Buck Hodges

Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS and Team Foundation Server)

How to detect whether Team Explorer is installed

On an internal list, the question of how to detect whether Team Explorer is installed came up.  I didn't know the answer, and I figure there are others that would like to know this.To detect Team Explorer, look for the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftVisualStudio8.0InstalledProductsTeam Explorer with a DWORD entry called ...

DIY: Running TFS using a named instance in SQL

The question about using a named instance with TFS has come up several times, and it came up again today on an internal mailing list.  As to why we don't support it in V1, Brian Harry states that it was the time to get it into setup and the additional testing that led to the decision to postpone it to a future version.However, for those ...

Using Outlook with RPC over HTTP is great

Not too long ago, I finally got around to configuring Outlook to use RPC over HTTP on my laptop and my desktop at home so that I can get to my work email more conveniently.  I love this feature and wish I had done it a lot sooner.  Outlook Web Access is great for places where you don't have your own computer, but ...

Licensing differences between TFS Workgroup Edition and TFS Standard Edition

Recently Ajay Sudan, Product Manager for VSTS, answered a question regarding some confusion over the differences between TFS Workgroup Edition and TFS Standard Edition.  Here is how he summed it up. TFS Workgroup Edition is not licensed on a Server/CAL model. This means CALs are not required when using the Workgroup Edition. For this ...

Update on the TFS source control provider for applications other than VS 2005 (MSSCCI provider)

Brian Harry has posted an update on the status of the TFS source control provider.  It's currently scheduled for release the week of April 3rd.Here is the list of applications tested.  There are more applications that support the MSSCCI provider model than we have resources to test, so he also requests your help in reporting issues ...