TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Entries Tagged as 'TFS Tips and Tricks'

Specifying a user upfront or: How is the developer supposed to know who will be the responsible tester?

January 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS Process Customization, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

In a small team this sounds like oversize, but in mid-sized large teams it’s common that you do not know who is going to be the tester. Looking at the Bug workflow from MSF Agile: while "Active" the project lead decided if and when the bug is going to be fixed and assigns it to […]

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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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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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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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Q: How can I exclude a file from code churn?

October 12th, 2008 · No Comments · Team Foundation Version Control, TFS Reporting, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

A: You can change it’s encoding in version control to Binary. Background: The code churn value used by TFS report, like the Quality Indicators report, might not make any sense to you if files this value includes some specific files, like auto-generated files, that were not created/edited by humans. Disadvantages: Comparing binary files in the […]

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VS & TFS SP1 – What to apply on which machine

October 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS 2008 SP1, TFS Administration, TFS Clients, TFS Installation and Configuration, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

Often the questions is raised which service pack applies to which VSTS/TFS component: Machine TFS SP1 VS SP1 TFS single server /TFS Application Tier Yes Yes, if Visual Studio is installed.Install this prior to TFS SP1. TFS Data Tier No No Team System Web Access (on separate machine) No Yes TFS Build Server Yes Yes, […]

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A very Basic Process Template to start with

October 7th, 2008 · No Comments · Downloads, Team Foundation Server, TFS Administration, TFS Tips and Tricks, TFS Work Item Tracking, Work Item Customization

If you want to start small with your team project you might consider the “Basic Process Template” instead of the built-in MSF Agile and MSF CMMI process templates. It can find on MSDN. From the description: The basic process template includes: one work item type: bug, three queries: AllWorkItems, MyWorkItems, and MyWorkItemsAllTeamProjects, a basic Windows […]

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