Can TFS service account be non interactive?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 8. October 2015 19:34

Explanation:

Yes. The TFS service account can be non interactive. But the account which is used to install and configure should be interactive and should have the following permissions.

  • Local admin on the TFS Server
  • SysAdmin on SQL Server

The interactive admin account used to install and configure the TFS will grant the necessary permissions to the non interactive Service account

 

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Some of the reviewers don't have permssion to some of the files to review. Do you want to submit the code review anyway?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 6. May 2015 13:35

Exception:

Explanation:

The above warning message is reproducible when the users have duplicate display names in Tfs_Configuration’s identity table.

Workaround:

Change the display name in TFS profile.

1. Navigate to Web Access and load a Team Project that has the Display Name you want to change.

2. Navigate to the Administration page by selecting Administer Settings option on the top right hand corner of the Web Access page.

3. Click on the drop down arrow next to your name

4. Select "USER PROFILE"

5. Click Edit to modify your Display Name.

6. Click "Save changes" button.

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Area or Iteration path created in the project is not reflected in the TFS cube/SSAS

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 28. April 2015 18:11

Explanation: 

TFS cube gets refreshed 2 hours once. You should have at least  one work item assigned to the specific area or iteration path to get reflected in the cube or available in the report.

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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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How to update TFS workspace after computer name changes?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 13. March 2015 12:17

Explanation:

You will not be able to work on your existing workspace, if your computer name is changed. You may get error messages while you try accessing the source repository.

Solution:

1. Open Visual Studio command console and execute the below command

tf workspaces /updateComputerName:<OldComputerName> /s:<ServerName>

2. Install Team Foundation Sidekicks.

  • Open the workspace Sidekick
  • click Search
  • Select your workspace from the list.
  • Click the blue computer icon to Update Workspace Computer Name

  

 

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There was a problem importing the global list: TF26204: The account you entered is not recognized.

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 11. March 2015 14:09

Exception:

There was a problem importing the global list: TF26204: The account you entered is not recognized.

 

Explanation:

You will get the above exception while trying to import a global list file with the items in the list contain backslash

Workaround:

Replace the backslash with forwardslash and import the global list file

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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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Editing work item description in Excel would show the following warning and the description would lose all its formatting.

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 12. February 2015 08:03

Warning 

Explanation:

Team Foundation Server doesn't allow editing the actual HTML out of the fields. The text typed in Excel would be published without any of its HTML tags and that is the reason that it lost its formatting.

Following link has the reason why Microsoft wouldn't allow HTML editing

http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2680660-add-html-field-editing-to-excel-for-work-items

 

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How to receive the TFS alerts via a text message?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 4. February 2015 09:20

Solution:

Following are the steps to configure TFS alerts via a text message

1.Open team project alerts page : 
http://<TFS SERVER>:8080/tfs/<COLLECTION NAME>/<PROJECT NAME>/_admin/_alerts
2.Enter cell phone number @ your carrier’s email in "send to" field to the existing or new alerts.
Send To: T-MobileNumber@
tmomail.net
Carrier Email to SMS gateway
  Alltel : Your Mobile Number@message.alltel.com
  AT&T : Your Mobile Number@txt.att.net
  Boost Mobile : Your Mobile Number@myboostmobile.com
  Sprint : Your Mobile Number@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  T-Mobile : Your Mobile Number@tmomail.net
  US Cellular : Your Mobile Number@email.uscc.net
  Verizon : Your Mobile Number@vtext.com
  Virgin Mobile : Your Mobile Number@vmobl.com

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TFS Web interface is not rendering the date field with respect to “daylight saving”

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 29. January 2015 18:28

Explanation:

TFS Web interface is not rendering the date field with respect to “daylight saving” which is causing the confusion between the date field displayed in web access and visual studio IDE. The TFS date fields populated with the date during “daylight saving” on and time as 23:00 are displayed as next day in Visual Studio IDE which is logical and expected.

Solution: 

Install latest "Daylight Saving Time (DST)" update for windows on your app tier(s).

More info: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_dst

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