Top stories from the VSTS community – 2017.12.08

Willy-P. Schaub

Here are top stories we found in our streams this week related to DevOps, VSTS, TFS and other interesting topics.


  • DevTest Labs, Artifacts, WinRM, and Network settings – Wouter de Kort In this blog post I’ll show you an easy way to configure PowerShell remoting (WinRM) on your machines and share some networking knowledge that I learned while doing that.
  • Azure ARM VS Code extension – Ed Elliott Get the ability to test arm template functions locally so you can test any scripts in the templates without having to deploy them.
  • PS Script Get All Team Projects Listed as HTML–TFS/VSTS – Chaminda Chandrasekara You may want to sometimes satisfy the needs of your team, specially PMs, requesting already available information in document format. Here is a PowerShell script to generate the same list as HTML file with link to the relevant team project, if someone requested you to have it as a separate document.
  • Feature Flags Performance Testing – Geoff Gray & Danny Crone We wanted to see what impact using the flags would have on one of their VSTS Extensions (specifically the Roll-up board). This article describes the planning, execution and reporting for that testing.
  • Another task in VSTS/TFS – Max @ ObjectSharp I have released another task called Download and Extract File. Yes, I know it’s not very creative name, but it’s very descriptive. This task allows you to download a file from anonymous or authenticated sources and then extract it to the specified folder.
  • Rename TFS Team Project Collection databases – Pieter Gheysens When doing TFS migrations I’m often faced with mismatches between the name of the Team Project Collection and the underlying database file name. Instead of keeping track of which TPC is linked with a specific database file name, I recommend to keep the names aligned to avoid confusion.
  • TFS 2017 Build – Partially succeed a build – Hamid Shahid At times, there is a need to explicitly set a Team build’s result to be “Partially Successful”.
  • New SonarQube Tasks and SonarQube Endpoints in VSTS – Daniel van der Starre As you may have noticed, the out-of-the-box tasks for SonarQube within the Task Catalog of Visual Studio Team Services are deprecated.
  • #LearningVSTS – Let’s Play With My Profile – Mickey Gousset Let’s go see what kind of trouble I can get into here with some of My profile settings.
  • Tips and Tricks: User has Allow Delete work items, but no delete button on work item – Niel Zeeman The user in TFS/VSTS has all the rights enabled to delete work items. The problem is that when you open the work items the “Delete” button is missing, and you do not have the option to delete in query lists.
  • Regression Testing Advantages – Promoting Product Quality – Phil Edwards Regression testing advantages do outweigh the risks of not doing it. Regression testing promotes the improvement of the product quality, and it verifies that any modifications that have been done do not impact the core functions already tested and proven.
  • Work Around for .NET Framework 4.7 or a later update is already installed on this computer – Gordon Beeming I see this message most times I format my machines after opening existing projects in Visual Studio and I always forgot how I solve it – “… is targeting “.NETFramework, Version-v4.7″, which is not installed on this machine.”



  • Moving from Subversion to Git – Edward Thomson This video shows you how to migrate from Subversion to Git hosted by Visual Studio Team Services. image

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