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After a couple of year hiatus from blogging at Geeks With Blogs, I’m back! I’m still blogging about Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010 over at Team System Rocks (soon to undergo some major revisions), so expect to see some cross postings from there. Here though, I expect to focus on System Center technologies (mostly System Center Operations Manager and System Center Service Manager, with some of the others thrown in there too, as that is my day job now.. I’ll also use this blog to start tracking my ...
This is long overdue. But here it is. In the previous two sections I have discussed on how I got a CMMI v4.2 to take on the same fields as v5 and therefore be able to communicate with MTM and Lab Manager. And that was quite a success. Yet when I opened up Lab Management while it was fully aware of the VMs being there, it refused to let me enroll them into an environment. It kept stating there was no suitable host to deploy the VM to, error TF259115. This was an indication something was not matching ...
On January 29th Etienne Tremblay and I presented infront of roughly 120 people in Ottawa a 7 hours "sketch" on how VS 2010 and TFS 2010 can help both devs and testers in their respective work. The presentation focused on how a testers' work can positively influence a developers' work and vice versa. The format was quite unusual as I said it's a "sketch" where Etienne and I "ignore" the audience and we do as if we were at work and the audience is sort of "spying" on us. In all I'm quite pleased with ...
Hey everyone, I know it’s been an eternity since I blogged but I have so much to do that I unfortunately need to prioritize. Vincent Grondin and I did a 7h presentation on the new developer and tester tools available in the VS 2010 suite. It was a blast. We did it in front of an audience (around 120) and it was taped. We did it as a play and really didn’t look at the crowd at all we were training each other on the technology. It is now available for anyone that would like to watch it at this location: ...
I’m currently writing a large piece on MSMQ security and wanted to check I was covering the right areas. I have some doubts as I’ve seen the occasional MSMQ forum question where a poster has used the word “security” in different contexts to what I was expecting. So here are the areas I plan to cover: Message security encryption on the wire (SSL and IPSEC) encryption of the message (MSMQ encryption) encryption of the payload (data encryption) signing and authentication Queue security SIDs and ACLs ...
*Moved to: How Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server enable Compliance One of the things that makes Team Foundation Server (TFS) the most powerful Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform is the traceability it provides to those that use it. This traceability is crucial to enable many companies to adhere to many of the Compliance regulations to which they are bound (e.g. CFR 21 Part 11 or Sarbanes–Oxley.)Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
This error occured on our TFS2008 (RTM) build server after installing VS2010. This is caused because VS2010 updates the MSBuild targets file Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Bu... but not the Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Bu... file (which preforms the tasks mentioned in the targets file). To resolve you need to update TFS (build) server with SP1. See this article. HTH Tim ...
To cook this recipe you need the following ingredients: 1) An installation of TFS 2010 Team Build Service on a server 2) Visual Studio 2010 for cooking 3) Use the following Hints on the web: a) http://www.codeproject.com/... – use this wrapper to perform the basic tasks b) http://www.richard-banks.or... – for ideas on how to customize the build templates And finally lot of patience and luck, took me about 120 failed builds ...
Mario Cardinal, the host of the Visual Studio Talk Show, is quite happy these days. He works with the Urban Turtle team and they received significant support from Microsoft. Brian Harry, who is the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server, has published an outstanding blog post about Urban Turtle that says: "...awesome Scrum experience for TFS.” You can read Brian Harry's blog post at the following URL: http://urbanturtle.com/awesome ...
Im currently in the process of migrating our many BizTalk projects from MKS source control to TFS. While we will be using TFS for work item tracking and source control etc we will be continuing to use Cruise Control for continuous integration although im updating this to CCNet 1.5 at the same time. Ill post a few things as much as a reminder to myself about some of the problems we come across. Problem After the first build of our code the next time a build is triggered an error is encountered by ...
I presented at VBUG last year and can confirm that they put on a really good event. This year I stood aside for my “replacement” Steve Plank to work his magic. Worth checking out… VBUG SPRING CONFERENCE 28/29 March 2011 Wokefield Park, Mortimer, Reading RG7 3AH Day One (Mon 28 March): Developing SharePoint 2010 with Visual Studio 2010 - Dave McMahon Cache Out with Windows Server AppFabric – Phil Pursglove Extending your Corporate Network in to the Windows Azure Data Centre with Windows Azure Connect ...
It’s with great pleasure that I can announce registration for Prairie Developer Conference 2011 is now open! This year we’ve expanded the conference to include more sessions, more speakers, and more technologies! Presenters are coming from across Canada and the US, and we have an amazing group of sponsors supporting the conference! One of those sponsors is Urban Turtle, a company that makes a Scrum add on for TFS. Each attendee will receive 5 FREE licenses for the product (a $450 value)! We also ...
