TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Entries from January 11th, 2009

Using rich HTML descriptions instead of plain text

January 11th, 2009 · 6 Comments · 9672, Team Foundation Server, TFS Extensibility, TFS Process Customization, TFS Tips and Tricks, TFS Work Item Tracking, VSTS

Objective Allow rich HTML formatting in description fields of the MSF Agile process template. Note: The MSF CMMI process does support HTML formatting by default. In order to use it you have to enable the formatting toolbar (see Step 6 below). Work Item Customization Step 1: Add a new HTML description field Since the System.Description […]

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How to revert changes checked into TFS Version Control

January 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Team Foundation Server, Team Foundation Version Control, TFS Tips and Tricks

Objective We did some changes to a file and now want to revert to an older version of that same file. In the concrete scenario we added a method called "Multiply" with changeset 8 and want to go back to the version of changeset 7. Step-By-Step guide using the UI Step 1: Get the version […]

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Specified cast not valid when trying to create a new work item

January 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS Process Customization, Work Item Customization

Problem description When trying to create a new work item you receive the following error? Cause Thanks to this thread we now know that this message is caused by a DateTime Control in a WIT definition when its associated with a String field. Fix Only assign DateTime fields to DateTime controls.

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Q: How do I switch Team System Web Access back to English?

January 9th, 2009 · No Comments · Team System Web Access (TWA), TFS 2008 SP1, TFS Tips and Tricks

Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 comes equipped with 10 languages for its UI that will be displayed depending on your Internet browsers regional settings. You can set a language – independently what your browser settings by opening the Options dialog from the Settings menu. and choosing your preferred language on the “Regional settings” tab.

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Turn off label deletion when deleting builds

January 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Team Foundation Build (TF Build), Team Foundation Server, TFS 2008 SP1, TFS Installation and Configuration, TFS Tips and Tricks

By default a build label is deleted when the corresponding build gets deleted. In TFS 2008 SP1 you can change that behavior by modifying the web.config file (on the TFS AT in folder %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server\Web Services) to: <appSettings>  <add key=”PreserveLabelsOnBuildDeletion” value=”true” /></appSettings> (Thanks to Buck Hodges for this tip).

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Workflows of MSF Agile and CMMI Process Templates for TFS

January 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments · 1531, Microsoft Solution Framework (MSF), Project Management with TFS, Team Foundation Server, TFS Process Customization

When trying to decide which of the two MSF Process Templates – Agile vs. CMMI Process Improvement – for TFS is the right starting point for your company, it helps to compare the work item types and its workflows. You can download the full guidance from: MSF for Agile Software Development Process Guidance MSF for […]

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Adding TFS tools to your path environment variable

January 8th, 2009 · No Comments · TFS Clients, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

For easier access to the various command line tools of TFS you can add the necessary directories to your %PATH% environment variable. Paths to add (on a TFS client) Drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE Paths to add (on a TFS) Drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server\TF SetupDrive:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation […]

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Q: How do I disable the Team Members feature of TFPT?

January 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Team Explorer, TFS Administration, TFS Clients, TFS Tips and Tricks

A: You can disable it from the options dialog, however this does not remove it entirely (as described here). To turn it off completely you need to additonally set the following value in the registry: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\TeamFoundation\PowerTools TeamTrackerHidden = True (Thanks to Bill Essary from Microsoft for this tip) You can download a ready to use […]

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Installing & Configuring Team Foundation Client (aka Team Explorer)

January 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Screen Galleries, Team Explorer, Team Foundation Server, TFS Administration, TFS Clients, TFS Installation and Configuration

Caution: Make sure to carefully read the Installation Guide before installing this software. What do I need it for? Access to TFSNote: A plain Visual Studio still needs Team Explorer to be able to talk to TFS. It installs: a tiny Visual Studio with only the “Team Explorer” in it if you don’t have Visual […]

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Workaround for TF30207 when creating a new team project and red X on Reports in Team Explorer

January 8th, 2009 · No Comments · TFS 2008 SP1, TFS Administration, TFS Installation and Configuration

Problem description: You can’t create new team projects. You see a red X on Report in Team Explorer, which you are sure is not related to permission issues (as described here). Using tfsadminutil.exe configureconnections /view you discover that the ReportServerUri looks similar to: http://myTFS/ReportService.asmx It should look something like: http://myTFS/ReportServer/ReportService.asmx Cause: What happened? Looking at […]

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