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Visual Studio 2012 Extension–List of software installed on TFS Service build servers
Download – http://visualstudiogallery.... Does this fit your use case? var youUseTfsServiceBuildService = GetDoYouUseTfsServiceBuildS... if(youUseTfsServiceBuildSer... { // Welcome! You'll love this extension Download(Avanade.SoftwareIn... } What problem are we trying to address? If you use TFS Service build services, you would like to know what software is installed on the hosted build servers. This becomes ......

Posted On Sunday, June 2, 2013 10:41 AM

Book Review-Instant Team Foundation Server 2012 and Project Server 2010 Integration How-to
Last week I was tasked with setting up Integration between Team Foundation Server 2012 and Project Server 2010. Being new to project server I started searching around for guidance online, I came across the book ‘Instant Team Foundation Server 2012 and Project Server 2010 Integration How-to’ by Gary P. Gauvin. The book has 60 pages of guidance you can instantly apply to plan, set up, and configure Team Foundation Server Extensions for Project Server. Step-by-step instructions are also provided with ......

Posted On Saturday, April 13, 2013 1:15 PM

TFS Service - Configure Source and Symbol Server Settings
I don’t think I need to call out the importance of Indexing Source Symbols, in case you need a reminder read the benefits of symbols here. Recently I wrote a blog post on the Microsoft ALM blog describing the improvements made to the Visual Studio debugger, this also improves the overall user debugging experience. TFS Service doesn’t index the source symbols, of course if you think this would be a cool feature, please vote for this feature request here. TFS Service build engine however, gives you ......

Posted On Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:23 PM

Notes Upgrading To Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Ctp4
Last week I upgraded my TFS 2012 test environment to CTP4 to try out the new features rolled out in preview as part of the Visual Studio 2012 Upgrade 2. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps required to upgrade, you may find the quick notes section useful if you don’t have the time to read through the complete blog post. What is Visual Studio 2012 Upgrade 2 CTP 3 and where can I get it? Read about the new features included in Upgrade 2 CTP 4. Download the Visual Studio 2012 Upgrade 2 ......

Posted On Monday, March 11, 2013 12:24 AM

List of Software on TFS Service Hosted Build
A couple of weeks back I had posted a blog post on getting a list of software installed on the build agent by simply customizing the build process template. Building on top of the same solution, I have created a website “http://listofsoftwareontfs... which gets updated once every day with the list of software installed on the TFS hosted build server. In this blogpost, I’ll show you how I have implemented this solution, but first a screen shot of what information ......

Posted On Friday, March 8, 2013 1:26 AM

TFS Kanban Board Swim lane Customization To Better Manage The Product Backlog
Brian Harry announced the customize columns feature on the TFS Kanban board that enables you to define new swim lanes based on the work item state right from Team Web Access. This feature has officially been released on the TFS Service today. A shout out to Gregg Boer and his team for delivering this great feature! I was lucky to get early access to this feature… In this blog post I’ll show you, Walkthrough of customizing columns on the Kanban board How customize column feature has transformed the ......

Posted On Saturday, March 2, 2013 11:07 AM

Continuous Integration-Automated Deployments And Release Management
A customer I am working with is interested in an ‘automated deployment and release management’ solution for their 160 applications scaling across 350 servers. There is a mix of Microsoft and Non Microsoft applications, some server based some desktop based, some are currently deployed using bat files, PowerShell, others require Unix/Perl scripts for deployment. I have used TFS Deployer very successfully in the past and put that forward as a recommendation, however, this customer is keen on an enterprise ......

Posted On Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:14 AM

Upgrading to Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP3
Last week I upgraded my TFS 2012 test environment to CTP3 to try out the new features rolled out in preview as part of the Visual Studio 2012 Upgrade 2 CTP. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps required to upgrade, you may find the quick notes in each section useful if you don’t have the time to read through the complete blog post. TFS Application Tier TFS Build Controller/Agent TFS Test Controller/Agent Developer Workstation SharePoint extensions What is Visual Studio 2012 Upgrade ......

Posted On Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:54 PM

How to backup the TFS 2012 databases
Team Foundation Server Backups - You need to install the ‘Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Update xx Power Tool’ on the application-tier for Team Foundation Server. 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 that Team Foundation Server uses in conjunction with SharePoint Products, if your deployment includes integration with SharePoint ......

Posted On Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:28 PM

TFS - Get List Of Software Installed On Build Agent
Introduction It is common for your code projects to reference Microsoft or Non Microsoft SDKs, this requires that the build agents has the SDK’s installed. It is also natural that some of your projects may have a hard dependency on the version of the SDK. For example, some of your projects may only compile with Azure 1.6 SDK. The absence of the required SDK may cause your builds to fail. I tend to use the TFS Service cloud Build Service a lot, a list of software installed on the provisioned build ......

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2013 11:10 PM

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