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Eric Matz February 2006 Entries
Building MSIs on the TFS Build Server
For those of you that build MSIs to package your applications, you'll quickly find that MSBuild does not support this, so the TFS Build Server cannot build your vdproj setup projects. Anutthara Bharadwaj has a good post with the workaround for this. Pay attention to the part about needing Visual Studio installed on the build server - if you're like me and you installed the Team Explorer client on your server to test things out, you might be fooled into thinking VS is already installed. I felt pretty ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 5:24 PM

More On Team Foundation Server Licensing
Since Mickey Gousset raised a good point in his comment on my previous TFS post, I've been looking into this further. I was going to post my findings from the current licensing white paper, but Chris Menegay basically said what I was thinking. “Anyone editing data will require a CAL“ What exactly does that mean? I hope they add clarification for (and exclude) API usage. At TechEd '05 they showed a demo of Team System's collaboration capabilities. In it, they talked about how easy it would ......

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2006 10:43 AM

Machine Key Synchronizing and ASP.NET 2.0
Synchronizing your machine keys is a great way to provide a single-sign-on experience when using ASP.NET Forms Authentication. This tells ASP.NET a specific key to use when encrypting/decrypting the ticket, and when multiple servers or applications use the same keys, they will accept the ticket generated by the inital login. When I tried adding a 2.0 application to the mix, it did not work. The solution took some digging, but was pretty simple. ASP.NET 2.0 allows you to specify a decryption attribute ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 2:30 PM

Accessing Team Foundation Server Without The Client
One of the key things I feel is missing from Team Foundation Server is access to managing certain things, specifically Work Items, from a web-based interface. In fact, Team Foundtion Server is going to be a hard-sell to my management if this capability is not there. I have a large number of users who will need to be able to enter bugs, and it would be nice if they could do so from a web-based interface - ideally, the SharePoint portal site for the Team Project. I'd prefer not to have to buy a CAL ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 8:25 AM

Awesome Utilities

Two of my favorite utilities (which happen to be written in C#)...



Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 7:24 PM

Web Application Projects in VS2005
I've been working on getting the various web applications that make up our system migrated to the 2.0 framework and VS 2005. Class libraries seemed to convert with little or no effort. Most of our we service projects also seemed to convert into the new Web Site project format with little effort. The front-end project, however, has proven to be a major effort. I found that I can get the job done much faster by using the new Web Application Project format, the beta of which was released just recently. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 5:37 PM

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