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So in this post I will revisit a post I wrote a while back TFS Server Administrators (when you can't be a Windows server administrator). Is it possible to manage a TFS instance without being a windows administrator? Well I'm aware of one thing right now I can't do as a regular application administrator. There are probably others but we are able to be pretty affective by following the steps in this and the previous post. I wrote the first post about a year and half ago and after going through many ...
*Moved to: TFS Sticky Buddy v0.3.1 CTP1 There is a Community Technology Preview release of the Team Foundation Server Sticky Buddy digital dashboard project that is built using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). I have used the source code from the Family.Show project to create functionality and a look that is appealing. You can download it from the Codeplex site and you can raise bugs with the issue tracker...Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
In order to implement server-side XSD validation against an InfoPath form submission, I had to pull the XSD from the InfoPath document archive (XSN file) and use that to update an embedded resource in a SharePoint solution project (including automated checkout/checkin in TFS). I was able to do it using a batch file. Pretty specialized need, but maybe somebody could make use of it someday ;). @echo off rem ***************************... rem This batch file is used to extract ...
*Moved to: Creating a better TFS Sticky Buddy (Core) Over the last week I have been looking at the source for the Family.Show application from Vertigo. I needed to look at methods of presentation of hierarchical information graphically using WPF and I saw this as a good representation of that sort of data. So I se about not only converting it to VB.NET but adding generics to the mix. The first part of the application is the core objects that represent the data and allow interaction in a way that ...
*Moved to: Developer joins TFS Sticky Buddy project I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of interest in the Sticky Buddy project. I was particularly exited when Siddharth Bhatia contacted me, but disappointed that he could not get the proof of concept versions to work. Well, hopefully that is about to change with the addition of Eric Willeke to the development team. if you have been following the project you will see that he has been a avid tester from the beginning and I would like to welcome ...
What is normalization? Explain different levels of normalization? Check out the article Q100139 from Microsoft knowledge base and of course, there's much more information available in the net. It'll be a good idea to get a hold of any RDBMS fundamentals text book, especially the one by C. J. Date. Most of the times, it will be okay if you can explain till third normal form. What is denormalization and when would you go for it? As the name indicates, denormalization is the reverse process of normalization. ...
Brian Randell just posted about the new Demo VPC being available for download. This version will expire December 31, 2008. This virtual machine is running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, SP2. It contains a full installation of Team Foundation Server 2008, Team Build 2008, Team Explorer 2008, Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite and all necessary prerequisites. In addition, it has been updated with Office 2007 SP1, current Windows Updates as of March 25, 2008, and the December Release ...
I have talked about the SlickEdit Tools and Gadgets in the past (here and here) and have always been impressed with both of them. Previously, the SlickEdit Tools were only available for Visual Studio 2005. Now that Visual Studio 2008 is here, SlickEdit has released an update that works with both VS2005 and VS2008. The catch here is that this is much more than a simple update. The major difference is that the tools have been organized into two products: the Editing Toolbox (datasheet), which contains ...
If you use TFS, you have probably wanted to customize at least one of the reports or create your own custom report. Fortunately, the Microsoft patterns & practices group has published an excellent white paper that explains how to create or customize TFS reports. Technorati Tags: TFS ...
With the release of TFS 2008, Team Build is getting closer to providing the same features as CruiseControl.NET. To help remove some of the shortcomings of Team Build, Microsoft has released the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools, which is a set of enhancements, tools and command-line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server user experience. Team Foundation Server Power Tools includes the following tools: Team Foundation Power Tool command-line tool (TFPT.EXE) ...
A while ago I came across this excellent tip from Colin Beales that explains how to stop Visual Studio from automatically connecting to a TFS server when it starts up. I didn't need it until this weekend, but it works great and shortens the startup time as well. The tip couldn't be simpler and works for both Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008. In order to make this change, you will need to modify the registry so be sure to back it up first. After that, add a DWORD value named AutoLoadServer ...
When I started blogging here on GeeksWithBlogs it turned out that if want to publish any code samples I have to find yet another place to host the source code. I didn't own any web servers that I could use for this, so I started looking how other bloggers do this, and came across ProjectDistributor.net. It did exactly what I was looking for: ProjectDistributor is a web application for distributing small pieces of software - such as tools, components, widgets and controls. Users create groups to store ...