Here is the simple function I added to my powershell profile: function create-tfstask ($desc) { tfpt workitem /new $workItemType /collection:$serverUrl /fields:"Title=$($desc);Ass... To=$assignee;AreaId=$areaId... } To find the AreaId and IterationId for your project/versions, just look at a bug you know is setup correctly: PS C:\> tfpt query /collection:http://3bs001vs... /wiql:"select AreaId,IterationId from workitems where ID = 879" Next I hooked this into ...
This morning I was working on a client application after I made my last post on Ben’s article about shared databases. So, I went to check in my code. TFS build ran a bit and then rejected it. The services layer was throwing an exception. Took a bit to track down the exception occurred in the database call to a sproc. So, what was going on? Turns out someone changed a sproc in the shared database. So when my code checked in the unit tests failed. Perfect example of the evil of a shared development ...
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 ...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the beta release of its “Elastic Beanstalk” Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. The platform Initially is available to Java developers only, but it sounds pretty snazzy: you wrap your code up as a Java WAR file (a Web Application Archive), upload it and deploy it. There are tools developers can integrate into Eclipse to do the upload or you can use the AWS Management Console. Wait a few minutes and then visit your app at http://myapp.elasticbeansta... ...
I’m trying to find time to update the Prairie Developer Conference 2011 website, and the sessions and speaker information will be up by this weekend including the registration page. For those that are wondering what the session and speaker list looks like, I wanted to give a sneak peak. We have a fantastic set of sessions by world class technologists! We’re covering .NET, Java, Ruby, SQL Server, Agile, User Experience, Mobile, Security, Azure, Office, SharePoint, and others. In fact, this year I’ve ...
If you attempt to make an ajax call that cross domain or protocol boundaries, the default XHR (XmlHttpRequest) processor will fail. The out-of-the-box implementation forbids crossing boundaries. Enter flXHR. A flash-based proxy that implements (and extends) the XHR API. That’s good news for JQuery developers. It means you can use flXHR just like the native Jquery XHR. There’s also a Jquery proxy plugin that makes it SIMPLE. You can download the sample here. In my example, I’m hosting the website ...
This past weekend (Jan 14-16) there were GiveCamp events accross the country. At the New York City event, nearly 100 developers, designers and database administrators came together to dontate their time to provide technology solutions for over a half dozen charities. The experience was amazing, projects that would normally take weeks or months went from concept to delivery between 6:30pm Friday evening and 3:00pm Sunday afternoon. There were many comparisions to both Habitat for Humanity and Extreme ...
I ran into this problem few days back, I was not able to run the builds because the Build Controller was showing Status as Unavailable. It was showing the below exception: There was no endpoint listening at http://fullmachinename:9191... that could accept the message. This is often caused by an incorrect address or SOAP action. See InnerException, if present, for more details. After trying out few things, I looked at below Build Service Properties. Then, I did below ...
Recently UppercuT (UC) quietly released version 1 (in August). I’m pretty happy with where we are, although I think it’s a few months later than I originally planned. I’m glad I held it back, it gave me some more time to think about some things a little more and also the opportunity to receive a patch for running builds with UC on Linux. We also released v1.1 very recently (December). UppercuT v1 Builds On Linux Perhaps the most significant changes to UC going v1 is that it now supports builds on ...
My organization is migrating to the new Team Foundation Server 2010, and we all are busy experimenting with ALM features. I find it very exciting and I foresee quite a lot of possibilities for TFS 2010 getting integrated with the Dynamics product line. I hope most of us know about the Version Control capabilities. However, I see a strong possibilities of having Team Builds and other automations, thanks to the technologies like workflow foundation in .net which is now being actively used in various ...
Since we shifted to TFS we’ve had the ability to perform what is known as ‘shelving’. Shelving (whilst not a wholly new topic in the world of SCC) is new to us, and didn’t exist in our previous SCC solution – SVN. Soo… what is it? What? Shelving is a way to check-in but not check-in your code. By shelving you submit a copy of your ‘pending changes’ to the SCC server, (which maintains a list of the shelvesets) and once that is done you can either continue working, or undo your changes, safe in the ...
