TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Entries from August 27th, 2009

Tip: How to shrink TeamCompanion’s ribbon commands

August 27th, 2009 · No Comments · TFS Clients, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

TeamCompanion, the popular Outlook plug-in for TFS, adds pretty wide command icons to Outlook’s mail window ribbon bar, as you can see here: Before: You can control it using the following registry entry: Key: HKCU\Software\Ekobit\TeamCompanion.Outlook Value: DisplayButtonCaptionsInRibbon (DWORD) must be 0 (= hide captions) After:   Download: TCO_DisableButtonCaptions.zip

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Why is there no 64-bit version of Visual Studio?

August 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments · 2909, VS Development Tools, VS Test Tools, VSTS

Currently Visual Studio runs as a 32-bit process on 64-bit Windows operating systems. Rico Mariani knows why and posts why he wants to "load less, not more".   A small side note: TFS 2010 will support 32 and 64-bit Windows on the server side.

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Stop SQL Server transaction log (.LDF) files from growing indefinitely

August 9th, 2009 · 4 Comments · TFS Installation and Configuration, TFS Tips and Tricks

Symptoms You notice that in your SQL databases directory the .LDF files are growing permanently. Solution Set the recovery mode of your SQL Server databases to ‘simple’. Step-by-step instructions Perform a full-backup of your SQL Server databases. Note: This is very important since switching from the full or bulk-logged recovery model to the simple recovery […]

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See and possibly unlock files checked out by other team members

August 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Team Foundation Version Control, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

Ed Hintz points out that this is easily done with TFS Power Tools and wrote about it in 2007. In the Source Control Explorer, right click on a parent folder that contains the pending change and choose, “Find in Source Control”. Choose "Status…". Press the Find button. (optionally you can type in a user and\or […]

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Customizing the folders and file extensions automatically excluded

August 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, Team Foundation Version Control, TFS Installation and Configuration, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

When adding items to source control a list of excluded folders as well as file extensions is shown. You can customize those defaults in the registry. Matthew Mitrik has the details: If the add operation is successfully completed, the list will be saved to the registry. Order of finding masks to filter: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\[Version]\TeamFoundation\SourceControl\AddOptions\ExcludeMasks HKLM\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\[Version]\TeamFoundation\SourceControl\AddOptions\ExcludeMasks (Thanks […]

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Recommendations for Virus Scanning on TFS computers

August 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS 2008 SP1, TFS Installation and Configuration, VSTS

Anti-virus software can badly impact the performance of your Team Foundation Server. Therefore make sure the following folders are excluded from scanning for viruses: TFS Version Control Cache Folder Team System Web Access Cache Folder SQL database folders SQL backup folders Additionally Microsoft published virus scanning recommendations for: Windows Server SQL Server WSS/SharePoint Server (Thanks […]

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