwanted service breakdowns, here is a scenario which happens if you have Visual Studio 2013 installed on the app tier for TFS 2013 and if the Visual studio 2013 is updated to update 5 before upgrading TFS 2013 to…


Migrating Test cases in TFS 2013

When you open your test cases in Excel the Actions column appear in a format other than rich text like below. Now when you plan to migrate the test cases using Excel, the Action/steps column remains the same [non – rich text format.] One way to migrate/copy the test cases with the columns intact [text…