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Technorati Tags: Msbuild,TFS,Team Build What is MSBuild? MSBuild is a general-purpose build system created by Microsoft and is used to build most Microsoft Visual Studio projects. MSBuild is shipped with the Microsoft .NET Framework. What this means is that you do not need to have Visual Studio installed in order to build your applications. Project File Details you should follow these conventions for specifying the extension of the file: .proj A project file .targets A file that contains shared targets, ...
While digesting my lunch it was time to digest some TFS Build information. While much of my time is spent wearing my developer’s hat I am still a jack of all trades and automated builds are an important aspect of any project. Because of this I was looking forward to finding out what new features are available in the latest release of Team Foundation Server. The first feature that caught my attention is the TFS Admin Client. After being used to dealing with NAnt in the past it is nice to see a build ...
My morning sessions for day three were dominated by Team Foundation Server. This has been a hot topic for our clients lately, so this topic really stuck a chord. The speaker for the first session was from Boeing. It was nice to hear how how a company mixes both agile and waterfall project management. The approaches that he presented were very pragmatic. For their needs reporting is the crucial part of their decision to use TFS. This was interesting since this is probably the last aspect that most ...
Our team at AJI Software has been hard at work over the past year on certifications and projects that has allowed us to reach Gold Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. We have focused on providing services that not only assist in custom software development, but process analysis and mentoring. I definitely want to thank each one of our team members for all their work. We are currently the only Microsoft Gold ALM Partner for a 500 mile radius around Kansas City. If you or your team is ...
There are pieces of information spread out on this in various postings for SQL Server Reporting Services used in Team Foundation Server. Here are two: Customizing Report Parameters for Team Foundation Server 2010 TFS 2010: Using Stories Progress in your Dashboards but scoped to Iteration or Areas I will attempt to pull together the essential information. First, there are two ways that SSRS reports filter on iteration and area path: …MDXParam (i.e. Query Based) parameter. For example, the Stories ...
This post is continued HERE. Go to Part 1 – List of Product Updates for information on Visual Studio and TFS 2012 updates Looking for the VS 2010 extensions ? Go to Visual Studio 2010 - List of Product Updates (Part 1) + Extensions (Part 2). Looking for links to the test adapters, go to this blog post. UPDATE Aug 18th 2013: Updates: Visual Studio Tools for Git, TypeScript, ReSharper, TFS Power Tools, Code Contracts, Build Manager, Web Essentials, Code Contracts, tangible T4 editor , Just Decompile, ...
Recently, I came across an issue where I had to change the size limit for WorkItem Attachments in TFS 2010. I searched all around the internet only to find very little information around it which wasn’t clear honestly. So after breaking my head for sometime, I was successful in doing it. Here are my conclusions and the procedure to do it. 1. You DON’T 'have to' programmatically change it. You can do it directly from IIS webservices. 2. You CAN change it programmatically too, by making an entry into ...
Yes, now more ways to get connected to TFS 2010. Up until now, if you have to connect to TFS 2010 from other platforms - be it Linux, Mac, Solaris etc., you had to purchase a CAL (Client Access License) or a 90-day free trial of the Team Explorer Everywhere 2010. You don't have to do that anymore. Microsoft has made it free and released an update with Team Explorer Everywhere with SP1. Here's the download link - http://www.microsoft.com/do... Have fun coding ...
If you are interested in creating a new Team Project and playing around with TFS 2011, you can try http://tfspreview.com You’ll have to register and request for an invitation code. Last I read on Brian's blog there was a free invitation code , but I’m assuming its exhausted already. The invitation code was: TfsDecUpdate. I don’t think it works anymore. So you can register & request for one ...
Start believing in ‘Karma’ & 'Coffee' - You'll need both when you start working on TFS ...
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 ...
A while back I was helping a client upgrade SharePoint 2007 code to SharePoint 2010 and I came across this interesting problem. I was working web parts that were created in Visual Studio 2008 using WSPBuilder extensions. The first order of business was to convert them to Visual Studio 2010 templates instead of using WSPBuilder 2010 extensions. Why Use Visual Studio 2010 templates? There are two main reasons I highly recommend using Visual Studio 2010 templates instead of using WSPBuilder 2010 templates. ...
Let me start off by stating that I am in no way an expert on MSBuild, writing build scripts, MSDeploy, Web Deploy, etc. I learned a lot in this process about those things which helped me find a workable solution. I'm sure there are better ways to accomplish what I'm trying to do, but this is what I came up with. My goal in writing this is that someone will hopefully avoid wasting their time as I did trying to get app_offline.htm to work.For those of you who don't know what app_offline.htm is, it's ...
