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August 11 TFS Power Tools Released
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 ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2011 10:09 AM | Comments (1)

Updated Visual Studio 2010 RTM Virtual Machine Available
Microsoft has released an updated virtual machine for Visual Studio 2010 RTM including TFS, Microsoft Test Manager, all the bits. Also includes sample projects and hands on labs. The previous version expires June 1st, this one is good until November 1st, 2011. As usual Brian Keller has all the details including download instructions! Technorati Tags: TFS 2010 ......

Posted On Sunday, May 15, 2011 9:16 PM | Comments (0)

TFS Build Explorer Folders–Finally
If you have a lot of TFS build definitions for your projects, its been a bit of a hassle that there is no way to organize and manage them in Team Explorer other than a long flat list. Well, the good folks at Inmeta have released the Inmeta Build Explorer tool which displays build definitions in a hierarchy where names use a . notation to delineate the hierarchy. Since most folks have been implementing a naming standard for builds which at least organize build definitions for ordering, this doesn’t ......

Posted On Monday, April 4, 2011 12:20 PM | Comments (1)

Happy Day! VS2010 SP1, Project Server Integration, Load Test Feature Pack
Microsoft released a PILE of Visual Studio goodness today: Visual Studio 2010 SP1(Including TFS SP1) Finally done with remembering which GDR packs, KB Patches, etc need to be installed with a new VS/TFS 2010 deployment. Just grab the SP1. It’s available today for MSDN Subscribers and March 10th for public download. TFS-Project Server Integration Feature Pack MSDN Subscribers got another little treat today with the TFS-Project Server integration feature pack. We can now get project rollups and portfolio ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:34 AM | Comments (0)

Simplified Disaster Recovery for TFS 2010
Microsoft just announced new Power Tool for TFS 2010 which greatly simplifies setting up backups and performing restores. Can’t wait for this new release. Brian Harry shares all the details on his blog post so I won’t get into all the details here. I will say, however, that this is another GREAT step from the TFS team at Microsoft to simplify the administration and maintenance. The barriers to adoption just keep getting knocked down. (UPDATE) Brian’s new post indicates that this Power Tool also manages ......

Posted On Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:00 AM | Comments (0)

Team Foundation Server on Stack Exchange needs your help!
There is a proposed site for Team Foundation Server Q&A on Stack Exchange Area 51 that could use your help. We need more people to commit to using the site in order to get from Proposed status to full site. If you see value in having a Stack Exchange location dedicated to TFS Q&A, please go and Commit here: http://area51.stackexchange... Technorati Tags: #TFS 2010,#ALM,#Stack Exchange ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 2:12 AM | Comments (0)

Links for PrDC10 Session Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools
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... ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2010 8:45 AM | Comments (0)

Imaginet Resources acquires Notion Solutions
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. ......

Posted On Sunday, April 11, 2010 11:22 PM | Comments (0)

Personal Kanban
I’ve been finding myself working on too many things at once to be effective. Things get 80% finished and then either forgotten until an external stimulus reminds me to complete it or languish far longer on the ‘to do’ pile than they should. I’ve been doing a LOT of thinking / reading /experimenting with Kanban for software development teams. I am even attending a Kanban Coaching Workshop next week with David Anderson (@agilemanager). I have seen people tweet about “Personal Kanban” and thought this ......

Posted On Saturday, February 20, 2010 5:50 AM | Comments (0)

VS2010 and .Net 4.0 RC available now on MSDN, Wed for public.
You can now get your hands on the Release Candidate version of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4.0 if you are an MSDN subscriber. MS also announced that it will make the RC available to all on Wed Feb 10. Upgrade for VS2010 and .Net 4 is an uninstall/reinstall operation. The RC release also includes an updated TFS 2010. If you are upgrading from TFS 2010 Beta 2 to the RC build Byran Krieger blogged some instructions for doing so. Technorati Tags: VS2010,RC,TFS 2010,Upgrade ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 12:32 AM | Comments (0)

Summary of VS ALM Ranger materials for VS 2010
As you’ve probably noticed if you read my blog, the VS ALM Rangers have been busy the last week or so. Here is a summary of what they have released already and I’m sure there is more goodness to come! · Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance: consists of compact cheat sheets for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010, addressing the core problem of teams in the field who are unaware of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server capabilities or have little time to invest ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:12 AM | Comments (0)

Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Requirements Management Guidance
Even MORE ALM Ranger goodness can be found here. Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Requirements Management Guidance This Ranger solution addresses the People, Process, and Technology guidance for Requirements Engineering (RE) using Team Foundation Server. The goal of this guidance is to provide formalized Microsoft field experience in the form of recommended procedures and processes, Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server configurations, and skill development references for ......

