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UPDATED Jul 3rd 2013: Added Art of Unit Testing Version 2 UPDATED Apr 11th 2013: Added Instant TFS 2012 and Project Server 2012 Integration How-to UPDATED Jan 12th 2013: Added Prof TFS Server 2012, TFS 2012 Starter, Pro ALM with VS 2012 and VS 2012 Cookbook UPDATED Dec 8th 2011: Added Kanban book by David Anderson “Send me a list of books to read” – that is what I am often asked. No more, as this list is an answer to those request! I have divided it into different subject areas, and each area hold ...
For (almost) all developers, there’s no greater feeling, then knowing your source code is (relatively) safe. The same counts for T-SQL script. Especially if you know that you need the same code next year (argh). So first thing I did after the initial release of scripts, was looking for a way to check-in T-SQL from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). So a colleague of mine, Dries (Blog | Twitter), dropped by with a solution: TFS MSSCCI Provider 2010 from the Visual Studio Gallery. It’s a free plugin ...
There is no one best branching strategy, the branching strategy that best fits the requirements of your enterprise is the best strategy for you. The ALM rangers have comprehensive guidelines to help you decide what might work best with your enterprise. A couple of parameters you need to consider while thinking about the branching strategy are, What is the length of the Iteration your team will be delivering in. Agile – Weeks, Waterfall – Months. Would you have multiple versions of the applications ...
I was recently helping a client do some capacity planning for an upcoming TFS Lab Management deployment. I was being kind of lazy so I just sent them over the Capacity Planning Calculator spreadsheet that the great folks in the ALM Ranger team released with their LM guidance: http://ralabman.codeplex.com/ Less than a day later and they're calling me up telling me the spreadsheet doesn’t make any sense. So I fire it up, punch in some numbers for a fictional team, and sure enough the numbers it’s giving ...
Welcome to my new blog on this site. My current blog is still on: http://hassanfad001.blogspo... and will be moved soon to this site. Stay tuned for all information about: - Visual Studio (VS) - Team Foundation Server (TFS) & Team Foundation Service (Hosted TFS) - Visual Studio Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) - Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) - SharePoint (SP) - Community & MVP Program related staff and Microsoft Technologies at all. - ....ect Thanks. Hassan ...
ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) permite la gestion y control de los procesos involucrados en el desarrollo de soluciones dentro de una empresa, estableciendo buenas practicas y un marco medible, ALM se consigue mediante una combinación práctica y efectiva de servicios y herramientas, que ayudan a organizar y gestionar el ciclo de puesta en producción de los servicios o aplicaciones de software.El desarrollo de aplicaciones en Windows Azure se puede beneficiar enormemente del soporte de TFS ...
A couple of weeks ago as the whirlwind of news was coming from the BUILD Conference, a number of announcements were coming regarding Visual Studio 11 and TFS 11. Brian Keller made links available for the Demo VM, HOLs and Demo Scripts. This information can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bri... ...
Hi Installing the Basic Configuration of TFS 11 from the BUILD Please follow the URL Below http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vis... Thanks Abhishek Lohani ...
The time has come to begin the project. I am pleased to announce Card Roulette. All posts on the topic will include the tag "Card Roulette". The concept is fairly simple. One day, I was watching a biography of the man that invented the theory of card counting in Black Jack. While I was impressed with the math, I always felt that it was misleading. You're not really counting card, just keeping a few simple statistics. This nagged on me for a few weeks until I came up with the concept of playing Roulette ...
The nice thing about unintended changes is that you never think it could happen until you get bitten by a nasty change. Microsoft did publish a complete list of breaking changes here which is complete to my knowledge. But although the intentional changes are listed there are side effects which can cause you to search for hours your (non) fault. One change was to create a new GAC for .NET 4 assemblies to prevent breaking applications which rely on the structure of the GAC introduced with .NET 2.0. ...
Are you passionate about your job? Do you enjoy programming? Do you think you're any good at it? One of the things that make me productive as a developer are the tools and products I use. However, these tools seem to try and grab all my attention. When I go to a conference, or read a blog entry, I'm bombarded with them: Windows 8, Visual Studio 11, TFS, WCF, Silverlight, MEF, OData, Lightswitch, LabManagement, NuGet, ... it just doesn't stop, and I know I will never be able to keep up with all of ...
Hey guys. I need to take a moment, break the fourth wall, and address the readers. First, I have another speaking engagement. I will be giving a full 2 hour workshop on XNA at the Huntsville New Technology User's Group meeting on October 11 at 6PM. We'll take a little break at 7 and pizza will be provided. Full details and directions can be found at huntug.org. I have not forgotten about "the project." The design document is done. It got tied up with the corporate lawyer, who wanted to make sure ...
It has been roughly one month since I have started using Git – previous SCM’s were SVN and TFS. One month into using a distributed SCM’s and I am very impressed. A few suggestions to those thinking of migrating or trying it out… Prepare to feel uncomfortable for a while – this goes when changing or trying out anything new – especially when you are comfortable with previous tools, when I moved to Git it felt very foreign at first, especially coming from a Windows paradigm where you are used to everything ...
