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  • Installing Team Edition(s) on your Team Foundation Build server

    It's generally known that if you want to run any tests, code analysis, or database project build/deployment that you need to install one or more Team Edition of VSTS on your build server. What's not so well known are the licensing ramifications around these scenarios.

    Fortunately Jeff Beehler, Team System Chief of Staff, has posted on this subject.

    To summarize:

    If the users creating the builds are licensed users of the edition in question (or Team Suite), that license extends to Team Foundation Build and you don't need to purchase an additional license. One way to think about it is: the people that are using the Team editions need to be properly licensed which in turn ensures the that the build machines are covered as well. Users who merely queue (execute) and review the automated builds are only required to have a Team Foundation Server CAL.

  • Creating and Customizing TFS Reports

    I just came across this download at Microsoft. It provides an introduction to the concepts and step by step instructions for creating and customizing TFS reports.

    The zip file contains instructional PDF documents as well as several sample reports.

  • TFS Operations Guidance

    Thanks to the Team System Rangers (an elite squad of TFS experts inside Microsoft) for putting together this document, which serves as a single point of entry into the world of TFS Operations as well as Microsoft's recommended operational best practices.


    So, start learning/mastering TFS operations by clicking here.

  • VSTS Web Access Power Tool - CTP released

    Microsoft has released a new version of VSTS Web Access Power tool. This release is a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of what will ultimately be the 2008 version of the VSTS Web Access Power Tool.

    • Built against the TFS 2008 object model - In previous versions of Web Access you had to install Team Explorer 2005 on any machine you were installing Web Access on. With this version, you will now be installing Team Explorer 2008 instead. In some future version, Microsoft hopes to remove the requirement to install any version of Team Explorer.
    • Custom control support - added support for web based work item custom controls and have included a folder of documentation and samples on how to create them.
    • Build queuing - added UI for the new TFS 2008 feature of build queuing. You can start new queued builds and view the build queue (in addition to the preexisting abilities - like viewing build details).
    • Localization support - added support for localizing the web interface. Microsoft will also be localizing text for the final 2008 Power Tool release.
    • Bug fixes & Performance improvements - Microsoft has received a number of reports and done more testing on the current version of the Power Tool, and has fixed everything thus far.

    This release (and the final 2008 release) can be used with either a TFS 2005 or a TFS 2008 server.  In either case, you will need to install a TFS 2008 Team Explorer on the machine you install Web Access on. Since TFS 2005 did not support build queuing, that functionality will not be available when this and future versions of Web Access are used with a 2005 server.


    You can download it here and read more about it at Brian Harry's blog posting.

  • Microsoft P&P Releases Team Development with Team Foundation Server Guide

    Microsoft's Patterns & Practices group recently released the final version of the “Team Development with Team Foundation Server” Guide. This guide has been in beta for the last couple of months.


    It shows you how to get the most out of Team Foundation Server to help improve the effectiveness of your team-based software development. Whether you are already using Team Foundation Server or adopting from scratch, you’ll find guidance and insights you can tailor for your specific scenarios. It's a collaborative effort between patterns & practices, Team System team members, and industry experts.


    Some quick facts:

    • 496 – Total number of pages
    • 18 – Total number of chapters in this guide
    • 11392 – Total number of downloads of the Beta version of this guide
    • 8 – Number of attempts to get the Adobe build to work to generate the guide in .pdf format
    • 60 – Number of external and MSFT contributors and reviewers

    Download the guide from CodePlex.

  • TFS Migration & Synchronization Tool For ClearCase Released

    Yesterday, Microsoft released a tool to migrate from IBM ClearCase to TFS.

    Find more information on TFS migration topics, keep an eye on this blog.

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