Posted On Friday, January 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Comments (1)

Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010 VM Factory Ships
WOW! Unbelievable stream of goodness coming from Visual Studio ALM Rangers!! Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 VM Factory The purpose of this project is to build prescriptive guidance around the virtualization of the Visual Studio 2010 and guidance for full automation of the creation of virtual machines. The goal is to help users with the installation and configuration of virtualized environments with least effort and maximum automation. Visual Studio ALM Rangers This guidance is ......

Posted On Friday, January 15, 2010 4:06 AM | Comments (0)

TFS 2010 Upgrade Guide now available as well
The Rangers have been a VERY busy bunch lately and have dropped beta guidance on upgrading to TFS 2010. Check it out here Technorati Tags: Visual Studio 2010,TFS 2010,ALM,Rangers ......

Posted On Thursday, January 14, 2010 6:40 AM | Comments (1)

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers ship VS 2010 Quick Reference Guidance
Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance Welcome to the Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance! Steven van Niekerk (Technical Lead / Architect, BB&D South-Africa) initiated this project with his question “Can you tell me about TFS and VSTS in 5 minutes?” The Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance consists of compact cheat sheets for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010, addressing the core problem of teams in the field who are unaware of Visual Studio and ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:35 AM | Comments (1)

This is NOT another goodbye 2009 or 2000’s blog post
I’m really not one to reflect. I prefer to live in the present and consider the future. As such, rather than saying goodbye to 2009 I’m saying Hello to 2010. I’m looking forward to my first full year at Imaginet Resources Corp. I’ve started to grow the ALM practice and think 2010 will see some of the seeds planted in 2009 blossom. I’m looking forward to embracing Lean Software Engineering practices. I’m starting 2010 by attending a Kanban Coaching Workshop in Feb. I’ve been spending some time reading ......

Posted On Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

TechDays Winnipeg - Brrrr
Today is TechDays in Winnipeg. Today I’m doing a session on upgrading to TFS 2010 and new features in VS 2010. Tomorrow I’m doing a session on Configuration Management with TFS. I’m looking forward to presenting in Winnipeg again. Just a suggestion to MS organizers though. Perhaps October might have been a better time to do Winnipeg… Yes, that does say ‘Feels Like’ –37C. The sad thing is that it’s warmer today than it has been in about a week. Technorati Tags: TechDays,TFS 2010,TFS ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 1:52 AM | Comments (0)

TFS 2010 Beta 2 Power Tools Released
UPDATE: There has been an updated version posted which resolves the Rules editing problem mentioned below. Way to go TFS team! A TFS 1010 Beta 2 version of the TFS Power tools has been released as announced by Brian Harry. I've been trying out the Process Template Editor (PTE) and have had some issues with this Beta release. First, the connection dialogue when working with Work Items doesn’t quite function correctly. The work around is to type in the fully qualified URL to the Team Project Collection ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 2, 2009 1:16 AM | Comments (1)

Scrum For Team System 3 (TFS2010Beta2) Released
The latest version of the Scrum for Team System * process template has now been released. This version is designed to work with Team Foundation Server 2010 (Beta 2) and introduces enterprise features to Scrum. You can download the server and client side tools (free of charge) from the following forum post: · SfTS v3 Beta 2 released - Download now. Please use the below forum for all your SfTS version 3 feedback and questions. · SfTS v3 Beta 2 forum Additional Links · Simon Bennett discusses the new ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 1, 2009 2:19 AM | Comments (1)

Huge news for mixed-technology shops using TFS!
Microsoft has purchased Teamprise, who created a Team Foundation Server plug-in for Eclipse as well as extensions for doing Java builds with Team Foundation Server. http://www.microsoft.com/pr... This is big news since many of the industry experts from the analyst firms have cited lack of multi-platform support for Team Foundation Server Client as a weakness of the platform. Eclipse is now a fully supported MS environment for ALM. Technorati Tags: TFS,Eclipse,Teamprise,Java ......