*Moved to: Project of Projects with team Foundation Server 2010It is pretty much accepted that you should use Areas instead of having many small Team Projects when you are using Team Foundation Server 2010. I have implemented this scenario many times and this is the current iteration of layout and considerations. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: What to do after a servicing fails on TFS 2010What do you do if you run a couple of hotfixes against your TFS 2010 server and you start to see seem odd behaviour? A customer of mine encountered that very problem, but they could not just, or at least not easily, go back a version.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
The first post was the high level overview. Now it is time for the details on what was done to the existing CMMI Project based on CMMI v 4.2. The first step was to go into Visual Studio, then from the Team Project Collection Settings and then to the Process Template Manager. Once there, it was a matter of selecting the appropriate template (MSF for CMMI Process Improvement v5.0) and download to a point I could reference later (for example C:\Templates). Then on to using the steps from the guidance ...
I remember at one point someone telling me how close Migrate was to Migraine. This was a process that included an environment from TFS 2008 to TFS 2010, needed to be migrated too as far as the process template goes. Here we are talking about CMMI v4.2 to CMMI v5.0. Now, the process to migrate the TFS Infrastructure is one thing, migrating the Process Template is a different deal, not hard … just involved. Followed a combination of steps that came from a blog post as the main guidance and then MSDN ...

If you are or know someone who wants to get more information in the “How do I work with TFS” from a user perspective this is a must visit and read.   http://tfsguides.codeplex.com/

With the release of the “September – 2010” TFS 2010 Power Tools, came an addition to the Team Foundation Server Administration Console. This addition is the Team Foundation Backups Tree item. The tool is used to create backup plans and to work with it you run through a wizard, just like you would in configuring TFS or any of the extensions it has. The areas covered through the tool include: Backup to a Network Backup Path, retention configuration. Under Advanced Options, the extension to be used ...
There have been many things going on this year around TFS. Most of them had to do with migrations (I don’t call them upgrades for the most part since it involved new hardware and such). Many were implementations using the Conchango SfTS template (now EMC). But there were others that were CMMI or Agile 4.0. Everything would move just fine, no issues. That was until you attempted to run Test Case Management or run the last configuration steps for Lab Management. There is an error that states a project ...
Recently there have been more and more requests on how to have TFS 2010 and Project 2010 together. Most of the requests have been around working with Agile and Scrum projects and templates. There are some guidance documents that have become available and also labs and Virtual Machine configurations to work with the different scenarios. TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Enterprise Project Management - Project and Portfolio Management with Project 2010 Announcing Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 ...
Here are the resource links for the Administering Team Foundation Server 2010 Class from last week in Minneapolis. Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 RTM virtual machine for Microsoft® Virtual PC 2007 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/do... Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 RTM virtual machine for Windows Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
I can never remember how to rollback a check-in, and there all kinds of mess in search results about this (change between different versions of TFS etc), so I thought I’d just put this here so I won’t forget anymore. :) Thanks to @manningj, TFS genius. Just drop to the command line and use tf.exe. Example: tf rollback /changeset:12345 For more on the tf.exe commands: tf help Technorati Tags: Visual Studio,Team Foundation,Rollback ...

The session is going to cover and discuss the role TFS can play in the management of SharePoint implementations, custom development and delivery of solutions.

Check it out here and register … http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/almcatalyst/Pages/Workshops.aspx?courseid=16

Actually, for snacks too, and it is nearly everywhere I turn. If I do Microsoft Exchange work, I know I will run into it. Active Directory, SQL Server, TFS, SharePoint, Azure and most recently Lync. All have provided a way to work with PowerShell and it has taken off (as it should). The question many will have is, How do I get started? A couple of ways are available. There are books, sites and blogs that will help you along the way. This will be the start of a series of posts that, my intention at ...
Yep! Another round of stuff to test out, I am referring to the Visual Studio 2010 SP1 related Betas. They are out, and available. The always present warning that normally comes with installing Beta stuff is true here too. Scott Hanselman does a fantastic job on describing what is new, gains, fixes and such. The download links: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta:http://www.microsoft.c... .NET 4.0 SP1 Beta : http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
This error occurred on our TFS2008 build server which we had upgraded to cater for VS2010 projects (by installing VS2010 on the build server - see this article). Error MSB4019: The imported project "C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\Vis... was not found. Confirm that the path in the <Import> declaration is correct, and that the file exists on disk. However - although we had installed VS2010 on the build server - we had not installed ...
Two separate emails arrived in my Inbox. Email #1: The results of detailed survey of UK ISVs which we had commissioned – what makes them tick etc. In that survey it stated “76% of ISVs do not use any ALM tools”. It also stated that of those that did, most only did the basics. I#m not surprised … but I am disappointed. Email #2: The wonderful Black Marble have gone all Xmasy and are offering Visual Studio ALM health checks with chances to win an Xbox 360 + Kinect each week of Dec. It therefore seemed ...