Maybe it's not so fresh information but it's worth mention here as TFS users would read this. Microsoft released fully configured virtual machine images with Team Foundation Server 2008 installed. There are two images: one with Visual Studio 2008 and one without it. After running you will have the possibility to play with all features as everything is configured and just works. For example you can test new build features and compare it to your current installation. One disadvantage is that you will ...
*Moved to: TFS Sticky Buddy POC (WPF) release You can now Download the TFS Sticky Buddy windows presentation foundation proof of concept demo from the Codeplex site. This is a proof of concept release of the Team Foundation Server Sticky Buddy digital dashboard project that is built using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). This is the main version of the application as the WinForms version of the application has been deprecated. There are some layout issues with this version, but they should ...
*Moved to: TFS Sticky Buddy POC (WinForms) releaseYou can now Download the TFS Sticky Buddy windows forms proof of concept demo from the Codeplex site. This is a proof of concept release of the Team Foundation Server Sticky Buddy digital dashboard project that is built using Windows Forms. This version has layout issues, but is provided as is for demonstration use. The extent of the layout issues will depend on your Area and Iteration layout within the selected project. The source code is provided ...
*Moved to: TFS Sticky Buddy layout fun... I had a lot of fun trying to lay out my TFS Sticky Buddy project using Windows Forms, and eventually decided that it was way to fiddle doing it in a Forms based application. It was not just that tables and panels don't work as I expected, but that there were way to many bits that were more difficult than they should be. This is mostly down to my inexperience and down right ineptitude with graphics and UI's, but it still should not be this hard. I know that ...
A question was posed to our user group's listserv yesterday. After typing up a response I saw that I had written a short novel on the subject, and thought it may be of use to those outside our group. First the question posed: > My employer doesn't want to expose it's production databases to the world, so they sit safely behind a firewall. The production web servers want to talk to those databases, so we open the right ports to let them talk through matching, local machine user accounts. This way ...
So someone was bound to do it sooner or later... might as well be me ;-). I got the new shinny Windows 2008 ISO from MSDN and install in a VM. 20 min later I was logging into W2k8. Very nice. I then add the IIS 7.0 feature and following the TFS install guide info about 2008 selected the proper added features ASP.NET HTTP Redirections IIS 6.0 Compatibility Default options Windows Authentication So far so good... I then used my scripts to install SQL 2005, I got the incompatibility prompt for SQL 2005 ...
*Moved to: TFS Sticky Buddy Codeplex projectI hade been looking with envy at the digital whiteboard experiment, and with dismay at the lack of open source for the project. So... I will be creating a version of the Sticky Buddy idea that will run off Team Foundation Server and allow teams to display information on the status of their development on one or many projects. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
One of my work mates has just started blogging (about time) Callum usually has something interesting to say about most things, and he is a bit of a guru on the following topics: Continuous Integration (TFS & CCNet) Testing (MsTest, NUnit, Mocking, etc etc) amongst other things Check out his blog here: http://callumhibbert.blogsp... ...
Just a couple: Nice free downloader: Orbit Downloader, leader of download manager revolution, is devoted to new generation web (web2.0) downloading, such as video/music/streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, support RTMP. And to make general downloading easier and faster. http://www.orbitdownloader.... HDQM will display information about the used disk space on your computer, so you can clean it right away.HDQM (Home Directory Quota Monitor provides information about the ...
*Moved to: Kerberos and SharePoint 2007If you want to use Kerberos authentication and not NTLM with SharePoint then there are some extra tasks that you need to get someone with Domain Admin privileges to perform. For EVERY dns / port combination a SPN needs to be added to Active Directory to tell it that it is allowed to use Kerberos to authenticate a specific account or server to that URL. In a production environment with a farm of multiple server you will need to use the account option. The account ...
*Moved to: The SharePoint Plan: Database move headache mitigationSharePoint requires SQL Server. That's a given, but what if you want to move the SQL Server databases to another server? TFS is easy enough to move between servers, but SharePoint is NOT. The only answer I can find is to do a full backup and restore from SharePoint, which takes time and effort. The PlanRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: New Event HandlersI have added an extra event handler to the TFS Event Handler (Prototype), and this makes two. Assigned To HandlerRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler (Prototype) RefreshI found a couple of bugs in the TFS Event Handler Prototype release. As I am still supporting this release (many people use it in production) I have fixed the bugs and uploaded new installers. The config files have not changed, so you should make a copy of your config file before you uninstall the application. Then reinstall it and copy the config files back and you will be sorted. I have this version working on a server and sending emails with the ...
