Automatically merge work item type modifications into existing team projects – part 2

by Ewald Hofman 21. July 2009 03:38
When you are working in an enterprise that has a lot of team projects, it is hard to make generic modifications to the work item types. Imagine that you want to add a field to all work item types in all team projects, first in the staging environment, then in the production environment. This means a... [More]

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VSTS 2008 | Work items

Automatically merge work item type modifications into existing team projects – part 1

by Ewald Hofman 21. July 2009 03:09
Introduction When you are working in an enterprise that has a lot of team projects, it is hard to make generic modifications to the work item types. Imagine that you want to add a field to all work item types in all team projects, first in the staging environment, then in the production environment... [More]

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VSTS 2008 | Work items

Improve performance TSWA

by Ewald Hofman 16. July 2009 23:49
When teams are adopting Team System Web Access, they get stuck in a known issue in Team System Web Access. It allocates a lot of memory that is not freed up. So over time you can see error messages that cannot be explained. To improve the performance of your TSWA installation you can do the followi... [More]

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TSWA | VSTS 2008

Time Entry report

by Ewald Hofman 9. July 2009 00:55
A frequently heard complaint about using the time fields in the work item is that there is already another system in the organization to enter the working hours in. Using the time fields in the work item would mean a double time management system, which can be out of sync. To come around this, I cr... [More]

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Reporting | VSTS 2008

Clear the cache of TFS

by Ewald Hofman 6. July 2009 11:53
When there are problems that are related to source control or anything else with Team Explorer, the first step to resolve the issue is to clear the cache. You can do that by emptying the C:\Documents and Settings\[USER]\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Team Foundation\2.0\Cache folder on yo... [More]

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VSTS 2008

Recover security settings

by Ewald Hofman 3. July 2009 02:05
It is possible in Version Control to override the security settings per folder. To do that uncheck the "Inherit security settings" and you can add, modify and remove the permission. When you accidently remove all accounts from the list, then it is not possible to view the contents of the folder for... [More]

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Version Control | VSTS 2008

Do not create a work item when the build fails

by Ewald Hofman 1. July 2009 12:29
When you create a new build definition there is a step by default that will create a work item when the build fails. This work item is customizable, but there is also the possibility to not create a work item. To deactivate the work item creation on a build failure, add the following line to your pr... [More]

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Team Build

Force the TFS warehouse to rebuild

by Ewald Hofman 30. June 2009 06:39
The reporting warehouse for TFS is rebuild by default every hour. This is in normal situations accurate enough. However, when you are testing how your modifications to your TFS artiface will be represented in the reports, you want to force to rebuild the TFS warehouse. You can achieve that by openi... [More]

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Create Team Project failure

by Ewald Hofman 24. June 2009 22:47
When I created a Team Project under the same account as the TFS installation was performed, I was able to create a new team project. Unfortunately, I got an error message that I did not have enough rights: ---begin Exception entry---Time: 2009-06-23 09:28:24ZModule: WSSException Type: Microsoft.Te... [More]

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VSTS 2010

Upload SSRS report to all subfolders

by Ewald Hofman 16. June 2009 00:50
When you develop a new report for TFS and you want to deploy the report to all team projects, you have to do a lot of work to upload the file and to set the datasources. This post uses TFS 2008 and SQL Server 2005 There is an easy way to automate that. 1. Add the web service to Reporting Ser... [More]

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Reporting

Project Velocity calculation in VSTS 2010 Beta 1

by Ewald Hofman 2. June 2009 12:41
To calculate the project velocity, TFS summarizes all remaining work of all work item types in the iteration. Imagine you have a breakdown of work items, such as at the top level a User Story, which is broken down into Tasks. The project velocity should be calculated by summarizing the Remaini... [More]

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VSTS 2010

Add SSRS report as dashboard to sharepoint

by Ewald Hofman 2. June 2009 06:58
It is possible to add a SSRS report to your Project Portal. In this way you can create a nice dashboard on you portal home page. This dashboard can consist of multiple reports, or can vary for the different roles in your team. On the Site Actions menu, choose the Edit Page action Click on Add a ... [More]

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Reporting

Retrieve historical data in Iteration Backlog

by Ewald Hofman 28. May 2009 03:21
I have installed on Windows XP the Visual Studio 2010 Team System Beta 1. When playing around with the iteration Backlog workbook, I was unable to retrieve the Historical Data. The VB editor popup up with the following error. When looking at the references of the workbook, it was indicating ... [More]

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VSTS 2010

Automatically connect to TFS under another user account

by Ewald Hofman 21. May 2009 12:57
When you make a connection to TFS with the Team Explorer, it will try to connect with your current credentials to the TFS environment. There are two scenarios in which you want something else: 1) You current identity has no access to TFS and you are prompted for the credentials every time you make ... [More]

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General

TFS 2010 Beta 1 installation

by Ewald Hofman 19. May 2009 05:43
Since a few days, the first beta of TFS 2010 is released. The installation went very smooth. Microsoft has put a lot of effort in the installation experience of TFS. I choose the run Default Configuration wizard. At my installation on Windows Server 2008 there were some caveats: 1) The Readiness C... [More]

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VSTS 2010

Report on Work breakdown in TFS

by Ewald Hofman 13. May 2009 15:32
Introduction In Team Foundation Server 2005 and 2008 it is possible to define links between work items. By doing this, you can imply a work breakdown for your project. This work breakdown is not explicit, since these links are not hierarchical. Therefore is the only report in TFS that does somethin... [More]

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Reporting | Work items

Work item query as input for a RS report

by Ewald Hofman 11. May 2009 15:17
When you want to create a report that contains detailed data, not all fields are in the TFS warehouse. Think of text fields like description, how to reproduce, and so on. To be able to add these fields to your report, you have to write a web service that reads from a Work Item Query. This web servic... [More]

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Work items

Bulk edit work items in TFS

by Ewald Hofman 11. May 2009 14:51
Past days several times I got the question from customers how to update multiple work items at once. In Visual Studio this is not possible, but you can do it within Excel, MS Project  and Team System Web Access. Excel and MS Project In Excel or MS Project you can get the work items from a wor... [More]

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File a request or bug at Microsoft

by Ewald Hofman 7. May 2009 23:38
Whenever you encounter a bug or have a feature request for Visual Studio, you can post it at Visual Studio Connect.

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Initial values in a work item

by Ewald Hofman 6. May 2009 04:50
With the introduction of TFS 2008 SP1 it is possible to prefill the values when you create a new work item in Team System Web Access (TSWA) and Work Item Web Access (WIWA). You can achieve this by adding the value intial values for the fields of the work item in the url. http://Server:Por... [More]

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Work items

Reset Visual Studio

by Ewald Hofman 5. May 2009 12:26
In Visual Studio you might experience a red cross in the documents or reports folder, while other users don't have the issue.   When this occurs you can resolve the issue by resetting Visual Studio. Be aware that when you start the reset all user settings are reset too. To work around this, y... [More]

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