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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Changing Blogs

For anyone that reads my blog, I have decided to move it over to the site.
Please update your feed to as this will be my last post here at blogspot.

I am planning to move my VSTS content over but the bulk will stay here for archive purposes.

Thanks and see you over at my new blog.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

TFS Beta 3 SDK Coming Soon

For all you kids waiting to get your hands on TFS Beta 3 SDK, you have only got about 14 sleeps to go. Brian Harry puts out the word in the VSTS Forums.

Not long now.

Saturday, October 08, 2005


Today I received some great news. I found out that I have been awarded MVP for VSTS! This is a great honour for me and I want to thank the product team for my acceptance into the program.
Huge thanks to Dave Lemphers from the MS Melbourne office for my nomination and everyone else that put in a good word

I look forward to continue working with VSTS and extending my involvement with community in anyway I can, especially around the launch of Team Suite next month and Team Foundation Server early next quarter.

Thanks again!


Thursday, October 06, 2005

VS2003 playing with TFS

I have been wondering for a while how Team Foundation Server, in the future was going to play nicely with VS 2003, if at all. Eric Lee has posted some great info on this very subject. I suspect this will be an important issue for teams, especially in the initial migration phase from vs2003 to vs2005.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Beta 2 vs Beta 3

So what ARE the differences between Beta 2 and Beta 3 you might have asked yourself? Well ask no more. Brian has most of the answers.

Thanks for the heads up on that one Buck.

Bring on those power tools.

Friday, September 30, 2005

VSTSUG First Session

The first official (worldwide maybe?) VSTS user group has had its first session!! Thanks to all you who came to the inaugural Melbourne VSTS user group tonight. After initial introductions, the discussions we had covered off quite a few topics including general VSTS information, MSDN pricing structure with VSTS and David Lemphers, our local Microsoft evangelist, gave everyone a run through of the new Proxy Server functionality that was released in Team Foundation Server Beta 3. Dave also had some goodies to give out at the end of the night so big thanks go to you sir! All in all, a good first session.

We got some good ideas for specific content to present at our next session and I thank everyone again for their input. I will post up details on my blog and on the VSTSUG website about our next meeting for all who are interested.

Looking forward to seeing you all again and maybe some new faces at the next meeting. J

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Single TFS Install Up and Running

I have finally had a second or five to sit down again and get TFS running on a single virtual machine. I am glad to report that it is all up and running and with the VS2005 IDE and Team Explorer running on my laptop, it runs like a dream baby yeahhh….The only hurdles I had were the permission issues that I spoke of in my earlier post with the TFSSERVICE user and the TFSREPORTS logins. I did end up putting them into the local admin group on the virtual machine and hey presto, no more tears. Still not convinced that its good practice but at this stage, I will take this win and carry on. Future “gotta look at” I guess…..

So now I got single and duel server install covered which is great timing actually, with the Melbourne VSTS user group later today at 5.30pm. If anyone is having dramas with installation, we can go through the process and try and see if we can group diagnose common problems.

I am looking forward to catching up with everyone and talking up everything VSTS and whatever else we end up chattin’ about!

See ya there….

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


There are a lot of dev teams currently out there (big and small) that use VSS as part of their projects. If you are in one of those teams and are interested in (eventually) moving to VS 2005 and Team System, check out these from Akash. He is the source control converters for TFS man at MS. A bunch of great posts on using the VSS converter with Beta 3.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Beta 3: A win and a loss...

Finally had a chance yesterday to sit down and install TFS Beta 3 along with SQL CTP Sep and TS RC. I can definitely say there is a significant improvement to the once painful install process that the earlier CTP’s and Beta’s put us through. The documentation is very clear and easy to follow and it keeps the guess work down to an all time minimum. The new health check feature is a great addition and can potentially pick up any dependency problems before they happen.

Saying that though, my attempt at a single server TFS install was a bit of a flop. L

The main issue I was having came about after I had “successfully” installed TFS on the one virtual machine. At project creation stage, it was falling over when it was time to create the project portal. The error message was clearly stating that my login did not have appropriate access to create WSS sites and that I should be granted access from the Sharepoint Admin. My TFSSETUP user was an admin through and through so I narrowed it down to a permission issue with the TFSSERVICE account, as that is the app pool identity that WSS uses to do its thing.

David has posted a possible work around for the situation here but I am fairly sure that making the service account part of the admin group was one of the first things I tried.

These sorts of WSS security dramas haunted me with beta 2 on a single server install and it looks like they are back!! WSS not playing nicely when installed on a domain controller and such.

The “User Account Required for TFS Setup” section in the install guide mentions:
This account must be an administrator on Team Foundation Server computers.
TFSSERVICE - This account should not be an administrator on Team Foundation Server computers.
TFSREPORTS - This account should not be an administrator on Team Foundation Server computers.

The only way (so far) to get it up and running seems to be to do so. Dave is looking deeper into the whole account permission config issue and I will be joining him.

So anyway, after much hair pulling and much religious questioning, I decided to go my trusty duel server installation and it worked an absolute treat. My two virtual machines are configured the same as my Beta 2 install and it runs really well. Not a stack trace in sight. Yet…J.

Along with getting the single server experience chugging along, I’m hoping to get stuck in to Beta 3 in the next couple of nights so there should be plenty of talking points come (Shameless Plug J) Thursday, 5.30pm at the inaugural Melbourne VSTSUG session!

Also remember to check out the VSTS forums if you have any issues, questions, etc, on all things Team System. There is a bunch of stuff on TFS installation and configuration (Beta 2 and some Beta 3).

VSTSUG Numbers

If anyone is interested in coming along to this Thursday's meeting and haven't already let me know, could you please tell me or register here by Tuesday 27th September so I can finalise numbers for catering.

Much appreciated.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

It's here!

The wait is over..........

Go and get it!!