3 01, 2014

Configure Release Management for Visual Studio 2013

By | 2014-01-03T10:18:49+00:00 January 3rd, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Release Management, Release Management, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2013|26 Comments

In this post, I’m going to walkthrough how to set up Release Management for the first time. This will include installing and configuring the Release Management Server, the Release Management Deployment Agent, creating an environment, and deploying our favorite application from Microsoft, Tailspin Toys. Release Management Server Much like the installers for the rest of [...]

3 06, 2013

Load Testing with Team Foundation Service

By | 2013-06-03T11:57:58+00:00 June 3rd, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

Load Testing with Team Foundation Service was announced today at TechEd North America and on Brian Harry’s blog in his Visual Studio 2013 post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2013/06/03/visual-studio-2013.aspx. This is a new service that can be thought of as “cloud load testing.” The new service will now enable teams to perform load testing on their apps without having [...]

22 05, 2013

Handling Strange Work Item Field Friendly Names after a TFS 2012 Upgrade

By | 2013-05-22T11:00:07+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Team Foundation Server|2 Comments

After upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2012, you may find some fields that have unexpected friendly names. For instance, System.VSTS.Common.BacklogPriority field may have a friendly name of “Backlog Priority – Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2_2” instead of the expected (and out-of-the-box) “Backlog Priority”. This isn’t a bug, but the way that Microsoft handles conflicts when [...]

16 04, 2013

Git Integration with Visual Studio

By | 2013-04-16T16:13:14+00:00 April 16th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

There has been quite a bit of buzz around the fact that integration with the popular distributed version control system Git has come to the Visual Studio stack. Northwest Cadence will be giving a one hour webcast with MSDN to talk about this specific integration. There are three main integration points along the Visual Studio stack [...]

10 04, 2013

Enable Feedback support for users in Team Foundation Server 2012

By | 2013-04-10T11:00:45+00:00 April 10th, 2013|Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 11|1 Comment

You can enable Feedback support for users in Team Foundation Server 2012 very easily with a few simple permissions. This works great with Team Foundation Server and even better with Team Foundation Service.

4 12, 2012

Understanding the TFS Tabular Model

By | 2012-12-04T10:38:02+00:00 December 4th, 2012|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Practices, Process, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

We need to understand the tabular model – where the data comes from, how to edit the schema after you create it and how to create hierarchies. This section walks you through doing this in three of the main tables – Date, Team Projects and Work Items. This post will conclude with a discussion and walkthrough of the work item measures.

4 12, 2012

Replacing the Team Foundation Server Cube with a Tabular Model

By | 2012-12-04T10:37:58+00:00 December 4th, 2012|Practices, Process, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

The goal of this project is to rebuild, as faithfully as possible, the Tfs_Analysis cube in a tabular model for use with Power View or Excel or any other reporting tool which can connect to SQL Server Analysis Services.

18 09, 2012

Should You Upgrade or Migrate to TFS 2012?

By | 2012-09-18T11:34:29+00:00 September 18th, 2012|Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 11|0 Comments

Now that Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS 2012) has been released, it is time to start planning and thinking about upgrading. Why, might you ask, do I need to upgrade? The new features alone are reason enough. Here at Northwest Cadence we have had the opportunity to work with TFS 2012 over the last few [...]

17 09, 2012

Change starts with Deployment Planning Services

By | 2012-09-17T08:45:39+00:00 September 17th, 2012|Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 11|0 Comments

Since joining Northwest Cadence, I have had the privilege to work with many clients that are evaluating the tools, process, and practices that they use to manage their software development. Many of our clients have used their Developer Tools - Deployment Planning Services (DT-DPS) available through their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) to help with this [...]