Buck Hodges

Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS and Team Foundation Server)

Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 2 supports 2010 Build Agents and Controllers

[UPDATE 9/26/13] TFS 2013 will include support for both TFS 2010 build agents and controllers and also TFS 2012 build agents and controllers. One of the changes we made in TFS 2012 for Update 2 was to support TFS 2010 build agents and controllers. This provides several major benefits. The first is the obvious one of not having to upgrade your...

Azure SDK 1.8 now available for build in Team Foundation Service

Brian wrote a post today about the version control web experience changes that were in today’s update. Today’s update also included Azure SDK 1.8 on the build VMs. I’ve seen quite a few folks asking for it, of course. One of the questions we get often is why we don’t have X in the build VMs. Some of Brian’s post ...

TFS 11 Beta upgrade: Existing workflows that have custom workflow activities using the TFS client OM

Duat, a developer on Team Foundation Build, has written a blog post on how to resolve post-upgrade issues with your build workflow if your 2010 build workflow uses custom workflow activities that use the TFS client object model. Your custom assemblies need update, or else, redirecting Loading your custom assemblies in the TFS 11 build ...

Running only impacted tests in TFS 2010 Build

Richard Hundhausen pointed out this blog post recently, and I thought I’d mention it here.  Rob Maher walks through the process of setting up a build definition to run only the tests that involve the code that was changed. TFS 2010 Build - Only run impacted tests If your tests take a long time to run, you may wish to only run ...

A tool to find duplicate copies in a build

As part of our builds, quite a few projects copy files to the binaries directory or other locations.  These can be anything from image files to test scripts.  To have our builds complete more quickly, we use the multi-process option (/maxcpucount) of msbuild to build projects in parallel. This all sounds normal, so what’s the ...

Ewald’s posts on TFS Build 2010

Ewald Hofman, an ALM MVP, has written a great series of blog posts on Team Build in Team Foundation Server 2010.  The 2010 release introduces Windows Workflow as the overall orchestrator of the build process.  Ewald walks you through quite a few topics related to this and the other new features.  Check it out...