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Getting started with the Azure Hosted TFS (aka TFSPreview): Connecting Team Explorer and Visual Studio 2010

The updates are installed, all you want to do now is get connected, authenticated and get going.

The first step needed here is to open Visual Studio 2010, once opened then you need to get to Team Explorer.  Once there, you will click on the Connect to Team Project button on the toolbar.

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If you had a connection defined to another TFS environment, this will be adding one more, so you click on Servers…

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On the next dialog, you will click on Add…

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Then you will proceed to provide the details of your Team Foundation Server Preview account.  Standard details, you will be using HTTPS, no path and the standard default port number.  It will look similar to the settings on the screenshot (just making sure yours do show up, and also verify the Preview of the address. Then click OK.

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At this point you will be prompted for authentication to the TFS Preview environment with Windows Live ID.

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Once authenticated, you will be able to see the entry in your server list.

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Then be able to see any your DefaultCollection and Team Projects, and click Connect.

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And once connected you will see the listing of them in Team Explorer.

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Posted On Saturday, November 5, 2011 10:05 AM | Comments (0)
Getting started with the Azure Hosted TFS (aka TFSPreview): Updates for Visual Studio 2010 Tools and such

Once you have configured your online preview, then you can proceed to connect to it using Visual Studio 2010.

In order to get Live ID authentication working and such, there is an update you need to apply.  This is something that can be accessed through the Administration page, and then clicking on download software.

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Clicking on that link will take you to the Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server Blog.  From this page, you will be able to download the needed component to connect and authenticate to the TFS Preview.  The direct link to that page is as follows:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2011/09/14/tfs-preview-downloads.aspx

The update requires you have Service Pack 1 for VS 2010 installed.  If you are going to be using Microsoft Test Manager, the same applies.  The links also include downloads for Eclipse components, Build server functionality  and download of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview.

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Upon download of the software update, you can launch the installation.

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Accept the license terms

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Get the installation going

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Once it completes, click finish

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Posted On Saturday, November 5, 2011 9:45 AM | Comments (0)
Getting started with the Azure Hosted TFS (aka TFSPreview): Creating a New Team Project

Once you have successfully signed in to your environment, you are at the welcome screen, from here we will need to go to Administration.

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Once there, if you have not done so already, add a Team Project to your Collection.

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Once there, provide a Name, give a description and select your Process Template, then Click on Create Project.

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It will run through the process of creating your team project

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Once it completes, you will see the following message and click on Close.

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The next post is about navigating to the Team Project and connecting to TFSPreview using Visual Studio.

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7:24 PM | Comments (0)
Getting Lync for Mac working with Office 365

About a month ago, Microsoft announced the release of Lync for Mac.  If you have access to TechNet or MSDN you likely have access to download this tool. Among the benefits of the tool, being able to connect to Office 365.  Exciting news, yet for some odd reason it was a battle if you had upgraded to Lion (have not heard of anyone having issues that is running on Snow Leopard).  Microsoft then released an update for Lync for Mac.

Now, after the update, it was still no dice for me.  Upon further research there were two additional items needed.  One was removing an “unknown” certificate that made its way to the Keychain.  The other was to manually declare the Internal and External servers for it.

Here is a summary then of the “fixes”

1) Get the update for Lync for Mac, if AutoUpdate has not gotten it, run it manually by going to Help (on any of the Microsoft Office for Mac Apps), from there Check for Updates.

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2) Check Keychain Access for an “unknown” certificate, and delete it.  To get access to this, you need to go to Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access

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3) Modify the Connection Settings for Internal and External Servers to point to: sipdir.online.lync.com:443 (some have reported to not need this, in my case it was needed)

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Hope this helps if you are having issues connecting to Office 365 and taking on a really great tool across the Mac and Windows platforms.

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2011 11:25 PM | Comments (0)
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