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With the release of the Visual Studio Pro Power Tools (and many other new extensions having been released), my list of favorite Visual Studio extensions has changed. All of these extensions are available in the Visual Studio Gallery. Here is the list of extensions that I currently have installed and find useful: Bing Start Page CodeCompare Collapse Selection In Solution Explorer Collapse Solution Color Picker Completion Extension Analyzer Find Results Highlighter Find Results Tweak (Available from ...
Microsoft has announced and released a Beta version of a new process template for Team Foundation Server 2010 that is based purely on Scrum Methodology and terms. You can download the new template from the link below TFS Scrum v1.0 BetaFor a more in depth look review see the Visual Studio Magazine announcement HERE ...
Much data is unstructured, such as text documents, images, and videos. This unstructured data is often stored outside the database, separate from its structured data. This separation can cause data management complexities. Or, if the data is associated with structured storage, the file streaming capabilities and performance can be limited. FILESTREAM integrates the SQL Server Database Engine with an NTFS file system by storing varbinary(max) binary large object (BLOB) data as files on the file system. ...
Lately I’ve been doing some tests on migrating our TFS 2008 installation to TFS 2010, coupled with a machine and domain change. One particular topic that was tricky is user accounts. We installed first a new machine with TFS 2010 and then migrated the projects in the old server. The work items were migrated with the projects. Great, but if I try to edit one of the old work items I cannot save it anymore because some fields contain old user names (ex. OLDDOMAIN\user) which are not known in the new ...
I am just reposting this thread from a MSDN forum since it seems to be unavailable. It was very useful when I was having trouble with my folder mappings after migrating to TFS 2010. Question: I opened VS2008 and connected it to the upgraded 2010 TFS server. Upon clicking any of our Team Projects in source control explorer I get "Team Foundation Error - The workspace MYWORKSPACE;DOMAIN\MYUsername already exists on computer MYPCNAME." Answer: The same local paths on your machine are mapped to 2 different ...
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Here are the links I promised to post from my session on Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools. To download and configure the TFS 2010 Virtual Machine the best instructions are here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bri... To download and configure the Lab Management Virtual Machine, the best instructions are here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lab... ...
The problem? Performing a build on a ClickOnce solution would not be successful due to the setup.bin not being located. Ok, now what? Researched from corner to corner, install, re-install, update. Found some interesting posts to fix the issue, but most of them were focused on Team Foundation Server/Team Build 2008, and some other on 2005. The other interesting tidbit was the frequent indication to modify the registry to help Team Build find the bootstrapper. Background info: This was a migration ...
I had written a Console Application that I run as part of my post build for other projects.. The Console application logs a series of messages to the console as it executes. I use the Environment.ExitCode value to specify an error or success condition. When the application executes without issue, the ExitCode is 0, when there is a problem its –1. As part of my logging, I log the value of the exit code right before the application terminates. When I run this executable from the command line, it behaves ...
I have heard of people wanting and needing to add projects created in Expression Blend to Team Foundation Server. Here is the recipe: 1) Create your project in Expression Blend … click OK 2) Select the option to open your recently created project in Visual Studio. Once that option is selected, your solution will open up in Visual Studio, close Expression Blend at this point. Now, I want to add this project to Source Control … Next, I connect to my TFS environment, and pick the location to save my ...
Now, we have discussed about bringing in a certificate into our web server. One thing I noticed that was a requirement, is the assignment of a certificate throughout the App Tier and the Build Server. I understand they are not necessarily cheap, but wildcard certs are a good option here. On to the list we go: SharePoint: Modify the mappings SharePoint has so it points to https, the path to do this is from the Operations section, in Global Configuration, look into Alternate Access Mappings. The changes ...
I released another new extension to the Visual Studio Gallery again today called Work Item Visualizer for TFS 2010. I've only heard positive things about it so far, hopefully it stays that way :) Basically, it creates a diagram of all work items linked to a work item ID which the user specifies in a search box. This extension was coded using DGML (the same graph rendering language used for the Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tools). It was pretty cool getting a chance to create something using some ...
We started using TFS to track requests using Work items. 1. Telerik's TFS Work Item Manager (beta version for TFS 2010 is available) that could be interesting to use instead of standard VS2010, especially for someone who doesn’t want to have VS installed on their machine.(thanks to dimarzionist who pointed to the tool).See also TFS Project Dashboard 2.Visual Studio TFS work item attachments Tab I've found that Outlook emails can be dropped to TFS work item attachments. Just open TFS work item attachment ...
