How to change build notification polling interval

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 29. January 2014 08:39

Solution:

You can override the polling interval by modifying the value in the windows registry. 

[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\TeamFoundation\Build\BuildNotification\Subscriptions]

(REG_SZ) PollingInterval = "00:02:00"

By default, polling interval is set to "00:02:30" or 2.5 minutes. Modifying this value will result in increased load on your TFS server

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Team Build

How to uninstall Visual Studio 2012?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 29. January 2014 06:28

Solution:

vs_ultimate.exe /uninstall /force

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Visual Studio 2012

How to trigger multiple build definition from a master build definition?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 21. January 2014 17:48

Solution:

The attached TFS build workflow (.XAML) can be used to trigger multiple build definition from a master build definition. Basically you can sequence multiple build definitions in one master build definition

TFSChainBuildTemplate.11.xaml (14.00 kb)

Reference

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Team Build

Clearing the default credentials cache for connecting to a Team Foundation Server

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 8. January 2014 12:08

Explanation:

Visual Studio/Team Explorer/MTM remembers your last credentials, So that you need not enter the login credentials everytime you connect to TFS. This will be a problem when you try to login as a different user.

Solution:

Perform the following steps to clear the credentials cache

  • Goto windows control panel --> "User Accounts" --> "Manage your credentials" 
  • Search for your TFS url in the list --> Expand the TFS url credentials in the list
  • click "Remove from vault" button 

  

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TFS

Test Plan/Suite Management through TFS 2013 web access

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 8. January 2014 10:14

Explanation:

You can now add Test Plan and Suite Management to the list of testing features available in Web Access.

Following are the tasks that can be done using web access

  • Create a test plan
  • Add/Create a test suite,static test suite and query-based test suite  
  • Add/Create test cases and Shared steps
  • test case execution
  • Status check after test case execution
  • Change the steps during execution

The differences between the local MTM and Web access is in the collection of diagnostic data (video, screenshots, IntelliTraace, code coverage). The collection of this data is only supported on a locally installed MTM

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MTM | TFS 2013 | Visual Studio 2013

How to query build controller and agent details in a collection database

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 2. January 2014 08:51

Solution:

SELECT a.ControllerId "Controller ID", a.DisplayName "Controller Name" , a.Status "Controller Status(1 - Active)",

b.AgentId "Agent ID", b.DisplayName "Agent Name", b.Status  "Agent Status(1 - Active)" FROM tbl_BuildController a , tbl_BuildAgent b where a.ControllerId = b.ControllerId

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TFS | TFS 2010 | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

How to fix the CA0053 error in Code Analysis in Visual Studio 2012?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 29. December 2013 06:45

Explanation:

You are opening a solution made in Visual Studio 2010 with VS 2012.  When you run Code Analysis you get a series of CA0053 errors, saying it is unable to load the rule sets from the Visual Studio 2010 directory

In the Error window you get an error message saying “Code Analysis detected errors.” And in the Code Analysis window you will get the “CA0053 Error running code analysis” with its “Unable to load rule assembly”.

This means the project is bound to Visual Studio 2010, where it should have been Visual Studio version independent. The absolute path to the Visual Studio 10 binaries is what causes the problem.

What has happened was that this certain VS2010 specific information was “inadvertently” introduced in SP1, and it has not been fixed in any later update. It does NOT happen if you run in Debug|x86 or Release|x86, but any other configuration you have added will give you this error.

Solution:

Tool to fix the errors available at http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/471da13b-d415-4a44-a4e9-a8222316b902

 

 

 

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Visual Studio 2010 | Visual Studio 2012

w3wp.exe process is missing after TFS app tier reboot

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 23. December 2013 11:12

Explanation:

w3wp.exe an Internet Information Services (IIS) worker process is a windows process which runs Web applications, and is responsible for handling requests sent to a Web Server for a specific application pool. W3wp.exe process will not be started automatically after App tier reboot or IIS restart or application pool restart. w3wp.exe will be launched once the first request is made to the TFS Application.

Solution:

1. Try accessing TFS application once http://tfs:8080/tfs. See whether the w3wp.exe is available in "Windows Task Manager" --> "Processes Tab"

2. You can configure Worker process started automatically by adding startMode attribute to TFS application pool to AlwaysRunning in your applicationHost.config

<applicationPools>

   <add name="Default App Pool" startMode="AlwaysRunning" />

</applicationPools>

Solution 2 will work for IIS 7.5 or newer

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TFS | TFS 2010 | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

Host Dormancy Concept in TFS

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 21. December 2013 13:44

Explanation:

Host Dormancy is a feature built-in to the 'kernel' of TFS that will pause jobs from running if a collection hasn't been accessed in a period of time. If a collection isn't being accessed, that means that the data isn't changing, so there's no need to run some jobs. This is key functionality that allows the Team Foundation Service to scale to thousands of collections.

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TFS

How to delete orphan workspaces and shelvesets from TFS team collection database?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 20. December 2013 07:17

Todeleteorphanworkspaces.sql (2.93 kb)

 

To delete orphan workspaces.sql (2.93 kb)

Explanation:

Deleting a team project through tfsdeleteproject command will result making the associated workspaces and shelvesets as orphan records in TFS collection database. The collection database size may not reduce as expected even after team project delete. 

tfsdeleteproject /force /q /excludewss /collection:"<Collection Name>" "<Project Name>"

Solution:

The attached script finds and deletes the workspaces\shelvesets that only have workspace\shelvesets mappings for projects that no longer exist and delete them. 

Please backup the collection database before you execute the script.

This script require TFS 2012 update 2 or newer

To delete orphan workspaces.sql (2.93 kb)

To delete orphan shelvesets.sql (2.58 kb)

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TFS | SQL Server

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