TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Entries Tagged as 'VSTS'

Hotfix KB 971092 for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 install problems

July 29th, 2009 · 33 Comments · Troubleshooting TFS, VSTS

Applies to: Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (KB971092) Symptoms: The update installs successfully and but will be offered again by Windows Update as a new update. This can be repeated indefinitely. or the standalone installer tells you that this update "does not apply, or is blocked by another condition on […]

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TSWA: Report view not showing all work items

June 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Team System Web Access (TWA), TFS 2008 SP1, TFS Installation and Configuration, VSTS

If you have more than 100 work items in a query and you use Tools » Report View to prepare the list for printing you might notice that not all work items are shown on the report. Here’s what Hakan Eskici, the father of Web Access, has to say about this: There’s a limit to […]

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Naming Restrictions for Team Foundation Server

June 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS 2008, TFS Administration, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

If you ever had questions like: How long is the team project’s name allowed to be? How many levels may an work item area hierarchy have? Which characters are allowed in build type names? What is the maximum supported size for work item attachments? Those are answered by the MSDN topic: Naming Restrictions for Team […]

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Setup up an e-mail notification on other user’s check-ins

March 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS Clients, TFS Project Portal and Team Communication, TFS Tips and Tricks, VSTS

Open Alerts Editor (required TFS Power Tools to be installed locally). Create new alert. Choose “Check-In of a specific file happens”:    Enter a name for the alert subscription, the destination e-mail address, desired team project name ($/Teamproject), if applicable, as well as your account name (to be excluded). The “Filter Expression” (2nd tab) looks […]

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Tool for creating direct links to TSWA

March 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Downloads, Team System Web Access (TWA), TFS Tips and Tricks, TFS Work Item Tracking, Tools and Utilities, VSTS

Buck Hodges from Microsoft blogged about all the possible links you can construct to point to TSWA pages. For example the following URL opens the Work Item Editor: Open the existing work item with ID 1234: http://mytfs:8090/wi.aspx?id=1234 To make it simple I created a small tool that helps you construct those URLs in an easy […]

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Security Update for TSWA 2008 SP1

January 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Issues and Hotfixes, Team Foundation Server, Team System Web Access (TWA), TFS 2008 SP1, VSTS

From Hakan Eskici’s blog: A security issue has been identified with Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 and we have recently published an update that fixes it. Installation Notice Please note that this is a full release, so you will need to uninstall any existing versions of Web Access before installing this update. Update: Instructions […]

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VSTS Whitepapers by Microsoft

January 26th, 2009 · No Comments · TFS 2005, TFS 2008, Training and Learning, VSTS

Planning Visual Studio Team System 2008 Licensing White Paper (pdf/xps/docx) Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide (pdf/book) Team System Web Access 2008 Scalability Limits White Paper (pdf/xps/docx) Installation, Configuration & Administration Team Foundation Installation Guide for Visual Studio Team System 2008 (chm) Administration Guide for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team […]

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How TFSDeleteProject Works

January 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, Team Foundation Version Control, TFS 2008 SP1, TFS Administration, TFS Installation and Configuration, VSTS

There are some areas where data may remain behind after you use TFSDeleteProject. The TFS Warehouse is untouched. In order to remove the data from the warehouse, it must be rebuilt. (It is important to notice that, when the warehouse is rebuilt all the historic build data that has been trimmed from the system will […]

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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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