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I recently had to go through the process of migrating a TFS 2008 SP1 to a TFS 2010 environment. I will go into the details of the tasks that I went through, but first I want to explain why I define it as a migration and not an upgrade. When this environment was setup, based on support and limitations for TFS 2008, we used a 32 bit platform for the TFS Application Tier and Build Servers. The Data Tier, since we were installing SP1 for TFS 2008, was done as a 64 bit installation. We knew at that point ...
Normally I don't stray too far from Programming and TFS on my blog posts but I'm just really impressed with how much Silverlight has improved Bing maps. I use to be big on MapQuest, then hopped over to Google, but now the new Bing Maps have everything I need. The two coolest features are right on the main page. All you have to do is go to http://www.bing.com/maps/ex... enter your city and hit enter in the search box, then look in the lower left corner under the EXPLORE section. Check out the ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Mike Snow(-2-), Justin Angel(-2-), Jeremy Likness, and David Kelley. Shoutout: Erik Mork and crew have their latest up: Silverlight Week – Silverlight Android? From SilverlightCream.com: Simple Silverlight 4 Example Using oData and RX Extensions Michael Washington has a follow-on tutorial up on ViewModel, Rx, and lashed up to OData... good detailed tutorial with external links for more information. Silverlight Tip of the Day #21 – Animation Easing Mike Snow has ...
If you are using the Scrum for Team System (aka Conchango Scrum Template), it has hit RTM and it is available for download. First you will need to register and then you will ne able to access the goods. There is also a very well laid out Getting Started with v3 guide, put together by Crispin Parker. Note: Very important to know and consider, is the fact there is no upgrade or migration strategy laid out from v2.2. So you are left to your own devices on that one. There are plenty of discussions going ...
Introduction You have installed Team Foundation Server 2010, you are ready to go. Your client is Visual Studio 2008 SP1, and need to connect to TFS 2010. Here is the story, the steps to configure Team Explorer are almost the same … meaning, you will open Visual Studio, then go to Team Explorer. At that point you will Add an Existing Project, this where we connect to TFS. Except, we get this: Now what?!? We need to install the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Service Pack 1 Forward Compatibility Update ...
I recently backed up a Team Foundation Server 2010 project collection database and restored it onto another server. All of that went well, until I tried to use the restored database on the new server. As it turns out, the old server was running the Release Candidate of TFS 2010 and the new server is running the RTM version of TFS 2010. I ended up with an error message shown on the new server's Team Web Access site about the project collection's TFS_SCHEMA_VERSION property not containing the appropriate ...
We have installed and configured TFS, we have connected to it using Visual Studio. Now it is time to get a project created. From Team Explorer, we will right click on the servername\Collection item in the tree to select New Team Project. Once selected, this will open the New Team Project dialog. Provide a name, then click Next. The next step is to select a Project Template. By default you will have 2 available (but there are many downloadable options). It is important to understand what the templates ...
When the installation and configuration for TFS 2010 is completed, the next step is to connect and use TFS. There is a Web Access component, but in order for it to serve useful you need to create a project into the Team Project Collection. This is where Visual Studio 2010 comes in. Open Visual Studio 2010, then click on the Team Explorer Tab (red arrow pointing to it) or go to View > Team Explorer. Once there, click the Connect to Team Project toolbar button This will open up the Connect to Team ...
For the installation I selected only the Team Foundation Server role. Then, I opened the Team Foundation Server Administration Console (which I think is a great addition and improvement over the way TFS was configured in the past) to proceed with the configuration of the pieces. Once I selected the Configure Installed Features, the Configuration Center opened up. Now, the choices … In my implementation here I just want to take advantage of Source Control primarily. I want to be able to store my code ...
*Moved to: Guidance: How to layout you files for an Ideal SolutionCreating a solution and having it maintainable over time is an art and not a science. I like being pedantic and having a place for everything, no matter how small. For setting up the Areas to run Multiple projects under one solution see my post on When should I use Areas in TFS instead of Team Projects and for an explanation of branching see Guidance: A Branching strategy for Scrum Teams.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
When I first heard that TFS 2010 had moved to Workflow Foundation for Team Build, I was *extremely* skeptical. I’ve loved MSBuild and didn’t quite understand the reasons for this change. In fact, given that I’ve been exclusively using Cruise Control for Continuous Integration (CI) for the last 5+ years of my career, I was skeptical of TFS for CI in general. However, after going through the learning process for TFS 2010 recently, I’m starting to become a believer. I’m also starting to see some of ...
