TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Entries from March 23rd, 2011

How can I temporarily suspend TFS event notification mails?

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · TFS Administration, TFS Project Portal and Team Communication, Work Item Customization

There is no built-in command to achieve this. Workaround You can turn off all e-mail alerts in the TFS Admin Console by unchecking the "Enable Email Alerts" checkbox. Alternatively you could also remove disable SMTP settings via command line: %ProgramFiles%\TFSConfig ConfigureMail  /Enabled:False|True (Special thanks to Jim Lamb, Microsoft, for making me aware of the command […]

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Who created that TFS event subscription?

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · TFS Project Portal and Team Communication, Troubleshooting TFS

In TFS you can use Project Alerts or Alerts Explorer to edit your subscriptions. You will not see subscriptions created by others. To see all subscriptions you could have a look at the tbl_EventSubscription table in the collection database (Caution: Do not make any changes to the TFS DBs!). To find out which user identity […]

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Enriching your Work Item Descriptions by Moving them to a HTML field

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Tools and Utilities, Work Item Customization

In the Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 process template (and most likely in future process templates), Microsoft is using HTML fields with rich formatting for the work item description fields. In VS Scrum 1.0… Product Backlog Items and Tasks are using Microsoft.VSTS.Common.DescriptionHtml. Bugs are using Microsoft.VSTS.TCM.ReproSteps instead. You can customize your current process template and add […]

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Trouble installing SharePoint 2010 Prerequisites because it cannot configure IIS on Windows Server 2008 R2?

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · TFS Project Portal and Team Communication, Troubleshooting TFS

Problem The prerequisites installation fails with errors configuring IIS. Resolution Make sure to install all available Windows Updates. Try to manually install the required IIS features by executing the following command: start /w pkgmgr /iu:IIS-WebServerRole;IIS-WebServer;IIS-CommonHttpFeatures; IIS-StaticContent;IIS-DefaultDocument;IIS-DirectoryBrowsing;IIS-HttpErrors; IIS-ApplicationDevelopment;IIS-ASPNET;IIS-NetFxExtensibility; IIS-ISAPIExtensions;IIS-ISAPIFilter;IIS-HealthAndDiagnostics; IIS-HttpLogging;IIS-LoggingLibraries;IIS-RequestMonitor;IIS-HttpTracing;IIS-CustomLogging;IIS-ManagementScriptingTools; IIS-Security;IIS-BasicAuthentication;IIS-WindowsAuthentication;IIS-DigestAuthentication; IIS-RequestFiltering;IIS-Performance;IIS-HttpCompressionStatic;IIS-HttpCompressionDynamic; IIS-WebServerManagementTools;IIS-ManagementConsole;IIS-IIS6ManagementCompatibility; IIS-Metabase;IIS-WMICompatibility;WAS-WindowsActivationService;WAS-ProcessModel; WAS-NetFxEnvironment;WAS-ConfigurationAPI;WCF-HTTP-Activation; WCF-NonHTTP-Activation For more details visit this page: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee554869.aspx

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Licensing Changes in TFS 2010: Creating work items and viewing the once created by the user does not require a CAL

March 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS 2010

The real news here is that the existing exception, under which you do not need a Team Foundation Server client access license (TFS CAL), is now valid for internal as well as external users. This is what the Licensing White Paper says: Client Access License Exception for Certain Work Items A user does not need […]

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Hands-On Labs: ALM features in Visual Studio 2010

March 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Training and Learning

The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course contains the following 10 hands-on-labs: Authoring and Running Manual Tests using Microsoft Test Manager 2010 Introduction to Coded UI Tests with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Introduction to Test Case Management with Microsoft Test Manager 2010 Planning your Projects with Team Foundation Server 2010 Branching and […]

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Scrum Release Burndown chart: No data available

March 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Project Management with TFS, TFS Reporting

Problem The Release Burndown (from the VS Scrum 1.0 template) stays empty and shows "No data available". How to fix Make sure to specify Start / End Date on the corresponding Sprint work item. Wait until the warehouse is refreshed (or invoke it manually). (Thanks thanks to Ruiz Yi for his post on MSDN Forums)

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Refresh TFS Warehouse, Cube and Reports on demand

March 18th, 2011 · No Comments · TFS Reporting, Tools and Utilities

By default, TFS will process it’s Data Warehouse and Analysis Services Cube (and thus update the data for the reports) every 2 hours. You can change the default frequency or manually invoke cube processing, if needed. Be careful with changing it to lower values than every hour: Important If you reduce the interval to less […]

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Could not write lines to file FileListAbsolute.txt. Access to the path is denied.

March 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Team Foundation Build (TF Build), Team Foundation Version Control

You receive the following error message: C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0\Microsoft.Common.targets(3246,9): error MSB3491: Could not write lines to file "obj\Release\abc.Common.vbproj.FileListAbsolute.txt". Access to the path ‘c:\TFS Builds\Sources\abc\obj\Release\abc.Common.vbproj.FileListAbsolute.txt’ is denied. Possible Cause: Have you checked in the "obj" and "bin" folders? To resolve this issue: Delete the "obj" and "bin" folder in source control. (usually those are not checked in) Delete […]

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Download files from TFS version control and set the file last access timestamp to the file’s last check-in time

March 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Team Foundation Version Control, Tools and Utilities

Often I hear the following questions about TFS version control: Can I just download files or folders from TFS without having to create a workspace? Can I specify that files do not have the read-only attribute set? Can I configure that files show the last check-in time as last write time? Can can I "export" […]

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