I have Visual Studio 2005 environment and decided to try VS 2008. I've read some articles(e.g. here) about site-by-site installation and had an impression, that making a copy of solution is enough. NOTE: If you are using TFS, before conversion of the existing solution, obtain and install Team Explorer Client . VS 2005 is using TFS Source Control, but VS 2008 shows no Source Control plug-in installed. . After installing of VS 2008 I've copied my existing solution as MySolution2008 and opened it in ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler CTP 2 ReleasedI have just uploaded CTP 2 of the TFS Event Handler.This is a fully functional version of the application and I will be releasing documentation for this in due course, but all configuration of team servers and events is handled through the TFS Event Handler Explorer, but all Event Handlers are setup manually. I have attached two executables: Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler CTP1 ReleasedI have just released a new version of the TFS Event Handler. This is a really rough version and you should not be used in a production environment. Event handler system will work in this version, but a manual config is required, and the user interface is a bit flaky. Also all errors that occur in an individual handlers are ignored.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
As a follow-up to the TFS Work Item Tracking presentation I gave last night at IndyTFS, I want to provide some tips for getting started with editing work item types in TFS. First and foremost, make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest Team Foundation Power Tools. The Process Template Editor is included in that tool set. The downloads and instructions for TFS 2005 are slightly different from those of TFS 2008. So I'll cover those separately below. Version 2005 To download and install ...
Disclaimer – this article describes a fix that worked for me – YMMV…proceed with caution. I recently encountered a weird error with the TFSWarehouse data cube and reporting services for our site. It started out innocently enough with an error I hadn’t seen before in the event log (shown below) Well that was odd enough because it suddenly appeared out of nowhere, but then I also noticed odd things going on with the reports that TFS generates. It was generating reports but it was all stale data…apparently ...
After a few problems during my installation of Team Foundation Server, I was finally able to get things working properly. The solution was to remove Windows SharePoint Services from the server and allow the TFS install application to handle things. My thanks to Mickey Gousset and Etienne Tremblay for their suggestions and willingness to help me out ...
I recently upgraded my mouse and keyboard to the Logitech Wave wireless combo. The keyboard is taking a bit of getting used to (odd location and sizing of the delete, home, and end keys) and the wave design of the keyboards is... different. Overall though I am very pleased with the hardware. The mouse seems responsive and the keyboard is packed with loads of "doohickey" keys for launching media players, my favorite applications, pictures, even Windows media center (which I had never run before getting ...
If anyone out there has experience with Team Foundation Server installations, I would really appreciate some help. I am installing TFS 2008 on one server, so everything is there -- SQL, SharePoint, et. al. I have followed all of the instructions and installed all of the prerequisites. I am now ready to install Team Foundation Server. When I run through the install application, I get to the Windows SharePoint Services page. Now, I have a SharePoint installation already, so the application has disabled ...
I'm working on a project that involves building a library of string resources. Some of these resource values are small, consisting of a sentence or two, other resources are actually embedded XSL's, and can be quite lengthy. Visual Studio's built-in resource editor might suffice for other resource types, but is painfully inadequate for a large resource strings. My experience with the Visual Studio editor involves waiting 45-70 seconds for the initial data grid of strings to load, and another 30 seconds ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler RevisitedAs I now have a TFS server in the office and we have Go-Live on 1st February I will be revisiting the TFS Event Handler prototype. I think there is too much work in the main code to get it working, but I should be able to rework the Prototype for Visual Studio 2008 and Team Foundation Server 2008. Hopefully this will not be much work...Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
http://www.codeplex.com/TFS... I came across the information from the latest MSDN Flash. The information contained is awesome. Finally you have a guide to show you how to implement TFS into an organization. I believe the MSDN Flash states it perfectly "It's a collaborative effort between patterns & practices, Team System team members, and industry experts that shows you how to incrementally adopt TFS for your organization. " There is also a related Visual Studio Team System Guidance Project ...

If you are an administrator or user of Team Foundation Server, there is a new monthly online newsletter you should check out called TFS Times. It started 2 months ago, and the January 2008 issue focuses on Team Build.

Looking at January's issue, this newsletter looks like it will be a good resource for information on working with and maintaining your Team Foundation Server.