Step by Step Installation Guide to Install Windows 8 Developer Preview on Virtual Box Microsoft revealed Developer Preview of Windows 8 on 13th September 2011. Windows 8 is adhering Metro Design Gudielines. Without going much into deep technical discussions on features of Windows 8 , in this post I have targeted to show you installation steps of Windows 8 on virtual box. So to start with go and dowanlaod Windows 8 developer preview from below link. Choose appropirate link as for your system (32 bit ...
This week I’m at the Microsoft Build/Windows conference. Now I’ve been to many conferences throughout the years and this is the first conference where I literally knew nothing about including the agenda. When I signed up for my badge on arrival we got a conference guide with all the hours of the session but no sessions. Very secret, very cloak and dagger. This created a huge buzz but also upped the expectation quite a bit… So with the tabled laid out and the expectation high I sat down and waited ...
As an MCT it is always exciting when I travel to conferences because it becomes a reunion. Well, one more chance this year to make it so, but this time (unlike the last MCT Summit) I am also presenting. Thanks to Chris Harrison (@GeekTrainer) for the gentle nudge! Follow @MCTSummitNA too! The topics I will be presenting are (at least the ones I got confirmation on): Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success Session Level: 300 Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Technologies have ...
I'm sure that over time you've run into the dreaded "File transport does not have read/write privileges for receive location "C:\Flatfile\SAPTestIn\".". Usually you simply go to the folder and either give the BizTalk account full permission (bad) or Everyone full permission (really bad). So for a production environment, what is the absolute minimum permissions required? For the Receive File Adapter the explicit permission are: NTFS Attribute Property Name DELETE Delete Files FILE_READ_DATA List Folder ...
Download Demo - LINQpad Query In this blog post I’ll be showing you how to query TFS using LINQpad. 1. Download LINQpad Those who are familiar with LINQpad know its benefits and ease of use, i would urge others to try it. You can download LINQpad and read more about it from here => http://www.linqpad.net/ 2. Download TFS SDK I have a blog post on where and how to download the TFS SDK from => here 3. Querying TFS using LINQpad Open LINQpad Select Query Properties by selecting Query from menu ...
I received a surprise mail from Microsoft saying that I’ve been recognized as Microsoft Community Contributor for the year 2011. I am delighted that my contributions in TFS and ALM space have been recognised by Microsoft. Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your contributions to Microsoft online technical communities have been recognized with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award. The Microsoft Community Contributor Award is reserved for participants who have made notable contributions ...
Last week I needed to find an object from collection with maximum value of the property and wrote the following double maxHours = (from loc in locations select loc.TotalHours).Max(); var location = (from loc in locations where (loc.TotalHours == maxHours) select loc).FirstOrDefault(); but wasn’t happy and checked the internet. The answer in http://stackoverflow.com/qu... referred to http://code.google.com/p/mo... ...
To start, I love Red Gate Software’s Tools. I have loved them since the first time I started using SQL Backup and SQL Compare when I first started Geekswithblogs.net. I think they create quality products and have been a “Friend of Red Gate” for years. So know that this review is coming from a “fan boy” of sorts. What is SQL Compare? Well the name sort of says it all, this product compares SQL databases. But not just databases, but backups, snapshots, and source control using their product SQL Source ...
Having worked with TFS & SVN for a while now, I recently was put in a position where I had to get up to speed with Git. My only experience with Git up to now was attending a brief presentation on the subject and spending a few hours playing around with it – interesting at the time, but foreign enough for me not to hold any strong opinions on the matter. For the last two weeks I have had to get exposure to Git, and after getting over the initial “uncomfortable” stage I must say that Git is seeming ...
Let’s define what this should mean and be about. How can I as an IT Pro be able to use TFS for the tasks and activities I normally do. Whether it is controlling a project or creating scripts and such. The vision while it goes into execution with TFS, will include a process with SharePoint somewhere in there too. Scenario #1: Change Control, Change Management or Specific no-code Project Control. As an IT Pro, what do I do? Change Control, Change Management, Project Management. The problem? Yes, we ...
If your question is, what is this? or perhaps more around … what does this mean? Let me explain a bit about it. Microsoft has been providing this type of services through partners within a given competency to clients that are looking to deploy and implement Microsoft products like SharePoint, Exchange or the strategy behind Windows and Office deployments. The way it works, well you purchase your products and perhaps those products come with Software Assurance and they have training/service credits. ...
Excited to come speak at JaxCodeCamp this coming weekend, there are many amazing session and speakers! Jacksonville .NET Code Camp - http://jaxcodecamp.com What: All day geek fest focusing on code and not marketing fluff. When: Saturday, August 27, 2011 All day (registration opens at 7:00am) Where: Univeristy of North Florida - 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville FL 32246 Cost: Free! Sessions will range from informal "chalk talks", hands on labs, to presentations. All are welcome to attend and speak. We will ...

