How to build Visual Studio 2012 later versions solution in TFS 2012 build environment?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 22. April 2016 09:07

Explanation:

You can build the Visual Studio 2012 later versions in TFS 2012 build environment by configurating the 'ToolPath' property in the TFS 2012 build xaml file.

Solution:

Open the TFS 2012 build xaml file with the same Visual Studio version (i.e VS 2012) to edit the 'ToolPath' property as below and save the xaml to build.

Visual Studio 2012 ToolPath

On 32-bit machines : C:\Program Files\MSBuild\12.0\bin
On 64-bit machines : C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\12.0\bin

Visual Studio 2015 ToolPath
On 32-bit machines : C:\Program Files\MSBuild\14.0\bin
On 64-bit machines : C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\14.0\bin

 

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Team Build | TFS | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013 | TFS 2015

TF400167 : Installation failed for the package (tfs_sharePointExtensionsCoreRes_X64) with thw follwoing status 0x80070652, restart state 00x0

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 12. May 2015 07:24
Exception:
TF400167 : Installation failed for the package (tfs_sharePointExtensionsCoreRes_X64)
with thw follwoing status 0x80070652, restart state 00x0.
Error : Installation failed.
Check individual package installation errors for more information. 

Explanation:

The above exception occurred while installing or upgrading the build environment to TFS 2013 update 4. 

Workaround:

Delete the folders and files under "C:\program Data\Package cache" directory and start the install again.

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Team Build | TFS | TFS 2013

Frequently getting connection error message in the build notifications

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 23. April 2015 09:42

Error Message:

"Connection to the Team Foundation server http://servername:8080/tfs/defaultcollection has been restored." 

Solution:

  • Open build notifications options window
  • Deselect the build definitions that have been deleted
  • Close the options window
  • Open build notifications options window again
  • Make sure that the deselected build definitions are disappeared from the list of build definition in build notification tool.

Build notification tool does not remove the deleted build definition automatically.

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Team Build | TFS 2010 | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

Unable to read data from the transport connection: A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 26. February 2015 11:29

Exception:

Unable to read data from the transport connection: A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond

Explanation:

The above exception pops up when doing a Get operation on a specific file in the build environment.

WorkAround:

Perform the following steps on your build agent by opening the Team Explorer\Visual Studio IDE.

 

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Team Build | TFS | TFS 2010 | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

TF400324: Team Foundation services are not available from the server

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 13. February 2015 07:59

Exception:

Exception Message: TF400324: Team Foundation services are not available from the server.

Technical information (for administrator):

  Unable to connect to the remote server (type TeamFoundationServiceUnavailableException)

Exception Data Dictionary: 

AgentExecution = False

Work Around:

Perform the following steps on Build controller & agent

1. Clean user cache

  • To clear the TFS client cache, delete all the contents under “C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Team Foundation\”

2. Reboot

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Team Build | TFS 2013

error MSB4016: The build stopped unexpectedly because the "WorkflowCentralLogger" logger failed unexpectedly during initialization

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 13. February 2015 07:46

Exception:

MSBUILD : error MSB4016: The build stopped unexpectedly because the "WorkflowCentralLogger" logger failed unexpectedly during initialization. TF400324: Team Foundation services are not available from server <TFS Server>.Technical information (for administrator):The proxy name could not be resolved: <Proxy Server>

Work Around:

Perform the following steps on Build controller & agent

1. Clean user cache

  • To clear the TFS client cache, delete all the contents under “C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Team Foundation\”

2. Reboot

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Team Build | TFS 2013

Build.targets (19): TF10131: The shelveset name _Build_XXXXX?queueId=XXXX contains more than 64 characters, contains one of the following characters: "/:<>\|*?; or ends with a space. Type a valid name and try again. Build.targets (19): The "Get" task failed unexpectedly.

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 14. April 2014 11:41

Explanation:

This error occurs when attempting a gated checkin following environment:

* TFS 2012 Update 3 or earlier updates application server

* TFS 2010 SP1 Build Server

* "UpgradeTemplate.xaml" used for build process

Solution:

This is a known issue that has been fixed with TFS 2012 Update 4

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TFS | TFS 2010 | TFS 2012

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

Cannot add new build templates or create team projects on TFS because of error ‘The File Exists’

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 16. December 2013 08:14

Exception:

Explanation:

The error may occur when the following cache folder size increases.

C:\Users\<tfsservice account / Build account>\AppData\Local\Temp

Solution:

Clearing the content of the following cache folder location resolved issue with build and team project creation. 

C:\Users\<tfsservice account / Build account>\AppData\Local\Temp

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TFS | TFS 2010 | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

Exception Message: Could not load file or assembly 'System.Management.Automation, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. (type FileNotFoundException)

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 10. December 2013 09:12

Explanation:

Build fails with missing file: System.Management.Automation.dll, The InvokePowerShellCommand activity in Community TFS Build Extensions has a dependency on System.Management.Automation.DLL

Solution:

Install Windows Management Framework 3.0 on the build server.

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TFS 2010 | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

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