You get an error message with Microsoft Test Manager 2010: Automatic connection to the following team project failed: <project_name> on server <tfs server>. Click refresh to display all currently available team projects, then connect to the project that you want to use. This error message displays everytime you are trying to connect to the MTM 2010 though you are able to connect to TFS successfully from the VS 2010. The issue doesnt goes off after installing the hotfix and deleting the ...
The Problem After setting up a new instance of TFS I attempting to use the TFS 2010 Power Tools (Dec ‘11) Team Foundation Backups wizard. However, during the Backup Plan Wizard Readiness Checks, the “Grant Backup Plan Permissions” step failed with the error – Account… failed to create backups using path… The Fix Digging into the log created during the Readiness Check I found the following error - Error @xxx Microsoft.SqlServer.Managem... Backup failed for Server 'xxx'. ...
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Arrggghhhh TFS and builds! Such a love-hate relationship! So we have our TFS builds setup to both compile our C# projects as well as compile and deploy our Team Foundation (TF) Database (DB) projects. One day I started getting the following file path too long error message on our build server: $/RQ4TeamProject/Prototypes... - 1 error(s), 69 warning(s), View Log File C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\Vis... ...
Most of us spend our time in Visual Studio writing .NET code within a Visual Studio solution. Given this situation we find it very easy to integrate with Team Foundation Server for our source control and have a well known work pattern. But what happens when you want to use TFS as source control for non-Microsoft development? The most important thing to remember is that source control should be as transparent as possible to the developer. If the particular language or product does not have an Integrated ...
Back in 2009 I was tasked with automating database dictionaries and schemas outputs for the CI (Continuous Integration) Server called Hudson ( which is probably now owned by Oracle and will become a name like Jenkins, but I digress. CruiseControl and CruiseControl.NET for Windows is another popular free CI, both of which are superior to the lightweight CI of TFS ).I setup ANT scripts with regular expressions that would get called nightly to rebuild the creation of html and image files with the schemaspy ...
When you place a Visual Studio solution into TFS or pull it down for the first time a default working path is set in the workspace mappings. There are times when you need to point source code to a new location. Once option you have is to simply use the Manage Workspaces dialog to edit the local folder for the your solution. Select your workspace. Click on the Local Folder and an ellipse button will appear to allow to set a new folder. The problem with this approach is that it doesn’t seem to consistently ...
The Objective Three of the 6 development teams using TFS are moving to a different network and domain. There is no on-line connection between the old (source) and new (target) networks. The objective was for the teams to come in Monday morning, bring up their development machine on the new network and have everything as it had been on the old network. Failed Approaches Clone the data tier and move the data tier to the new network. This failed because the procedures for moving the hardware to a new ...
Scribe - Test Scribe is a documentation power tool designed to construct documents directly from TFS for test plan and test run artefacts for the purpose of discussion, reporting etc. Scribe only works with Microsoft Test Manager, so if you needed to generate documentation for TFS Builds, what options do you have? You could potentially modify the Build Process template to generate report documentation as the build is executed or you could use the TFS data warehouse to extract data to create rich ...
I’ve used the platform for ClearQuest migrations to TFS and Subversion migrations to TFS. The setup for testing the configuration can be tricky to ensure you’re starting again from a blank slate. Problem I was puzzled after running a number of test migrations to find that no source code would be migrated for some team projects, but not others. I was starting with a new migration configuration, new destination team project and even a re-install of the platform and the SQL Server DB for the platform. ...
With TFS 2010 a basic installation of TFS has been reduced to a matter of clicks, the pain however lies in getting an appropriate environment provisioned from the Infrastructure team. There will be planned and unplanned downtime as the infrastructure team takes the environment down for patching. There are various TFS hosting services available out there that’ll take this pain point away from you. Some of the leading players amongst others include DiscountASP.net, TeamDevCentral, Praktik Hosting… ...
Agile taught us to release early and release often, Agile also taught us to get the end user involved more frequently and directly. Goes without saying that release notes are an important part of any release. But what you don’t want to be doing is manually putting together the release notes with each frequent release you do. TFS lets you manage the application lifecycle with great ease & minimal administrative overhead, if your team is already checking in the code against work items and if you ...
We needed to swap out the DB box. Our DB box runs SQL Server, SSRS and SSAS. The AT is on its own box and SharePoint is on its own box.NOTE: I will update the blog post per resolution of the issue :) The Microsoft procedure I used was: Restore Data to a Different Server or Instance Setup new DB box with WS08 R2 with all updates applied. Installed SQL SQL 2008 R2 on new DB box (same version as on the old DB box). Took TFS offline. Disabled the transaction backup job from existing backup plan (runs ...
When Rob Conery left Microsoft I gave a blog retrospective on possible reasons behind his exit. Today I’m happy to reload the cannon and aim it square at the latest Microsoftie to hand in his blue badge – Phil Haack. Phil has been a huge part of why Microsoft MVC is a success, and his contributions have changed the way web development is done on the Microsoft platform. So why leave, and why leave to Github? Couldn’t he have just switched to the TFS team if he liked code repositories so much? Well, ...
