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It seems another season of previews is upon us

The past couple of weeks have been packed with teasers and updates. But here they go. Visual Studio Update 3: http://www.microsoft.com/en... Visual Studio 2013 and TFS 2013 Preview: http://www.microsoft.com/vi... SQL Server 2014 CTP1 : http://technet.microsoft.co... Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview: http://technet.microsoft.co... Windows 8.1 : http://preview.windows.com ......

Deleting projects from Team Foundation Service

Recently I made the switch from having a local TFS deployment to using the hosted Team Foundation Service. As I had been using it back when it was TFSPreview, there were projects that had been left over, I no longer need those projects. Most of them were tests anyway. But reviewing in reviewing the portal I was not able to find anything to do it from there. I have always been a fan of command-line style administration. In doing my research I came across posts that indicated this being possible by ......

Someone opened the floodgates at Microsoft

This past week was just massive in the amount of Betas, evaluations, review guides and educational material that were released. We saw Windows 8 come out in a Customer Preview, the same for Windows 8 Server. There are plenty of things to go over and review, but that is a number of posts coming. If you have been using the TFS Preview, then you pretty much had an idea what you would be looking for in TFS coming out and of course the announcement of TFS Express was exciting. Anyhow, here are a couple ......

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. If you had a connection defined to another TFS environment, this will be adding one more, so you click on Servers… On the next dialog, you will click on Add… Then you will proceed to provide the details of your Team ......

Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success Presentation at SharePoint Saturday The Conference

Yesterday I presented at SPSTC, had an absolute blast, and I truly hope the attendees to my session did as well! That was my requirement! We discussed the reasons for failed requirements management, scope creep and other pitfalls. But the main goal behind this is how to enable an effective Requirements Management Engine by using SharePoint Technologies and Team Foundation Server. Keep posted as there is much more to come in this space about that thought process. In the meantime, here is the deck ......

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. 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 ......

Adventures in Lab Management Configuration: Part 3 of 3

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 ......

Great finds: TFS Guides

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/

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. Once there, if you have not done so already, add a Team Project to your Collection. Once there, provide a Name, give a description and select your Process Template, then Click on Create Project. It will run through the process of creating your team project Once it completes, you will see the following message and click on Close. The next post is about navigating ......

Visual Studio 11 ALM VM

A couple of weeks ago as the whirlwind of news was coming from the BUILD Conference, a number of announcements were coming regarding Visual Studio 11 and TFS 11. Brian Keller made links available for the Demo VM, HOLs and Demo Scripts. This information can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bri... ......

Speaking at the MCT Summit in San Francisco, Oct. 19th-21st

As an MCT it is always exciting when I travel to conferences because it becomes a reunion. Well, one more chance this year to make it so, but this time (unlike the last MCT Summit) I am also presenting. Thanks to Chris Harrison (@GeekTrainer) for the gentle nudge! Follow @MCTSummitNA too! The topics I will be presenting are (at least the ones I got confirmation on): Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success Session Level: 300 Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Technologies have ......

What can TFS do for me, as an IT Pro? An Overview. Part 1 of 3.

Let’s define what this should mean and be about. How can I as an IT Pro be able to use TFS for the tasks and activities I normally do. Whether it is controlling a project or creating scripts and such. The vision while it goes into execution with TFS, will include a process with SharePoint somewhere in there too. Scenario #1: Change Control, Change Management or Specific no-code Project Control. As an IT Pro, what do I do? Change Control, Change Management, Project Management. The problem? Yes, we ......

Microsoft releases Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services

If your question is, what is this? or perhaps more around … what does this mean? Let me explain a bit about it. Microsoft has been providing this type of services through partners within a given competency to clients that are looking to deploy and implement Microsoft products like SharePoint, Exchange or the strategy behind Windows and Office deployments. The way it works, well you purchase your products and perhaps those products come with Software Assurance and they have training/service credits. ......

Training Kit for Team Foundation Server 2010 is now available

A couple of days ago, Microsoft release a Training Kit for TFS 2010.  The training kit contains presentations, demos and labs to get to know the platform better and understand the purpose and capabilities of the product.

The download is available here:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27152

Why use SharePoint Technologies with Team Foundation Server?

This is a recent question I ran into on the MSDN TFS Forums. Made me think why I use it and how to make it effective. Here is what my response to this was … “My #1 justification is the fact that when you are looking at TFS source control is not all it does. TFS has the benefit of enabling a solutions team with different roles the right level of visibility. Not everyone will use Visual Studio, for example project managers. In many cases Visual Studio can intimidate the individual. When deployed with ......

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