We've been working with the Visual Studio 2010 SDK and the TFS 2010 SDK a lot recently to create new Visual Studio Extensions. You can find these extensions in the Visual Studio Gallery. If you're a developer/programmer, you should check it out, they have some pretty cool tools out there. I'd be surprised if you told me you went there and couldn't find any tools that could help you. One of the new extensions Cory and I made is called TFS Auto Shelve. Check out the description and read about it below. ...
When migrate your application onto the Azure one of the biggest concern would be the external files. In the original way we understood and ensure which machine and folder our application (website or web service) is located in. So that we can use the MapPath or some other methods to read and write the external files for example the images, text files or the xml files, etc. But things have been changed when we deploy them on Azure. Azure is not a server, or a single machine, it’s a set of virtual server ...
*Moved to: Integrate SharePoint 2010 with Team Foundation Server 2010Our client is using a brand new shiny installation of SharePoint 2010, so we need to integrate our upgraded Team Foundation Server 2010 instance into it. In order to do that you need to run the Team Foundation Server 2010 install on the SharePoint 2010 server and choose to install only the “Extensions for SharePoint Products and Technologies”. We want out upgraded Team Project Collection to create any new portal in this SharePoint ...
*Moved to: Upgrading Team Foundation Server 2008 to 2010I am sure you will have seen my posts on upgrading our internal Team Foundation Server from TFS2008 to TFS2010 Beta 2, RC and RTM, but what about a fresh upgrade of TFS2008 to TFS2010 using the RTM version of TFS. One of our clients is taking the plunge with TFS2010, so I have the job of doing the upgrade. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I’ve been using AxoSoft’s bug tracking application for a while, although and excellent piece of software I had some issues with it · It was SLOOOW (both desktop and web). I don’t care what Axosoft says, I tired multiple servers etc. I’ve been long enough in this field to tell you when something is not right with an app. · The cost! It’s not feasible for a small team. I must say though, that they have some nice features which are not commonly found on other bug tracking software. I wouldn’t go on ...
We (Mikael Nitell and me) got a whole track on the Norwegian MSDN Live tour this year. We did these as a pair, and covered 4 cities over 4 days, 6 sessions per day, taking 8 hours to come through it. The Islandic volcano made the travels a bit rough, but we managed 6 flights out of 8. The first one had to go by van instead, 7-8 hour drive each way together with other MSDN Live presenters – a memorable tour! Oslo was the absolute top point. We had to change hall to a bigger one. People were crowding, ...
I recently watched a web cast that covered the idea of planning from the concept stage to the product backlog. It was the first content I had seen related to Iteration Zero and it made a lot of sense from a planning and engagement perspective where the customer is concerned. It illuminated some of the problems I’ve experienced with getting a large project of the ground. The idea behind this is to just figure out get everyone to understand what needs to be constructed and to build the initial feature ...
I was installing TFS on my local laptop last week and just got around to setting up my initial collection using the TFS Console tool and “Bang!” I received a message that told me that my local database didn’t have the full-text search option installed. I remember the option in a (long) list of options and didn’t remember fiddling with it. Whatever the reason, if you are installing TFS Basic on your box, make sure you have that little check ticked, or you won’t get the big fat one pictured above. ...
*Moved to: Combining Scrum, TFS2010 and Email to keep everyone in the loopOften you will receive rich information from your Product Owner (Customer) about tasks. That information can be in the form of Word documents, HTML Emails and Pictures, but you generally receive them in the context of an Email. You need to keep these so your Team can refer to it later, and so you can send a “done” when the task has been completed. This preserves the “history” of the task and allows you to keep relevant partied ...

The TFS 2010 Power Tools were released on the 23rd. Check out the link for download and info.

 

TFS 2010 PowerTools

The scenario; A small team of 3 developers mostly in maintenance mode with traditional ASP.net, classic ASP, .Net integration services and utilities with the company’s third party packages, and a bunch of java-based Coldfusion web applications all under Visual Source Safe (VSS). They are about to embark on a huge SharePoint 2010 new construction project and wanted to use subversion instead VSS. TFS was a foreign word and smelled of “high cost” and of an “over complicated process”. Since they had ...
This morning I finished removing all VS2008 related frameworks and installed items related to VS2010 based on posts around the community. Here’s what I started with on my dev laptop, the config for my laptop: HP Pavilion dv6 Win7 64-bit 4Gb RAM Installed Developer Tools and Frameworks: Sync 2.0 SDK Visual Studio 2010 Pex Power Tools Enterprise Library 5.0 SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition Visual Studio 2008 Ultimate Expression Blend 4 RC Team Foundation Server 2010 Team Foundation Server 2010 SDK ...
