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Team Foundation Proxy – Your friend for distributed development teams

Since you can only deploy one master TFS server and replication mechanisms are not supported you might consider using a TFS Proxy server, which caches the downloads from the Team Foudation Version Control.

Functionality / What it does:

Cache downloads from Version Control only. Control Messages and other artifacts like work items are still transferred directly between client (Visual Studio) and server (TFS).

Read more about how the proxy works.


From a licensing perspective the TFS Proxy costs you one (additional) TFS license.

See also: Licensing whitepaper.


You find the installation files on your TFS CD under Proxy\setup.exe.

After the installation is complete you need to modify the configuration file.

See also: hardware requirements.

More Information (including all links mentioned above):

The Future of VSTS Modeling Tools: UML + DSL

Well if you asked me a year ago if Microsoft is going to deliver UML tools the answer would not been to positive.

As you can read in Cameron Skinner‘s blog Microsoft changed it’s views a bit. It’s not anymore about “DSL vs. UML”, but a combination of both: “the right tool for the right job”.

There will be a clean separation between the two approaches:

  • UML will be used at the high-level modeling (“logical” layer”)
  • DSL at the “physical layer”

As a result Microsoft will introduce five UML 2.1 compliant UML diagrams with the next version of VSTS and a few new DSLs. The UML diagrams are:

  • Class Diagram
  • Use Case Diagram
  • Component Diagram
  • Sequence Diagram
  • Activity Diagram

You can have a look at those on these screenshots by MVP colleague Willi.

So Microsoft is not at all moving away from DSL, but recognized the value of UML as an addition and now clearly propagates the value in using a combination of both.

The future is: UML + DSL. The “programmatic approach” as Cameron puts it.