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Scandinavian Developer Conference 2010 – Here We Go!

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I attended and presented at the first SDC conference in Gothenburg in March this year. It was a well-arranged one-day conference with lots of good speakers (Kent Beck did the keynote, just to mention one). Next year the conference is back and this time for two full days.

I’ve got the opportunity to talk at this conference as well:


and this is what I plan to cover:

Testing, testing. A first-look at the new testing capabilities in Visual Studio 2010

The new release of Visual Studio Team System will include a large set of powerful testing features. Whether you’re into manual or automated testing there will be things you want to check out!

We’ll look at the many of the exiting new features in VSTS 2010, including:

  • Test planning and execution
  • Issue tracking with rich bugs
  • Eliminating the "works on my machine / cannot reproduce" scenario
  • Automated UI Testing
  • Virtual Lab Management

Visit for all the details about the conference and make sure to sign up early!

Written by Mathias Olausson

December 26th, 2009 at 8:17 am

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New Virtual Machines for VSTS 2008 and VS 2010!

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As many of you know the virtual machines that Microsoft kindly provides for evaluation of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server expire on December 31. Fortunately Brian Randell has been busy creating a set of new virtual machines for VSTS/TFS/VS:

This time we get both Virtual PC 2007/Virtual Server 2005 and Hyper-V compatible images, which is really useful since I use both Hyper-V and Virtual PC for demos and presentations. And we get images for VSTS 2008 SP1 and VS 2010 beta 2. The beta 2 image will be really useful for testing out the coming version (which I really recommend you checkout if you haven’t done so already). Here are the links to the full VPC images:

Here are the file sets if you use the Free Download Manager for downloads:

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server SP1 and Team Suite SP1 VPC Image

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation ServerR 2010 Beta 2 for Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 Image


Written by Mathias Olausson

December 26th, 2009 at 2:52 am

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New TFS 2010 Beta 2 patch available

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A few weeks ago I posted about some issues I’ve had with Team Build on TFS 2010 beta 2 ( A fix for this and a few other issues has been released and it works great on my configurations.

Here’s the isses this fix resolved:

  • Fixes an intermittent race condition that prevents WIT data from making it to the Warehouse
  • Fixed an issue where the iteration backlog for each build workbook is based on the root iteration and not on the individual iterations
  • Fixes an issue where in the Regional Options, the Decimal Symbol is defined to something other than “.” (For example ”,”.)
  • Fixed an issue that prevents saving multiple work-items in excel or project when connected to TFS 2010 server from a 2008 client.

Get the patch here:

Written by Mathias Olausson

December 20th, 2009 at 2:37 am

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TFS Administration Tool 2.0 CTP Released

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The TFS Administration Tool is probably the most widely used tool for TFS Security administration but it has been known for having a slightly akward user-interface. In v2 the UI has been re-done and some other nice features have been added. I think the new version will make the tool even more used by TFS admins.

Oh, and another cool enhancement is support for TFS 2010 beta 2!

Release notes from Peter’s blog:

Finally it’s time for the brand new design of the tool to see the light, you can download the v2.0 CTP from here. Please take it for a spin and let us know what you like and not like about it (along with any potential problems you have).

The main new features in this release are:

  • Support for all available versions of Team Foundation Server (2005, 2008, 2010 Beta 2)
  • Complete redesign of the user interface
  • Multiple server connection
  • Bulk edit of users
  • Undo pending changes
  • Tracing

You can read more about the release on the homepage

Written by Mathias Olausson

December 7th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

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Web Access 2008 Scalability Update Released

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Today Microsoft released a new patch for the Team System Web Access 2008. This fix addresses some memory issues that occurs when you run TSWA under reasonable load. Here’s the releases information from Hakan Eskicis blog:

We have just published updates to address the scalability issues in Team System Web Access 2008 power tool.

The update consists of two parts that can be installed separately, but I strongly recommend installing both updates to get the most benefits for improved scalability:

1. Patch for referenced object model assemblies

This update contains fixes in various assemblies used by Web Access, Team Explorer and Team Foundation Server.

You can download it at:

You need to install this patch to the server where Web Access 2008 power tool is running.

2. Web Access 2008 power tool:

This is a full release that contains the latest version of Web Access 2008 power tool with the scalability fixes.

You can download it at:

You need to uninstall any existing installations of Web Access 2008 before installing this.

Written by Mathias Olausson

December 7th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

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Scrum for Team System 3 – for TFS 2010 beta 2

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I just received a mail informing me that the latest release of SfTS is available. It’s great to hear that support for 2010 beta 2 is available, I know many early adoptors are looking for this. Take a look at the links below to learn more about what’s coming;

The latest version of the Scrum for Team System * process template has now been released. This version is designed to work with Team Foundation Server 2010 (Beta 2) and introduces enterprise features to Scrum.

You can download the server and client side tools (free of charge) from the following forum post:

· SfTS v3 Beta 2 released – Download now.

Please use the below forum for all your SfTS version 3 feedback and questions.

· SfTS v3 Beta 2 forum

Additional Links

· Simon Bennett discusses the new Template and enterprise level scrum in his blog:

· Crispin Parker discusses the new template tools in his blog:

· Simon Bennett and Stuart Preston present the new template at PDC:

* Version 3 (Beta 2)

Note: You have received this email because you choose to when registering to download the SfTS template or when you created a Task Board for Team System account. Please respond with the text “Unsubscribe me” to remove you consent to receive future notification emails.


Scrum for Team System

Written by Mathias Olausson

December 2nd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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