A couple of days ago, Microsoft release a Training Kit for TFS 2010.  The training kit contains presentations, demos and labs to get to know the platform better and understand the purpose and capabilities of the product.

The download is available here:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27152

I’ve learned, from conference sessions and user group meetings, that Agile is best learned in action – being part of a game or activity that explains Agile, having lively discussion with people, or (best yet) being part of an Agile project. We still get a large amount of learning from books though, and so while Agile books may do a good job explaining the methodologies and techniques, its never as good as having some context to stand it up against. Enter Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken ...
The August ‘11 TFS Power Tools are ready for download. Brian Harry has a good summary of the update here. The big visible changes are: 1. The ability to use the shell extensions against a TFS not on the same domain as your PC. You now get a credentials prompt. 2. Work Item Search!! The Work Item Tracking toolbar now contains a search box. I know my friend and fellow MVP Etienne Tremblay has been asking for this for about 5 years! 3. Rollback IN THE UI!! TFS 2010 introduced rollback. However, you ...

I recently discovered this post which shows how you can programmatically update queries in TFS, which is great for…

Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com/using-tfs-programmatically/

The TFS 2010 Power Tools, August 11 release shortly on its way, read more about the teaser here at Brian Harrys blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bha... What feature would you have liked to be included? Share this post : ...
Update: These have been superseded and included in later Cumulative Updates. See http://wblo.gs/cu8v for checking what you got and updates, or download the tool. Also see info about the updates and extensions here.During the summer Microsoft has released two important hotfixes for the Testing tools. These two hotfixes solves 7 serious problems: # Issue solved Fix in : 1.1 Appdomain error when running a test agent on a computer with Visual Studio installed 1) 1.2 Exception with search error may happen ...
Though software fundamentals, patterns, and anti-patterns are by far more important and intellectually stimulating to discuss, sometimes it's difficult to move to a new set of terms. When I first learned to program, .NET was pre v1.1 and the java community was getting ready for v1.4. Naturally, I preferred java because of its price, stability, and all my college classes were java. When I got work developing .NET (a few years later) I had to interpret some of the key words from java to .NET. For instance, ...
Shervin Shakibi, Microsoft Regional Director, was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group July 2011 meeting. Shervin’s talk was demo-centric where he showcased the power of HTML 5 by example. Issues discussed at the meeting included suggestions on mitigating security concerns with HTML 5 source code accessibility as well as the status and timeline for HTML 5 readiness. Shervin’s much anticipated talk brought us over 25 members who filled our CompTec meeting room. We appreciate Shervin’s ...
Lately i have seen the below remarks coming through in the communities, Get Latest does not work in TFS I always have to use Get Specific version to get the server changes on my local Why get latest misses updating some files while get specific works I’ll be using the TFS API to show you how the “Get Latest” is suppose to work and show you how you can avoid getting in a situation where you might have to use “Get Specific” to get the latest version of your workspace. I would assume that you know the ...
Technorati Tags: Team Foundation Server 2010 Would you like to use your favourite comparison and merging tool such as KDiff3 or WinMerge in TFS. With little effort you can configure a different diff/merge tool in Team Foundation Server. In this blog post I'll be covering How to change the default compare/merge tool List of available compare/merge tools and the list of arguments Follow the steps below, Open Visual Studio 2010 and go to Tools => Options Select Source Control => Visual Studio ...
In the past few months, we at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group have been busy soliciting your feedback on topics you would like covered at our upcoming meetings. We have also been encouraging our members to step up and share on the projects they work on and the technologies they use. The result is the schedule below which we hope brings a good variety of today’s hottest topics. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and to receiving your feedback as we continuously strive to improve the ...
