Splitting up Git administer permissions

Like everything in VSTS and TFS, Git repos are protected by a set of permissions. For instance, you must have Read for a repo to clone or view its contents. Likewise, you must have Contribute to push changes. Until recently, you needed one permission to create, delete, or rename a repo, edit branch policies, or change other… Read more

Team Foundation Server 2017 and Kerberos Authentication

In Team Foundation Server 2017 we made a change to the default security support providers used by our IIS site for Windows Authentication. We didn’t anticipate this change attracting much notice, since we had ensured (through extensive testing) that there would not be any impact for existing TFS deployments and since we were making things… Read more

Announcing General Availability for Code Search

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Code Search in Visual Studio Team Services. Code Search is available for Team Foundation Server “15” as well. What’s more? Code Search can be added to any Team Services account for free. By installing this extension through the Visual Studio Marketplace, any user with access… Read more

How to setup environments for Agent-less deployments in Release Management 2013 with Update 3 RC

With Microsoft Release Management 2013 Update 3 RC, you can now use Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for deploying and managing configuration data. We now support deploying to On-premise environment (Standard) and Azure environments without having to setup Microsoft Deployment Agent.   Prerequisites PowerShell (PS) You can use PS scripts to… Read more

Migrating Your Data from TFS to Visual Studio Online with New Free Utility from OpsHub

Update (November 16, 2016):   We have released a new high-fidelity migration solution for TFS customers migrating to Visual Studio Team Services directly from Microsoft.  You can find out more at this announcement blog post:  https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2016/11/16/import-your-tfs-database-into-visual-studio-team-services/     Ever since we launched Visual Studio Online in November, we’ve had tremendous success with lots of teams… Read more

Visual Studio Online Guidance for Consulting Teams and Systems Integrators

If you are a consulting team or systems integrator partner this post is for you. In the Visual Studio Online team we are aware that many of you are looking for ways to more efficiently deliver projects for your customers. It has been a very popular scenario in the adoption of Visual Studio Online. We… Read more

TF255356: Known Issue with Configuring TFS 2013 RTM Express and Basic

This post is to report a known issue with configuration in Team Foundation Server 2013 RTM.  The issue is specific to configuring TFS Basic, Express, or Upgrade on a machine with SQL Express 2008 R2 SP1 or SP2 installed.  There is a workaround, which is outlined below.   Description If you try to configure TFS 2013 RTM (Basic,… Read more

TFS 2013 process templates get a name change

With the latest Team Foundation Service update and with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 RTM, we have changed the names of all process templates. From now on, the process template names will reflect the version of Team Foundation Server that supports their download. The new names are: Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2013 MSF for Agile… Read more

Announcing the availability of Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

Today we have released Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools This release supports Visual Studio 2013 RC Team Foundation Server 2013 RC To download this release please see: – Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools – Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Build Extensions – Microsoft Visual Studio… Read more

Set Local Workspaces as Default when Upgrading to TFS 2012

I was reminded yesterday by a customer about something in the upgrade process that I thought was a helpful reminder for all the TFS administrators.  If you are upgrading from an earlier version of Team Foundation Server to the recently released Team Foundation Server 2012, you’ll want to make sure you add one more step… Read more