Posted On Monday, November 9, 2009 6:00 AM | Comments (0)

Invited to present at MS TFS All Hands meeting
While in Redmond last week I was invited to attend and present at the TFS All Hands meeting. What a lot of brain power in one place (actually 2 places; North Carolina and Redmond.) I guess they usually try to get a customer share their real world experience with the product with the development team. I was given the opportunity to discuss some of what we see as the Hits for TFS 2010, what we still see as gaps and to do a demonstration of the Telerik Work Item Manager and Project Dashboard that Imaginet ......

Posted On Saturday, October 24, 2009 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

New version of TFS Work Item Manager / Project Dashboard with Iteration Planning Tool
Today Telerik released our Beta 2 version of our FREE and popular Work Item Manager and Project Dashboard Tooling. There are a bunch of bug fixes (it was a Beta 1 after all) that have been made and one exciting new feature. We now have a way to assist with Iteration Planning. You choose a query (whatever you want) of the work items you want to schedule into Iterations or Sprints. You choose which Iterations you want to do allocation for, what your effort capacity is and we provide a drag-and-drop ......

Posted On Thursday, October 22, 2009 5:04 PM | Comments (3)

TFS 2010 Beta2 Install & Configure
I was going to blog the AWESOME new install and configure for TFS 2010 Beta2 but Martin beat me to it. If you have tried to install TFS in the past, you will definitely appreciate the simplicity and reliability of the new install and configuration processes. Install Configure Technorati Tags: VS2010,Beta 2 ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 2:33 AM | Comments (0)

Where is the Team System?
Folks with MSDN Subscriber licenses going to grab the latest version of VS2010 may wonder ‘Where is Team System? Team Suite? Team Developer? Team Architect?’ They are gone! Does that mean that MS is getting out of the ALM toolset market? Or does it mean that the ‘Team’ stuff is being released later? The answer is NEITHER. The branding, naming and licensing of Visual Studio is changing for the 2010 version. The ‘Team System’ branding is being dropped. What ‘used’ to be the ‘Team’ client products are ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 9:18 AM | Comments (0)

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 available for Download on MSDN Subscriber Downloads
Also, notice the new product versions: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Professional Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Premium Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Ultimate Microsoft® Visual Studio® Test Elements 2010 Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team Foundation Server 2010 Go to Somasegar’s blog for more info on the new SKU’s and the Ultimate Offer! Brian Harry has a screenshot of the downloads available. Technorati Tags: VS2010,TFS,Beta 2 UPDATES: From the MicrosoftVSTS Twitter feed: “Visual Studio 2010 Pro, ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 4:18 AM | Comments (0)

Getting Ready for VSTS 2010 Beta 2 with “Go Live” License
Brian Keller, Technical Evangelist for Visual Studio Team System just blogged about the “very soon” release of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 which will have a “Go Live” license. That means you will receive product support from MS if you deploy and use it. Brian also includes links to some resources to help prepare for VSTS 2010 beta 2 Overview presentation (.PPTX) Detailed checklist (.DOCX) Our ALM team at Imaginet has been working with the Beta 1 bits and have been keeping in touch with MS on what to ......

Posted On Sunday, October 4, 2009 1:58 PM | Comments (1)

Telerik Work Item Manager is LIVE (and Free)
Imaginet Resources Corp. has been working with Telerik to help them optimize their Application Lifecycle Management processes. As part of this, we have built some tools to address some specific pain points they were experiencing. Well, Telerik has decided to make these tools available to all. Check out the Telerik TFS Work Item Manager and Project Dashboard. It contains a very rich UI based on the Telerik RadControls for WPF that makes it very easy to manage work items. It supports Enhanced Work ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 3:41 AM | Comments (4)

Speaking at MS TechDays Canada 2009 in Winnipeg
I’ll be presenting at TechDays Canada 2009 in Winnipeg! I’ll be presenting: Better Software Change and Configuration Management Using TFS A critical factor in getting the most out of Team Foundation Server is understanding the version control and build systems. In this session, learn how use Team Build and Team Foundation Server Version Control to effectively manage concurrent development branches. Learn about how set up your repository structure and how to define builds. Learn about different branching ......

