TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Q: Where to get the Process Template Editor?

April 10th, 2016 · No Comments · FAQ, TFS Process Customization

The Process Template Editor that you can use to export/import work item types of existing team projects as well as modify or create your own process templates, is a separate download and made available as part of the TFS 2015 Power Tools. As the Process Template Editor is a plug-in to Visual Studio, you need […]

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Solution for Error CS0246: The type or namespace name `App’ could not be found when building Xamarin.iOS

April 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Team Foundation Build (TF Build)

When trying to build an Xamarin iOS solution with TFS Build, you get the following errors/warnings: /Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/Versions/4.2.3/lib/mono/4.5/Microsoft.Common.targets:  warning : Project reference ‘../HelloWorldApp/HelloWorldApp.csproj’ could not be resolved. AppDelegate.cs(26,33): error CS0246: The type or namespace name `App’ could not be found. Are you missing an assembly reference? How to fix this: Remove references to the project that […]

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Q: What permissions do I need to rename a Team Project?

February 29th, 2016 · No Comments · FAQ, TFS 2015, TFS Administration

Answer: Users need the “Edit project-level information” permission to rename a team project. By default the Project Administrators group has that permission. It’s documented here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/Library/vs/alm/Overview/rename-team-project –Neno (Special thanks to Rogan Ferguson and Kathryn Elliott from Microsoft for helping me with this answer.)

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Q: What are the possible expressions for the “Test Filter criteria” parameter?

February 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Automated Tests, Team Foundation Build (TF Build), TFS Lab Management

Answer: You can find a good description of the various expressions that you can use for the “Test Filter criteria” parameter at: http://i1.blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/09/26/running-selective-unit-tests-in-vs-2012-using-testcasefilter.aspx –Neno

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Q: How to enable screen video recording when running functional tests on a Test Agent?

February 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Automated Tests, TFS Lab Management

Answer: On the “Run Functional Tests” task, you can specify a .testsettings file in the “Run Settings File” parameter. You can create .testsettings files in Visual Studio, which pops up a wizard to guide you through the settings, or you can read more about .testsettings files at: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee256991.aspx –Neno

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Q: What software versions are installed on VS Team Services’ hosted build agents?

February 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · VS Team Services

Answer: As you have no influence as to what software gets installed on the Hosted Agent that is provided as part of VS Team Services, it’s important to know what is currently installed. TFS-MVP colleague Tarun runs a website, where you can see the currently installed software and which gets updated regularly:  http://listofsoftwareontfshostedbuildserver.azurewebsites.net/ Hint: There’s […]

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Solved: The type ‘Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Framework.Client.ILocationService’ cannot be used as type parameter…

February 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · TFS Extensibility

The Problem You are receiving one of the following compiler errors: The type ‘Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Framework.Client.ILocationService’ cannot be used as type parameter ‘TService’ in the generic type or method ‘VssRequestContextExtensions.GetService<TService>(IVssRequestContext)’. There is no implicit reference conversion from ‘Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Framework.Client.ILocationService’ to ‘Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Framework.Server.IVssFrameworkService’. ‘ILocationService’ does not contain a definition for ‘GetSelfReferenceUri’ and no extension method ‘GetSelfReferenceUri’ accepting a first argument […]

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Q: How can I use an TfsTeamProjectCollection to authenticate against the REST API (*HttpClient)?

February 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · TFS Extensibility

Answer: If you are already authenticated against the “classic” TFS Object Model from the Microsoft.TeamFoundationServer.ExtendedClient NuGet Package  (typically having an instance of TfsTeamProjectCollection), you can use its GetClient<T> generic method to aquire an *HttpClient class from the REST API. Example: TfsTeamProjectCollection tpc = new TfsTeamProjectCollection(new Uri(collectionUri))) TfvcHttpClient tfvcClient = tpc.GetClient<TfvcHttpClient>(); See also “Example 3” at: […]

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SOLVED: TF248020: You cannot specify the ‘Reportable’ attribute for filed ‘System.BoardColumnDone’.

February 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · TFS Administration, TFS Process Customization

The Problem When trying to upload a Work Item Type Definition (WITD) XML file using witadmin.exe the following error message is shown: TF212018: Work item tracking schema validation error: TF248020: You cannot specify the ‘Reportable’ attribute for filed ‘System.BoardColumnDone’. You can only define the reportable attribute for Integer, Double, String, or DateTime fields. Remove this […]

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Q: Where do I find the Test Controller / Agents versions for Visual Studio 2015?

February 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Automated Tests, FAQ, TFS 2015, TFS Installation and Configuration, TFS Lab Management

Answer: There are no new version of the TFS 2013 Test Controller and Test Agents available. TFS 2015 still works with the TFS 2013 versions. Please use them. If you are using the new build definitions, you can use the Deploy Test Agent task and Run Functional Test task to run automated tests using a […]

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