Welcome to the hidden treasure of “MTM.config.exe” Navigate to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE” and open the 1. Can I change the number of Action Recording steps selected when a Bug is created? When you are exploratory testing using Microsoft Test Manager or performing a feedback session using Feedback Manager and decide to raise a bug or create a test case, the last 4*10 Action recordings are selected by default. You can change the number of action recordings selected ...
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Our TFS instance had been humming along for some time when I noticed that the full and incremental cube refresh jobs started failing. Using Grant Holiday’s “Team Foundation Server 2010 Administrative Report Pack” I was able to better visualize and diagnose the problem. The Problem The full error message was - OLE DB error: OLE DB or ODBC error: Login timeout expired; HYT00; A network-related or instance-specific error has occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. Server is not found ...
Of late am getting stung with a glucose 'ed question...Yes it was the engine that dragged me to rejuvenate...!!------------... out the Basic Elements of Configuration Management ??"------------------------... Initially, it wasn't influencing me to give a thought process. But later, it did.When i tried to dig into this question , a few were gushing out. They are (Click the Image for clear view)- Version ...
PrairieDevCon is a great conference hosted in Canada a few times a year. For the first time it’s coming to Calgary in March and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve participated as a speaker in every PrDC to date (2 in Regina, 1 in Winnipeg), and that streak will continue into Calgary. In addition to the 2 conference sessions I’ll be doing: Why do we Suck at Estimating? And How to Get Better Evolve Your Code: Fundamental Design Principles I’m also doing a full day Pre-Con Workshop on TFS Build. I plan ...
Memory for managed code is handled by the garbage collector, but if you use any kind of unmanaged code, like native resources of any kind, open files, streams and window handles, your application may leak memory if these are not properly handled. To handle such resources the classes that own these in your application should implement the IDisposable interface, and preferably implement it according to the pattern described for that interface. When you suspect a memory leak, the immediate impulse would ...
So I was tasked with looking at converting 10 million tracks from mp3 320k to AAC and also Converting from mp3 320k to mp3 128k After a bit of hunting around the tool you need to use is FFMPEG Download x64 WindowsAlso for the best results get the Nero AACEncoder Download Now the command line STEP 1(From Flac)ffmpeg -i input.flac -f wav - | neroAacEnc -ignorelength -q 0.5 -if - -of output.m4aor (From mp3)ffmpeg -i input.mp3 -f wav - | neroAacEnc -ignorelength -q 0.5 -if - -of output.m4aNow the output.m4a ...
On Tuesday November 22th, VISUG User Group has hosted an event at Microsoft Belgium about Hosted TFS by Hassan Fadili see http://www.visug.be/Eventde... This event was very interactive and many as 60 people have taken part. The topic was about Build, Relase and Deploy with TFS2011 and MS Deploy. A combination of Slides and Demo's was perfect to explain this common mechanism for developers.To learn more about this topic check the earlier article pubished by Hassan ...
Article Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/c... TODO's in code should only be used for a short period of time to remind you that something needs to be done. They should be addressed as soon as possible. In order to know who owns a TODO task and how long it’s been outstanding, my company uses the following formatting standard: Format: // TODO : Owner Initials – Date Created – Description of task. Sample: // TODO : CM – 2011\11\22 – Move this class to a reusable location. Using this pattern makes ...
USB Boot Disk When you look how to create USB Boot Disk on the web it is a nightmare Here is the easiest I use that works for all MS prods At a computer running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008, run a command prompt as administrator and execute the following: Make Sure you have all explorer windows closed and nothing referencing the USB i.e a doc open in Word 1. C:\> diskpart DISKPART> list disk [Identify disk # of the USB key] DISKPART> sel disk 1 [assuming 1 was the # from ...
Was working @ home and then arrived nice and early on Monday armed with all this good stuff I did on the weekend. Login,Headphones On, Check Mail and make cup of tea. Goto load up Solution I was working on the weekend@ home What the !!!... If you edit the unloaded Project you will find something like this For some Murphys rule reason even after hitting VS2010 with SP 1 my work box has lost MVC3 so thats why {E53F8FEA-EAE0-44A6-8774-FF... is unknown This site has a list of the VS system guids ...
Updated 29th June 2013: Microsoft is now previewing Load Test Service in TFS Service. Please check out more on the official offering by navigating to http://aka.ms/loadtfs Azure is fascinating, but even more fascinating is the marriage of Azure and TFS! Introduction Recently a client I worked for had 2 major businesses critical applications being delivered, with very little time budgeted for Performance testing, we immediately hit a bottleneck when the performance testing phase started, and the in ...