Getting my geek on… I have decided to call the products VS.10 (Visual Studio 2010), TP.10 (Test Professional 2010), and TFS.10 (Team Foundation Server 2010) Thanks Neno Loje. What's new in Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2010? Focusing on Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) ALM-related parts: Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 NEW: IntelliTrace® (aka the historical debugger) NEW: Architecture Tools New Project Type: Modeling Project UML Diagrams UML Use Case Diagram UML Class Diagram UML Sequence ...
*Moved to: Guidance: A Branching strategy for Scrum TeamsHaving a good branching strategy will save your bacon, or at least your code. Be careful when deviating from your branching strategy because if you do, you may be worse off than when you started! Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Upgrading from TFS 2010 RC to TFS 2010 RTM doneToday is the big day, with the Launch of Visual Studio 2010 already done in Asia, and rolling around the world towards us, we are getting ready for the RTM. We have had TFS 2010 Beta 2 and RC in Production for nearly 6 months and have had only joy, so moving to the RTM on launch day gives me warm and fuzzy feelings.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Huge news for my company and me especially. http://www.imaginets.com/ne... With the acquisition we become a very significant player in the Microsoft ALM space. This increases our scale significantly and also our knowledgebase. We now have a 2 Regional Directors and a pile of MS MVP’s. The timing couldn’t be more perfect since the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 is TODAY!! Oh, and we aren’t done with announcements today… More later. ...
Overview of Visual Studio ALM Whitepapers by Microsoft Overview Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance Installation, Configuration & Administration Team Foundation Installation Guide for Visual Studio Team System 2010 Administration Guide for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Visual Studio 2010 TFS Upgrade Guide Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 VM Factory TFS Integration Platform Visual Studio 2010 Licensing White Paper Requirements Visual Studio 2010 ...
*Moved to: Scrum for Team Foundation Server 2010I will be presenting a session on “Scrum for TFS2010” not once, but twice! If you are going to be at the Aberdeen Partner Group meeting on 27th April, or DDD Scotland on 8th May then you may be able to catch my session.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I have decided to write some articles on using a TFS Build Server. During the past few years I have had the responsibility and challange of keeping one running, and I found out that on some subjects, there is very little to find on the internet. So hopefully my experiences can help others. That is, before VS 2010 build server makes everything we have learnt on TFSBuild so far redundant. ;) The first article is about selectively getting the sources you need to get the build done. You can find the ...
Asked by many of my colleagues often enough, I decided to take the plunge and begin blogging. After many attempts to start and long discussions about what I should write about, I decided to give my “buddies” a series of lessons and tidbits to help them understand what it takes to manage a software development project in the real world. Stories of success and failure to keep hope alive. I am formally trained as a developer (BS/CS) and have scattered my code throughout the matrix since 1985 (officially ...
Gaston Milano has just informed me that he has a new version of CoolCommands for Visual Studio 2010. In addition to all the existing commands, the new release, now called CoolX, supports Context Explorer shell commands, support for multiple monitors and new features to help tame the Project Reference beast. Check out all the info including a download, available here –>http://visualstudiogal... I’m also hosting a version for download ...
BizTalk projects require some manual intervention in order to upgrade them. First of all make sure that you do not port single BizTalk Project from a solution. So the porting should be done for a complete BizTalk 2006 solution. Execute the following steps to port a BizTalk solution / project: Open the projects' solution file (.sln) using a text editor – NotePad++ is recommended. Remove all the contents (in red below) between (not including) the following elements: GlobalSection(ProjectConfig... ...
This allows your Windows Azure compute applications running in our cloud to use the existing NTFS APIs to store their data in a durable drive. The drive is backed by a Windows Azure Page Blob formatted as a single NTFS volume VHD. The Page Blob can be mounted as a drive within the Windows Azure cloud, where all non-buffered/flushed NTFS writes are made durable to the drive (Page Blob). If the application using the drive crashes, the data is kept persistent via the Page Blob, and can be remounted ...
Article Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/c... This article describes an approach to the management of cross reference data for BizTalk. Some articles about the BizTalk Cross Referencing features can be found here: http://home.comcast.net/~sd... http://geekswithblogs.net/m... http://geekswithblogs.net/c... Options Current options to managing this data include: ...