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How to backup the TFS 2012 databases
Team Foundation Server Backups - You need to install the ‘Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Update xx Power Tool’ on the application-tier for Team Foundation Server. The tool can schedule backups for the following databases that your deployment of Team Foundation Server uses: the configuration database the database for each team project collection the databases that Team Foundation Server uses in conjunction with SharePoint Products, if your deployment includes integration with SharePoint ......

Posted On Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:28 PM

TFS - Get List Of Software Installed On Build Agent
Introduction It is common for your code projects to reference Microsoft or Non Microsoft SDKs, this requires that the build agents has the SDK’s installed. It is also natural that some of your projects may have a hard dependency on the version of the SDK. For example, some of your projects may only compile with Azure 1.6 SDK. The absence of the required SDK may cause your builds to fail. I tend to use the TFS Service cloud Build Service a lot, a list of software installed on the provisioned build ......

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2013 11:10 PM

Visual Studio 2012 Set Default Target Framework to DotNET4
First time you create a new project in Visual Studio 2012 the target framework is set us .NET 4.5. A lot of the fellow developers end up creating the project in .NET4.5 in accident. Figure 1 – Default target framework in the new project window is .NET Framework 4.5 In this blog post, I’ll show you how to tweak the registry to default the target framework to .NET 4 just to avoid accidently creating projects in .NET 4.5. WARNING: This solution is neither recommended nor supported by Microsoft. Editing ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:20 PM

Configure Outlook as the TFS SMTP client
In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use as the SMTP client for your TFS. Figure 1 – Email Alert Settings for as a SMTP client for TFS When I was asking around for these settings in forums people questioned me why I would want to set up as the SMTP client for my corporate TFS server. Well the simple answer is, not every TFS installation has to be a corporate set up, I am sure people install stand alone TFS severs for R & D and Test purposes, would not want ......

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2013 6:17 PM

How to undelete files in TFS
Have you accidently deleted files from TFS and are looking at a way to undelete the file? You don’t have to undo your previous check in to get the files back, there is a simpler way. 01 – View Deleted items in Team Explorer Have you been wondering how you can view deleted items in Team Explorer? Well, go to tools, options, Source Control. From Visual Studio Team Foundation check ‘show deleted items in the Source Control Explorer’. 02 – Undelete files from TFS Simply right click the deleted file or ......

Posted On Monday, November 26, 2012 7:59 PM

VS2010 crashes when opening a vsp generated using VS 2012
I recently profiled some web applications using Visual Studio 2012, a vsp (Visual Studio Profile) file was generated as a result of the profiling session. I could successfully open the vsp file in Visual Studio 2012 as expected but when I tried to open the vsp file in Visual Studio 2010 the VS2010 IDE crashed. As a responsible citizen I raised bug # 762202 on Microsoft Connect site using the Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Feedback Client. Note – In case you didn’t already know, VSP generated in Visual ......

Posted On Saturday, September 15, 2012 11:29 AM

How to clear Visual Studio Team Explorer Cache
Switching between Team Project Collections sometimes messes up documents and reports and gives a red X next to both these artefacts in Team Explorer. I have run into this several times in the last couple of months and clearing the Visual Studio Team Explorer Cache seems to resolve the issue. If you are sure you are set up with all the right permissions then the first step troubleshooting step is tearing down the Visual Studio Team Explorer cache. Please try refresh the visual studio local cache using ......

Posted On Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:29 AM

Build Manager Extension–Scribe for Build Notes
Scribe - Test Scribe is a documentation power tool designed to construct documents directly from TFS for test plan and test run artefacts for the purpose of discussion, reporting etc. Scribe only works with Microsoft Test Manager, so if you needed to generate documentation for TFS Builds, what options do you have? You could potentially modify the Build Process template to generate report documentation as the build is executed or you could use the TFS data warehouse to extract data to create rich ......

Posted On Saturday, January 7, 2012 12:52 PM

TFS API–Release Notes From TFS Builds
Agile taught us to release early and release often, Agile also taught us to get the end user involved more frequently and directly. Goes without saying that release notes are an important part of any release. But what you don’t want to be doing is manually putting together the release notes with each frequent release you do. TFS lets you manage the application lifecycle with great ease & minimal administrative overhead, if your team is already checking in the code against work items and if you ......

Posted On Saturday, December 24, 2011 8:25 PM

TFS API-Process Template currently applied to the Team Project
Download Demo Solution - here In this blog post I’ll show you how to use the TFS API to get the name of the Process Template that is currently applied to the Team Project. You can also download the demo solution attached, I’ve tested this solution against TFS 2010 and TFS 2011. 1. Connecting to TFS Programmatically I have a blog post that shows you from where to download the VS 2010 SP1 SDK and how to connect to TFS programmatically. private TfsTeamProjectCollection _tfs; private string _selectedTeamProject; ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:29 PM

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