This post is about VS 2010, go here for the VS/TFS 11 extensions. UPDATED Apr 9th 2012: VersionInfo, NuGet, Code Contracts UPDATED Oct 7th 2012: New Visual Studio GDR UPDATED Aug 31th 2012: New versions updated of ReSharper, NDepend, Web Essentials, Community Build Manager, Code Contracts (March 2012), NuGet, ILSpy, DotPeek, Just Decompile, tangible T4 editor, LinqPad. Added the VersionInfo tool, so you know you have the latest update of VS 2010 UPDATED April 20th 2012: New version of NuGet manager. ...
This is for TFS2008. This is based mainly on this article: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jpr... But also had input from these: http://www.woodwardweb.com/... http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buc... http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jim... Also the following article discussing upgrading a ...
A couple of days ago, I posted the general steps to create a Web Application using Central Administration for WSS 3.0. Now we are back from the past, and moving into SharePoint Foundation 2010. Assumptions made here, you have access to the Central Administration tool, either by remotely accessing the site or by achieving access through RDP to the server. First, we land at the main window for the Central Administration tool. Once there, you will click on the Manage Web Applications on the Application ...
Knowing fully we are now in SharePoint Foundation 2010 territory, I am going back in time. There are still questions around how to configure or create a Web Application and then a Site Collection using WSS 3.0. The questions have come up with companies moving to Team Foundation Server 2010 and not having had experience configuring WSS 3.0. And in many cases they have found in being the “go to” person for anything and everything that has to do with the TFS 2010 deployment you have done. Assumptions ...
When checking in code with workitems, one should connect them with workitems. In some cases you need to check in multiple times before the item is resolved. If you are too quick there, the checkin action causes the workitem to go to the Resolved state as this is the default state, if you don’t manually change it to Associate. This default state can now – in VS 2010 – be turned around, so that Associate becomes the default action. See this blog post for the details. As noted in Ed’s post, this key ...
So, what would seem to be a simple problem, automating the build of an MSI on the TFS build server – using a Microsoft .vdproj setup project type should be a doddle. Add a new build configuration (cunningly called ‘Setup’) ensure it’s building the setup project, create a build configuration to build the ‘Setup’ configuration, and attempt a build! No. Nothing. Works fine locally. Hmmmm Ok, let’s do some quick googling – there appear to be 2 (maybe 3) options: 1. Install VS2010 on the build server ...
Recently we upgraded one of our solutions from Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2010. After checking in our code to our 2008 Team Foundation Server, the CI build unexpectedly failed. We were getting errors like: c:\build\MyApplication\MyAp... error MSB4019: The imported project "C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\Vis... was not found. Confirm that the path in the <Import> declaration is correct, and that the ...
Just wanted to put forward a recommendation to anyone who may be interested in a hosted TFS solution. As a regular traveller its quite tough to keep on top of some of my blog and other projects so for a while ive been thinking about TFS but to be honest I cant be bothered to setup and manage my own instance with all that it involved. I came across the SaasMadeEasy offering for hosted TFS and have setup a basic subscription which is going to cost me $15 per month (as a single user). Ive had a few ...
Turns out you can't just move a TFS warehouse/cube from SQL Server 2005 to 2008... Once performed we got the following error on the TFS app server tier - when we tried to update/process the cube (both manually and via the TFS scheduler service): Detailed Message: Failed to load adapter Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Wa... Exception Info: \n Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Se... Error encountered when creating connection to Analysis Services. Contact ...
So, while I didn’t get to attend PDC2010, I did get to watch it live at the Microsoft Offices in Johannesburg. It had all the usual things I was expecting, Windows Phone 7 Demo’s, Azure Demo’s and Balmer giving a great pounding impersonation. For me though, the highlight of the whole thing was mention of TFS being made available in the Azure Cloud, with a CTP due early next year. I have been eyeing TFS for a while now but decided against it because of the poor reviews I heard of it in a remote setup. ...
Last week my office integration from Team Explorer stopped working. the Team menu in excel was gone and when I tried to open a WI-query from VS I got this error message: TF80012: The document cannot be opened because there is a problem with the installation of the Microsoft Visual Studio v10.0 Team foundation Office integration components. Please see the Team Foundation Installation Guide for more information. First I tried to fix this by repairing the Team Explorer, this did not fix the problem. ...
Visual Studio 2010 is the new and improved development tool for SharePoint 2010. Major improvements are that all the Project Templates for SharePoint 2010 are included out of the box. This means a better development experience with debugging, unit testing, TFS!!! and automated builds! As I was experimenting with the overall experience I noticed some funny things I thought I would blog about. 1) Visual Web Parts are the only option available as part of a template. This can be kind of confusing to ...