Useful TFS Links

I have just finished delivering a Team Foundation Course today, and we had some great discussions around TFS Administration, upgrading, adoption etc. As usual, there is a whole pile of questions that...

Tech Ed Berlin Links

On the Tech Ed Berlin VS2010 Ultimate booth, we fielded a wide range of questions about Visual Studio and TFS. We used a few web pages to help with the discussions, and the most visited ones are belo...

Exporting all work items from all team projects

Somebody asked me a simple question the other day: “how do I export all of my work items at once”. I suspected they were looking to perform a backup, but it sounded like they might want t...

Custom Check-in Policy for Exactly One Work Item

Out of the box, Microsoft has a Work Items check-in policy which requires you to select at least one work item when checking in your code in TFS 2008. If you install the Team Foundation Server Power ...

Changing the licensed to user in Visual Studio 2008

If you’re like me, then you don’t pay attention when you install a lot of software. Often times I just click Next > Next > Finish without reading the screens. For example, I guess I wasn’t paying att...

Everybody Lies

I was at a client site last month where they have TFS2008SP1 installed and running on Windows Server 2008 SP1. Everything was working fine. We created several team projects. No problems. I come back ...

Deploying GDR (R2) Databases

As I was explaining how the Build > Deploy process is radically different this week, a question came up about licensing restrictions around the vsdbcmd.exe command-line utility that ships with the...

Inside the Microsoft Build Engine

There has been a vacuum of really good, actionable information on MS Build and Team Foundation Build for developers. I’m pleased to report that this is no longer the case! Inside the Microsoft Build ...