October 2009 - Posts
Team Foundation Server 64bit Installation – First Impression
This was FAST! and yes 64Bit operation system is supported.
The Basic \ Standard installation took 45min, not question ask!
TFS 2010 Server Licensing , Compatibility Matrix for 2010 Beta 2 to Team Explorer 2008 and 2005
TFS 2010 Server Licensing
With the the new 2010 Beta 2 version comes new licensing program for 2010.
Team Foundation Server has three installation choices - Basic, Advanced and Custom. You will be able to install this either on your client machine (very similar to client side SCM such as VSS) or on a server machine just like TFS 2008.
For small teams that need only core development features such as source control, bug tracking, and build automation, TFS Basic offers a simple, streamlined install and runs on server or client machines.
You get additional features in TFS Basic of being able to use SQL Server Express 2008 rather than regular SQL Server 2008, though you are free to point Basic at an existing SQL server (default is to install SQL Server Express or reuse it if already installed), and you get the feature of being able to install on a client OS (Win7 or Vista).
TFS Basic has no users limitation (like workgroup), You can have as many users as you like, so long as users 6 through N have TFS CALs.
Team Foundation Server will also be available in retail for around $500 USD and will include a license term allowing up to five (5) named users without CALs to use Team Foundation Server.
To grow to more than five users, simply buy CALs for the new users. This enables small teams of five or fewer to get up and running on Team Foundation Server for as little as $500 USD.
Of course having Visual Studio 2010 with MSDN means you can get Team Foundation Server up and running at no additional cost.
TFS Basic is not a separate download. It’s just a choice in the TFS configuration wizard. So to get TFS Basic, you download the regular Team Foundation Server installation, either 32-bit or 64-bit,and then run setup.exe.
Historical Debugger Is Now –> IntelliTrace And Much More
After getting a fresh copy of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, I was dying to see the amazing IntelliTrace feature.
You know IntelliTrace as Historical Debugging, but consider HD as the code name.
In previous post about Visual Studio 2010 – Historical Debugging you can see how to configure the debugger and how to run it.
Here is couple of new improvements in Beta 2:
To move in the recording to a particular source line or method, right click on the line or somewhere in the method, and in the context menu, you'll see two new menu choices as shown below.
Once you've opened a .TDLOG file, it's not completely obvious what you need to do to look through it. The summary page will show the thread running time as well as tables at the bottom for other information.
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Installation First Look
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Beta 2 Available For MSDN Subscribers and here is couple of screenshots of Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta 2.
Compatibility Matrix for 2010 Beta 2 to Team Explorer 2008 and 2005
I heard this question so many times :
Q: Can I work with VS 2008 and have TFS2010? and what will be available?
A: Yes you can, just download VSTS 2008 Forward Compatibility Update
Forward compatibility update is an update for the 2008 SP1 version of Visual Studio Team System Team Explorer and allows the 2008 SP1 version to work with the Team Foundation Server 2010. The update will allow teams to move forward and use the Team Foundation Server 2010 server even if part of the team continues to use the Team Explorer 2008 SP1 client.
Example 1: 2010 Team Foundation Server supports work item hierarchy. Older clients will be able to query, view and edit work items on a 2010 server but will not be able to view or change the hierarchy.
Example 2: Test results publishing has been improved with the 2010 server and older clients will be able to use the improved publishing as they were able to publish Test results previously
Installing the forward update will not give all the abilities of Visual Studio 2010 of course, but will be able to continue working with couple of the great features coming in Dev10.
Read the full article
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Beta 2 Available For MSDN Subscribers
It’s finally here!!!
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Beta 2 is available for msdn subscribers and with Go Live license.
And don’t worry if you don’t have MSDN subscription, I’ll write about everything in my blog.
Implementing a WIX installer that calls the GDR version of VSDBCMD.EXE
Duke Kamstra just post a great article about WIX and DB Dude.
One of the cool things that shipped with the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR (aka the GDR) is the command line utility VSDBCMD.EXE. By using this utility, you can take the artifacts created by building a Database Project and deploy them to a database instance. If the database doesn’t exist on the instance of SQL Server, it will be created. If the database does exist, it will be altered to look like the source code in your project.
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SourceSafe Users Get Ready To Say – Bye Bye!
Microsoft looks to move SourceSafe users to newer technology
The company will offer a special installation option for Team Foundation Server ALM platform as it winds down Visual SourceSafe support…..
"We see TFS as the successor to SourceSafe," said Brian Harry, who holds the title of technical fellow at Microsoft. The Basic Installation option would be featured as part of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010.
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Any question about Team System 2010, feel free to contact me
VSTS 2010 - New Test Case Format, What About The MHT Files?
With Visual Studio 2008 we were able to create Test Cases using MS Word (MHT File), that means we need to rewrite all our Test Case to fit 2010 Format?
The answer is NO, Open the MHT document and select the “Description” and “Expected” columns and click “Copy”.
After that open Visual Studio 2010m create new Test Case and paste the Test Case.
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Going Live with TFS Beta 2
Brain Harry just post about TFS Beta 2
Beta 2 is the first pre-release with “GO-LIVE” license, now it’s closer than ever!!!
TFS Beta 2 is just around the corner and it's going to be the first pre-release with a "go-live" license. This means that we'll support customers putting it into production and we'll ensure upgrades from Beta 2 to RTM work so you don't lose any data.
More About Directed Graph Markup Language ( DGML )
In my last post about Introduction to Directed Graph Markup Language ( DGML ) were very popular and so here is more about DGML
This is the default namespace of DirectedGraph element - http://schemas.microsoft.com/vs/2009/dgml.
There are number of attributes that is supported for this element, helping you to design the DGML.
For example : Background (Change background color) and GroupDirection(TopToBottom,BottomToTop,LeftToRight,RightToLeft)
The link element is probably the most important one that relays on Nodes and links between nodes.
Here is couple example of link attributes usage.
Using Category you can specify different style for category and define each link the right category.