This is a recent question I ran into on the MSDN TFS Forums. Made me think why I use it and how to make it effective. Here is what my response to this was … “My #1 justification is the fact that when you are looking at TFS source control is not all it does. TFS has the benefit of enabling a solutions team with different roles the right level of visibility. Not everyone will use Visual Studio, for example project managers. In many cases Visual Studio can intimidate the individual. When deployed with ...
Technorati Tags: Team Foundation Server 2010,Power Tools,TF254027 Error Recently moved from TFS 2010 server to another TFS 2010 server and trying to configure a backup plan using the Backup plan wizard that comes along with the TFS Power Tools. The tool allows you to set up Team Foundation Server backups - The tool can schedule backups for the following databases that your deployment of Team Foundation Server uses: the configuration database the database for each team project collection the databases ...
A new release of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is available on July 13th. We expect that its 17 new code samples would reduce developers’ efforts in solving the following typical programming tasks. Download address: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... Alternatively, you can download the code samples using Sample Browser or Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. They give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, manage the downloaded samples in a centralized ...
There are a few great features in the TFS Power Tools that I wasn't aware of, such as TreeDiff which let's you… Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com... ...
Technorati Tags: TFS 2010,Team Foundation Server 2010,Technology Humour A little bit of humour would not hurt... What are your selfish reasons for upgrading to TFS 2010? Cheers, Tarun ...
In my current job as a Senior ALM Consultant, part of what I do is help organizations get TFS set up and configured. While a single server installation is pretty easy (and using the basic configuration to install TFS on Windows 7 is even easier), there are a few pitfalls and points of frustration when setting TFS up in a two-server configuration. For the purposes of this discussion, I am assuming the following setup: - A database server (Data Tier) with SQL 2008 R2 to house the TFS Databases, Reporting ...
To remove all source control from a TFS project (not a VS project!) - you must use the 'tf destroy' tool. If, like me you try to delete the top-level directory/project node in Source Control Explorer (within VS), then you'll likely get the following error: TF10169: Unsupported pending change attempted on team project folder $/MyProject. Use the Project Creation Wizard in Team Explorer to create a project or the Team Project deletion tool to delete one. So, this (removing source control) is useful ...
For a generic guide on using a custom diff tool in TFS from My Eclipse:http://msdn.microso... Combine this information with the guide provided on Beyond Compare's website: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; ...

If you're like me you've been using SSRS 2008 for a long time with TFS and have constantly had to delete the bin folder in order for builds to work.  This has irritated me to no end.  Well today is my lucky day!  There is a hotfix that actually fixes the bug!    Go here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2438347

Technorati Tags: Team Foundation Server 2010,Team Foundation Utilities,TFS2010 Oh no! Did you just check in a changeset in to TFS and realized that you need to roll back the changeset because the changes were suppose to go in a different branch? Or did you just accidently merge a wrong changeset in your release branch? There are several ways to undo the damage, Manual: Yes, we all just hate this word but for the record you could manually rollback the changes. Get Specific version on the branch and ...

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I have had the chance to talk at many conferences these past few years, and came up with a way to prepare them which works really well for me. Most importantly, it would make it quite easy to overcome an emergency (for example if my laptop would suddenly lose data). The whole code as well as the slides and other documents are in the cloud. I also use source control for my demos, so that I always have the latest and the greatest, but also a history of changes I made to my demos. Finally I have a system ...

For anyone that is working in a Release Management environment with TFS at the helm, and having Build Management strategies and processes defined, this is a must have.

Look at the codeplex site, great documentation, Hands-on Labs and the overall guidance.

Check it out … http://rabcg.codeplex.com/