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Inside the Microsoft Build Engine: Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build


"The build process is when code gets assembled to see how well it works, this is a critical step in software development.  Developers had few options for customizing the build process before Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008, but the Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) enables developers to customize each step during the build process.  […]

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TFS 2008 – HP Quality Center (QC) Connector


Allows Quality Center 9.2 users to synchronize their Defects with Work Items in TFS 2008.  This synchronization can be performed interactively with a Windows (GUI) application or as a background task (running as a service).  The Connector is built on the TFS Synchronization Toolkit and is available for download from Microsoft Connect. The Connector itself […]

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New Visual Studio Team System 2008 Virtual Machines Posted


  Now you can get VMs for either Virtual PC 2007 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 or for Hyper-V.  All the images have been updated and there are four (4) to choose from and they don’t expire until December 31st, 2009! The images contain: the latest virtual machine additions or integration services components all of […]

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SharePoint Application Lifecycle Management or SPALM for short


This is a project on CodePlex which demonstrates the capabilities of a SharePoint Software Factory.  It is an extension for both Visual Studio 2005 and 2008. To use the software factory you must install the following packages: Microsoft Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) – February 2008 Release Microsoft Guidance Automation Extensions for Visual Studio 2008 and […]

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TFS 2008 Branching Guide 2.0 Released on CodePlex


  This project is the result of a collaborative effort by VSTS Rangers (special group with members from the VSTS Product Team and Microsoft Services) in cooperation with VSTS MVPs, Microsoft Services, and the VSTS Product Team. TFS Branching Guide Release 2.0 (Posted Dec 19th, 2008)   TFS Branching Guide – Main 2.0 This is […]

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Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Management Pack for System Center Operations Management 2007


  Overview The Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2008 Management Pack monitors exposed services of TFS. This management pack includes event rules and monitors. It is designed to proactively monitor quality and availability of TFS services and even automate recovery in some scenarios. Feature Summary Auto discovery of TFS components Leverages ASP.NET MP and SQL MP […]

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Come and spend a few minutes at the Team System Café


  The Team System Café is a centralized place that aggregates and showcases the latest information concerning Visual Studio Team System, Team Foundation Server, Expression Blend, and community events. The website is hosted by Randy Pagels a Developer Technology Specialist at Microsoft.   Some come and visit the café. Technorati Tags: Microsoft Visual Studio Team […]

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October 2008 TFS Power Tools Released!


This has got to be the biggest release of the power tools to date, so many features are in this release it definitely rates as a must have for any developers connected to a TFS repository. The following tools are installed with the tfpt.msi package: Command line tool (TFPT.EXE) Team Explorer IDE menu additions Build […]

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Team Development with Visual Studio Team System


Learn how to maximize your team productivity and efficiency with Visual Studio Team System 2008 and experience the integrated Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) with Team Foundation Server. You will be able to understand how these various collaboration tools, processes, in VSTS, can help your team to work more effectively and deliver better quality software on […]

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