TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Entries from May 20th, 2014

Getting the compile and test status as environment variables when extending TF Build using scripts

May 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Team Foundation Build (TF Build), Tools and Utilities

The Goal When running custom batch or PowerShell scripts as part of TF Build, you want to access the compilation and test result using an environment variable. The Solution When you use the new TfvcTemplate.12.xaml build process template, it’s easy to run additional scripts or tools as part of the build process. There is a […]

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Writing the Build Report with Associated Changesets and Work Items to a file as part of the build

May 19th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Team Foundation Build (TF Build), Tools and Utilities

The Goal TFS has a nice Build Reporting, including a list of associated changesets and work items (if any). You might want to have this information saved to a file during a build. The Solution When you use the new TfvcTemplate.12.xaml build process template, it’s easy to run addition scripts or tools as part of […]

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Notifying users when a particular work item changes in TFS

May 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments · 18401, 18402, Tools and Utilities

The Goal In TFS you can set up Project Alerts that alert users when work items change. But sometimes you would like to be able to add a list of people to be notified when a particular work item changes. The Solution You can achieve this by using a server-side plug-in. Here’s a step-by-step guide: […]

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Turning off policy overrides in TFS

May 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments · 18401, Team Foundation Server, Team Foundation Version Control, Tools and Utilities

The Goal Check-In policies have been around since the first version, TFS 2005, to help a team define a list of steps they want to perform prior the checking in. If a policy is not met, it alerts the user. When policies fail, there is an option to “override” the warning(s) and continue with the […]

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Extending TFS’ default behavior using server-side plug-ins

May 12th, 2014 · No Comments · 18401, Team Foundation Server, Team Foundation Version Control, Tools and Utilities

In TFS 2005, Check-In Policies helped to ensure certain rules prior to check-in. However, check-in policies are executed locally and you must ensure they are available for the client (in the appropriate version) and installed. In TFS 2010, Gated Check-Ins were introduced, which allowed validations such as the compilation, unit test execution and more (basically […]

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From the KB: Performance decreases in TFS 2013 Update 2 after you upgrade to SQL Server 2014

May 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments · 18141, 18404, TFS Administration

From the Microsoft KB article: “After you upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server 2014, you notice a decrease in performance in Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 Update 2.” “These issues occur because the hardware requirements for SQL Server 2014 are greater than those for ealier versions of SQL Server. “ Link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2953452/en-us

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Article: The evolution of Microsoft’s solution for Application Lifecycle Management: Team Foundation Server

May 8th, 2014 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server

Pieter Gheysens, a fellow Visual Studio ALM MVP, wrote an article over how TFS and Microsoft’s ALM platform in general evolved from its beginnings (2006 was the first public release) until today. You can get the .PDF from his blog at: http://intovsts.net/2013/12/03/the-evolution-of-almtfs-pdf-available-for-download/ Enjoy! –Neno

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Screen Gallery: Upgrading TF Build from 2012 to 2013

May 7th, 2014 · No Comments · 18141, Screen Galleries, Team Foundation Build (TF Build), TFS Installation and Configuration, Visual Studio Online

Here are the screenshots from upgrading a TF Build from 2012 to 2013.2: Good luck! –Neno

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Screen Gallery: Upgrading TFS 2012 to TFS 2013

May 6th, 2014 · No Comments · 18141, Screen Galleries, Team Foundation Server, TFS Installation and Configuration, Visual Studio Online

Here are the screenshots from upgrading a TFS 2012.3 to TFS 2013.2: Good luck! –Neno

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Updated Tools for TFS 2013

May 5th, 2014 · No Comments · Downloads, Tools and Utilities

Meanwhile I updated most of my tools for TFS 2013. Here’s a list: TfsClean.exe – Finds and deletes old and unused workspaces and shelvesets. TfsCreateBuild.exe – Creates “fake” builds in TFS without actually running them.(e.g. can be used to store the build results from a different build system) TfsExport.exe – Download files from TFVC without […]

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