Buck Hodges

Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS and Team Foundation Server)

Hidden gem in TFS 2010: How to rollback a changeset with tf rollback

[UPDATE 8/8/11]  The TFS 2010 power tools now provide rollback in the UI as described here. Tonight Justin and I spoke to the Minnesota Visual Studio User Group.  It was completely unscripted, and we had a great time answering questions and telling a few stories (can you name the original code names for version control, work item ...

TFS 2010 SP1: Unknown error (0x80005000) (type COMException) – Make sure IIS 6 compat mode is turned on

[Update 3/16/11]  There is a KB article with TFS 2010 SP1 installation troubleshooting should you hit problems: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2516423. Problem A customer ran into this issue, and I want to post it to help anyone else who hits it.  The symptom is that you install Service Pack 1 for Team Foundation Server 2010, and ...

The book to buy on team build: Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build, Second Edition

If you are responsible for work with your team’s build system, you will definitely want to buy a copy of Inside the Microsoft Build Engine: Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build (Second Edition).  Both of the authors now work for Microsoft.  William Bartholomew is part of the central engineering team and has been building the ...

Web projects and team build

Vishal Joshi, lead program manager for web platform tools, has a great blog covering using various project types with Team Foundation Build.  Here’s a selection of his posts on using team build, which I highly recommend if you are working with web projects. Technorati Tags: team foundation,build,web projects,team ...

Code metrics command line tool

[UPDATE 3/24/12]  You can find a real code metrics activity here as part of the Community TFS Build Extensions. Cameron Skinner has announced a new command line tool for generating code metrics.  We’ve long gotten requests to be able to generate code metrics from the build.  Prior to this tool, code ...

How to convert a branch back to a regular folder

In an effort to remove a small amount of complexity from the UI, we have the command to convert a branch back to a folder appear only under the main menu and not in the right click menu.  The way to convert a branch back to a regular folder is to do the following. Why would you want to do this?  The reason would be ...

How to figure out whether a change has made it to another branch

[UPDATE 11/5/12] I wanted to add that when using either the hierarchy view or the track changeset view, you can use Ctrl-C when the window has focus to get an image of it copied to the clipboard rather than having to use a screenshot tool. One of the great features in TFS 2010 is the ability to track changesets across branches. A prime ...

Reports to show you what’s happening with the TFS warehouse and cube

Grant has posted a set of reports that help you understand what’s going on in the TFS warehouse and cube in Team Foundation Server 2010 so that you can deal with issues such as field collisions, which can be very tedious to handle since out of the box we don’t provide easy ways to figure it out.  His post includes an attached ...