Visual Studio Team System

Experience from the trenches with TFS
Minor "Gotcha!" TFS 2008 Workgroup Edition
After getting used to the full blown version of TFS (first 2005, and then 2008) I ended up doing an install of TFS Workgroup Edition to play around with to see if it would work for some smaller home projects. After setting everything up, imagine my surprise when I went to access it using a named account rather that the "TFS Setup" account. I received an error: TFS 3011: domain\user is not a licensed user Doh! A quick check of the global group membership settings and I discovered a "licensed users" ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 6:42 AM | Comments (2)

Visual Studio 2008 Performance Analysis Tip...
If you're used to working with the VS 2005 Performance Tool (Dynamic Code Analysis) and you're starting to work on projects in VS 2008, you may have been a little surprised as I was running the VS 2008 version on existing code and getting different results than you get in VS 2005. By Default in a VS 2008 profiling session there is a check box called "Exclude Small Functions from Instrumentation" which is checked. You may need to uncheck it in order to get more complete results on your code. An example ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 3:20 PM | Comments (0)

Visual Studio 2008 Team System Seminar
Just saw notice of some events in my area - one of which caught my attention since I'm just starting to experiment with VS 2008 Team System. There's a 1 day seminar going over it as noted below. 1 day seminar will be around Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team System. You will be provided with an overview of each role and the session will wrap up with a preview of the next version of Team System DATES/LOCATIONS: 3/11 Ft Lauderdale, FL Event ID: 1032367780 3/13 Tampa, FL Event ID: 1032367779 3/18 Charlotte, ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 13, 2008 10:32 AM | Comments (2)

Event ID: 3000 TFS Warehouse Error
Disclaimer – this article describes a fix that worked for me – YMMV…proceed with caution. I recently encountered a weird error with the TFSWarehouse data cube and reporting services for our site. It started out innocently enough with an error I hadn’t seen before in the event log (shown below) Well that was odd enough because it suddenly appeared out of nowhere, but then I also noticed odd things going on with the reports that TFS generates. It was generating reports but it was all stale data…apparently ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 12:20 PM | Comments (0)

I'm headed to Roanoke Code Camp in March!
Wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it but really wanted to after talking with Robin last October at Richmond Code Camp...but now I'm heading up to Roanoke for my first Code Camp of 2008! Right now I'm planing for two presentations - one on code analysis and one on Windows Mobile 6. For those interested in more info about the code camp in general see their site here: http://www.rvnug.org/CodeCa... ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 5:58 PM | Comments (0)

VS 2008 and VS 2005 side-by-side with Windows Mobile 6 SDK's
Is this even a supported configuration? Right now mine's not working but I haven't given up yet. I previously had Visual Studio 2005 installed with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK's (both professional and standard) and everything works fine there. Just yesterday installed Visual Studio 2008 and went to look at the Smart Device templates and only the Windows Mobile 5 stuff is there. No problem I figured - maybe just need to re-install the SDK's now that I have VS 2008 so they can be integrated. Did that ......

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2007 12:16 PM | Comments (4)

Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite - my first look...
So I finally got the time to sit down with a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and got it installed on my test rig. Here's how it all went down... I did a custom install this first time around - no Visual C++, and none of the SQL Compact or Crystal Reports stuff. I was certain to include the new Code Analysis, Performance and Testing tools though. I've heard some interesting things about the way those tools have improved with VS 2008 and am anxious to try them out. I'm also pretty anxious to try ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:35 AM | Comments (0)

Some minor VSTS issues...
OK let me preface this by saying by and large, I’m actually a pretty big fan of Visual Studio Team System. One of the things I don’t like is the breakdown of functionality between the different SKU’s of Team Edition. Case in point… Our current environment has a separate build server. When we got to the point where we wanted to run unit tests as part of the built process, our QA guy had to install the Tester edition on the build server in order for it to run…that was a few weeks back and now we’re ......

Posted On Thursday, January 25, 2007 9:42 PM | Comments (2)

GC.NUG January 2007 Meeting
The Greater Charleston .NET User Group will have their first meeting of 2007 on January 11th. I'll be giving a presentation about dynamic code analysis using tools built into Visual Studio Team Edition (Developer). It's something I've been playing around with since last year after I was first introduced to it and it's been pretty cool to poke around with existing code and see what's really happening during execution. Visit GCNUG.org for more information. See you there ......

Posted On Friday, January 5, 2007 10:24 PM | Comments (0)

I won something pretty cool!

I just found out the other day I won something that's pretty cool....gonna wait for the "official" announcement before I plug it in here, but I'm pretty excited :)

Those of you involved at all with Community-Credit will find out about the same time I do with the official announcement...probably when the January newsletter is released.

 

Posted On Sunday, December 31, 2006 2:07 PM | Comments (2)

Confessions of a performance junkie...Part I
This started out innocently enough - I was looking for a simple way to start experimenting with the Performance Wizard tool that's included with Visual Studio Team Edition for Developers so to keep things simple, my Performance Wizard "hello world!" became this little bit of code:Imports System.text Module PerfJunkie Private ReallyBigString As String Sub Concatenate(ByVal Junk As String) ReallyBigString = ReallyBigString & Junk End Sub Sub Main() For i As Int16 = 0 To (Int16.MaxValue - 1) Concatenate(CStr(i)) ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 10:00 PM | Comments (2)

Weird issue with Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-073
I went to apply Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-073 on a production box today after testing it on a VPC with no ill effects and noticed after it was installed that some weird errors came up as shown below: “Team Foundation Server MYVSTFBox does not exist or is not accessible at this time. Technical information (for administrator): HTTP code 503: TF30059: Fatal error while initializing web service” As an added bonus, suddenly nobody could get to source code through Source Explorer and Reports, Documents, ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 20, 2006 8:53 PM | Comments (3)

Installing Visual Studio 2005 SP1...still
OK so I was a good boy - I actually went over Microsoft KB Artcle 928957 prior to installing SP1 for VS2005. I took note of where it said...(to quote) Service pack installation takes longer than the original product installation: loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); Installing Visual Studio 2005 SP1 takes longer than installing the original release version because the SP1 installation is much like a product installation, but with additional installation tasks. Installation time depends on which product ......

Posted On Sunday, December 17, 2006 9:05 PM | Comments (6)

TFS Bug? Any ideas?
Within the past few days I've noticed a strange behavior and confirmed it not only on 2 different projects, but also with several other developers working in my shop. What happens is that when trying a "Get Latest" for source control, nothing happens even though we *know* there is new code that was just checked in. In order to get the latest code when we've run into this issue, we have to do a "Get Latest" and force the latest (you know the little check box in the options) while also selecting the ......

Posted On Friday, December 1, 2006 7:34 PM | Comments (0)

Security Permissions in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - Why Microsoft?
Had a small issue at the shop today with permissions in TFS – one of the things I still occasionally get spun up about is the different ways it handles security between TFS itself, the SharePoint portal and Reporting Services, I mean why can’t it all go based on Active Directory if it’s deployed in a domain environment or Local Groups if deployed in a Workgroup environment? Or am I just being picky? I know I’ve heard before that when Microsoft was rolling this out there was sufficient enough feedback ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 6:35 PM | Comments (4)

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