Posted On Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:41 PM | Comments (0)

Clarification on SQL Server license included with TFS 2008
I wasn’t 100% sure myself so I clarified with MS that the restricted license of SQL Server standard that comes with Team Foundation Server 2008 is limited to SQL Server 2005 standard. In short, even though SQL 2008 Standard or Enterprise is supported with TFS 2008, you MUST LICENSE IT SEPERATELY from your TFS license. This is consistent with what you read in the VSTS 2008 Licensing Whitepaper. Technorati Tags: TFS,Install,SQL Server ......

Posted On Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:17 PM | Comments (1)

VSTS 2010 Beta on MSDN Subscriber Downloads
GO OUT AND GET IT! Downloads include Team Suite 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010. There are a LOT of new features to check out. Brian Harry has been blogging the features in detail for a while now. I’m very excited about the manageability of the new Team Foundation Server. It will be much better for large shops with centralized TFS instances. There are a lot of different possible configurations available to spread load across tiers and the new Team Project Collection model will make it much easier ......

Posted On Monday, May 18, 2009 5:45 PM | Comments (0)

TechEd Day 1 Continued
Azure session with Chappel was pretty good. I have a better perspective on where Azure fits in. Then attended: OFC03-INT - Integrating Application Lifecycle Management and Project Portfolio Management. Very interesting demo of how an organization ‘could’ build an end-to-end portfolio management toolset using Sharepoint + Project Server + Project Portfolio Server + TFS. Makes a great scenario, but lots of heavy lifting and integration to put the scenario together. Lots of pieces were custom, based ......

Posted On Monday, May 11, 2009 6:59 PM | Comments (0)

TFS Team Project Collections
Brian Harry is continuing his series on new VSTS 2010 features. His latest entry deals with some restructuring of the Team Foundation Server and specifically the way projects are stored. Team Project Collections are a new concept in TFS 2010. They represent a set of projects that are managed together. Each TPC has it’s own set of databases. This enables TPC’s to be backed up, restored or migrated independently of other TPC’s on the same logical or physical TFS implementation. This is particularly ......

Posted On Monday, April 20, 2009 10:00 PM | Comments (0)

TFS Branching Guide 2.0 Released
The VSTS Rangers have released the TFS Branching Guide 2.0. This updated version includes more Scenarios as well as more Q&A. The set of Drawings also comes in handy for inclusion into your own project specific documentation. Get it here. Technorati Tags: TFS ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 24, 2008 11:13 AM | Comments (0)

New VS Team Suite / TFS 2008 Demo VPC available
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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 12:51 PM | Comments (0)

Team System Web Access 2008 is live
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 ......

Posted On Saturday, December 1, 2007 5:40 PM | Comments (2)

FUQ: Frequently Unanswered Questions

Our friends at NWCadence have started a blog for 'Frequently Unanswered Questions' for TFS, Sharepoint and other collaborative technologies.  If there has been something nagging at you and you can't find the answer easily please check it out here.

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 12:51 PM | Comments (0)

3 Cheers for ET
My good friend ET has once again (third year in a row) been named a TFS MVP. ET and I work very closely on the TFS implementation at our company. I must say that ET is THE TFS expert. He has been very active in the internal and external communities on TFS. And I severely doubt that there is any one on the planet that has installed or upgraded TFS more times than ET has. I must admit that it has been a VERY long time since I have had to run an install on metal or VM as ET can do it in his sleep at ......

Posted On Sunday, October 21, 2007 7:03 PM | Comments (0)

TFS Workspace Gotcha!
I have been working with a team that has recently migrated a TFS source project from a trail TFS to a full production server (different server). They disconnected their solution from source control (removes all the SCC stuff from .sln) files and then tried to add to the new TFS. However, they were getting weird errors. I suggested that they might not have their workspace mapped correctly to the new TFS project. When they tried to map the workspace, they got the following error: The Path <local ......

Posted On Monday, September 11, 2006 8:55 AM | Comments (6)

How to handle unwanted Work Items in TFS
I’ve been travelling with my buddies Etienne Tremblay and Wayne from Microsoft all over the world talking to project teams about using VSTS and TFS. [See Etienne’s Blog for the chronicles of our trip] One topic that inevitably comes up is the fact that work items can’t be deleted. Normally, I totally agree with this practice. If a workitems was created with intent, then it should run it’s lifecycle. However, since managing projects with TFS can driven using the warehouse metrics ......

Posted On Monday, June 26, 2006 1:04 PM | Comments (1)