I don't know if this is a Windows Vista-specific trick, or maybe something related to Volume Shadow Copy (the service that supports System Restore), but there seems to be a major discrepancy on my hard drive. In Windows Explorer, open the C drive, select all, then Alt+Enter to open the properties dialog. Size: 128gb (137,787,853,411 bytes) Size on disk: 129gb (138,600,678,813 bytes) (Note: I don't know how there's an odd number of bytes, except that apparently NTFS uses some type of odd clustering ...
Another free ebook from Microsoft. This time it is from Microsoft Patterns and Practices Team. All the details are provided at http://www.codeplex.com/TFSGuide. You can read this book online or you can download it in PDF format. 
After we upgraded our server to Team Foundation Server 2008, our builds were failing. To be more specific, our builds were failing for lots of reasons, but the first problem was that the build server was unavailable. We needed to stop the Team Build Service - the build service for TFS 2005 (and set the startup type to manual), before starting the Visual Studio Team Foundation Build service - the build service for TFS 2008. Technorati tags: TFS, Team Build, upgrade ...
After installing VS2008, I quickly noticed the absence of some of my favorite IDE helpers. How do I copy project references between projects? How do I locate the current document in the solution explorer, without turning on that annoying "track active" option No problem.. I'll just reinstall CoolCommands, or as I like to call it "Commands That Microsoft Should Have included, but didn't" For the uninitiated, learn about coolcommands here -->http://weblogs.asp.ne... ...
Grabbed the VS 2008 bits and installed them a few days ago. Decided to update the site to Asp.net 3.5 so I can use all the new tools to annoy the 3 or 4 people that actually go to my site (my daughters, friends that might want to see pictures). I have a TFS server in my basement (not much of a box, as it supports a design team of 1, maybe 2 if my wife decides she wants to contribute). I am currently installing the new team explorer bits to get the latest version of the site. This site is based on ...
Just solved a problem, and wanted to document the solution. Problem: SharePoint MOSS 2007 Central Administrations site. Select Application Management --> InfoPath Forms Services --> Manage form templates. This runs the page _admin/ManageFormTemplates.... Response is the ever-helpful SharePoint screen: Error. Unknown Error. Thanks, guys. How do I turn on custom errors in SharePoint? And how do I get Manage form templates to work? Disclaimer: `No warrantees, express or implied, are granted with ...
In the wave of release we now have the final version of the TFS Web Access. Check out VSTS Web Access Power Tool for Team System 2008 released! Great work guys! Cheers, ET Technorati Tags: TFSWA 2008,TFS 2008 ...
Brian Harry recently announced the availability of Team System Web Access 2008. This is great news as TSWA is a great tool for those non-developers in your project that need to access workitems or look at files stored in version control. Technorati Tags: VS2008,TSWA,TFS ...
Are there really places that just use zip files for source control? Wow. I've been lucky to never have worked anywhere like that...VSS was always the lowest point I was at. Optimistic locking is a good thing; keeps things current. Friends don't let friends use VSS. Tortoise SVN has an adapter for TFS that allows you to see the status of your files (checked out, not checked out) in your explorer! Very kewl. Branching - How to Structure Your Sourcecode Folder Subversion can move the folder structure ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler gets 3 stars from AccentientAll be it it is only popularity, but they are stars non the less... Willy-Peter Schaub brought and update of the Team System Widgets page to my attention and I remembered that I had submitted the TFS Event Handler I built and headed over to take a look.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Hey all, I've seen a few things going around about this so I'd like to put in my .02c too. When opening a VS2005 solution in VS2008 their will be an upgrade wizard that will show up. If you go through the wizard and 'upgrade' the solution/project here is what happens: at the top of solution you just opened the first line will change from Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 9.00 to Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 10.00 That's it, nothing else gets change and ...
Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. We will be holding two sessions: Join the chat on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar | Additional Time Zones -and- Join the chat on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 from 4:00pm ...
An hour ago, I claimed (based on my my previous post) in my ASP.NET AJAX session @ IT WORX that VS 2008 would ship next week or by end f the month, but just now realized it has just been shipped already!! Quoting Somasegar[MSFT]'s post: am thrilled to announce that earlier today we shipped Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. Over the past few months, I have blogged about some incredible features that the team working on Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 have built. I wanted to share ...