Buck Hodges

Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS and Team Foundation Server)

Installing an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2008 and extending the evaluation period

More than a year ago, I posted a reference to Jeff Atwood's post on extending the evaluation period for Windows Vista.KB article 948472 describes the process for Windows Server 2008 and includes instructions on installing an evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 from the standard media as well has how to set up a recurring task in Windows ...

TFS 2008 SP1: New setting to delete a build without deleting the build label

We've heard from a few customers that they would prefer not to have the build labels deleted when builds are deleted.  In Team Foundation Server 2008 SP1 we added a feature to control whether build labels are deleted when the build is deleted.  This feature is really a stop-gap measure, and it changes the behavior for build deletion ...

TFS Build 2010: Build summary screen shots

The build summary view (sometimes called the build report) in TFS 2005 and 2008 leaves a lot to be desired.  We wanted to rework it in TFS 2008 but lacked the time.  Well, we've completely revamped it for TFS 2010. Chris Burrows has posted screen shots he captured from Jim Lamb's interview and screencast on TFS Build 2010 (it's ...

MSBuild Extensions Pack now available

Mike Fourie has released the first version of MSBuild Extensions Pack on CodePlex.  This is a great collection of quality tasks for MSBuild that you can also use in Team Foundation Build. The MSBuild Extension Pack is the successor to the FreeToDev MSBuild Tasks Suite and provides a collection of over 170 MSBuild tasks designed for the...

Pre-checkin validation tool for Team Foundation Build 2008: TFS Check-in Validation Tool

Mohammad Jalloul, a developer on the Developer Division Engineering team, has released a new tool on CodePlex called TFS Check-in Validation Tool.  This tool provides the ability to have a checkin validating by a build prior to being checked in.  This is similar to a feature in TFS 2010 called Gated Checkin, which is integrated into ...

Improving the performance of the work item tracking client with TFS 2008 SP1

Martin Woodward has written a great post that describes a feature that was added in TFS 2008 SP1 to reduce the amount of work item tracking metadata cached by the client.  Depending on the number of team projects on your server and the number of fields and rules used by all work item types, this could result in a nice performance gain, ...

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