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Microsoft Acquires TeamPlain!

Today we are announcing that Microsoft has acquired DevBiz Business Solutions, the makers of the popular TeamPlain Web Access for Team System.  TeamPlain is a web front end for VSTS that enables users to access the majority of TFS functionality from within a Web browser.  The focus of TeamPlain is on work item tracking but it also ...

New Guidance on TFS

Check out the newly released guidance that the Patterns and Practices team has been working on for TFS: http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2007/03/26/vsts-guidance-project-update.aspxIt includes: Brian...
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SD West and the Jolt Awards

On Monday of this week I was in San Jose at the SD West conference to give a keynote.  I'm told that a couple of years ago we (Microsoft) gave a "marketing" keynote and the audience was extremely dissatisfied.  So I went in with a very different approach.  I did a talk on our experiences building TFS, a high scale enterprise ...
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TFS Branching Guidance

We get lots of questions about how to organize version control in TFS, particularly around branching.  We've wrtten a white paper describing branching approaches and best practices.  A lot of this is based on who we do it internally.  Jeff wrote a longer article on it than I'm planning to so I'll just point you at his blog ...
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TFS 2005 & SQL Server 2005 SP2

I've gotten a bunch of questions lately about whether or not TFS works with SQL SP2.  I confirmed today that all of our Microsoft production instances of TFS (about 15 of them) are running SQL 2005 SP2.  So I have pretty darned solid confirmation that it works well. Just wanted you to know in case you were wondering :) Brian...
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Free TeamPrise License for CodePlex users

It's great to see that TeamPrise has announced availability of a free license of their Eclipse and Unix/Mac TFS clients for accessing CodePlex.  This will expand the breadth of people who can conveniently participate in and contribute to CodePlex projects!  http://www.woodwardweb.com/teamprise/000339.html Brian...
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Orcas Dogfood Upgrade – I/O Statistics Delayed

We got some I/O statistics on Friday night.  Unfortunately it was not what I was looking for.  The version control drives were omitted from the collection and there was much less sproc analysis than I expected.  The ops team is going back to replan what analysis they are going to do and will try again.  I'll let you know ...

Orcas Dogfood Upgrade – CPU Utilization

I think we've got enough data now that we can put a stake in the ground about where we stand on CPU utilization improvements.  We've still got a bit more tuning and improvements to make but it's probably within 10% of where it will turn out. We've made less progress investigating the regressions this week than I expected - too many other ...

March DevDiv Dogfood Statistics

Time for the monthly installment again :)  I've been swamped lately and not able to make progress on my "Managing Quality" series.  I'll get back to that shortly. This is the first monthly dogfood statistics update since the upgrade of the DevDiv dogfood server on 3/3.  So, it’s going to be a bit longer than usual. Monday was ...

Dogfood Server Upgrade – End of Week 1

The first week of the Orcas Dogfood server upgrade will end today.  It's been a fantastic (if hectic) week.  After the initial spate of issues we hit Monday, it quieted down pretty quickly.  We got the significant issues fixed on Tuesday and have been making small performance patches all week.  We're down to the last half ...

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