Thursday, March 13, 2008

Team Foundation Server mailing list

Looks there is a mailing list dedicated to Team Foundation Server from Down Under: : Team Foundation Server in Australia.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Second TFS Hosting Provider on the market

Looks like there is now a second Team Foundation Server hosting provider on the market. If you need a hosted TFS solution, head over to TeamDevCentral or TFS Now! and give them a ping.

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Error 1704

During deployment of a Team Foundation Server Policy I was greeted by the following error:

"Installation for Microsoft .NET Framework Service Pack 1 is currently suspended. You must undo the changes by that installation to continue. Do you want to undo those changes?"

While troubleshooting I found a utility provided by Chris Millard, called the Error 1704 Cleanup Utility. The utility removes any registry entries that cause the error. "Sometimes, when you try to (un)install a program packaged with Windows Installer, the routine fails. It leaves behind registry entries that give an Error 1704 - preventing further (un)installs of Windows Installer packaged programs."

The utility solved the problem nicely and I was able to install the policy. Good work Chris!

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Passed Exam 70-510: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server

Got a nice postmail this morning from the States, telling me that I passed Exam 70-510: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server! I took the Beta Exam two months ago and finally I have the results in front of me, yay! I scored 826 points, not bad at all.

The good thing about the Microsoft Exams Results these days is the detailed output you get with the test results. It is telling me that I've got a strong foundation (pun intended) in the technical skillset area, whereas my skills concerning process and project management need a bit more attention. This is consistent with what I know and what I need to improve upon.

Lately I've thought a lot about which road I am going to take to develop myself further. I have a strong foundation in Microsoft Servers, coupled with a not-so-usual outgrowth to Microsoft Development. I have always liked dealing with the diverse issues that arise when these two area's meet. Consulting or Architecture seem the two most likely paths to pursue in the long run.
But for now, a bit of celebrating is in order!

Side Note: Out of the 11 Microsoft Exams I have taken (and passed) during my career, the last 4 were all Beta Exams. Guess that makes me a bit of an Beta Exam addict.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

What a wonderful world

We live in interesting times.

I haven't posted for quite a while because of job and daddy-related responsibilities. Having two kids glee of joy at the prospect of embroidering with their mother is, well, a bit out of my world at times. But I love them still.
As of late, things are clearing up, giving me the possibility to start blogging again.

There are a lot of interesting things going on, like the Windows Home Server Beta, Team Foundation Server and ofcourse MOSS.

Windows Home Server.
This is a very interesting development, as Windows Home Server (WHS) will give your family at home the opportunity to have all your pictures, documents online, as well as access to all your home computers while you are away. How about backups of the laptop of your wife? Included. Central Printing facilities? Included. Can I go wild and create all kinds of websites? Yes you can. The base is good old Windows 2003 Server, which provides the platform you can build on. Think of the endless possibilities of Home Server combined with Visual Studio Express!

In a Proof Of Concept I have added WSS2.0 to Home Server. (I'll provide detailed instructions of how to accomplish soon.)

The goal of this exercise was to be able to add WSS to Home Server without too much tinkering, like adding a second website on a different port, or to go wild with host header mappings. This is why I have chosen WSS2.0 and not WSS3.0, because WSS2.0 still provides the possibility to exclude a part of the website. And we want to be able use the default Home Server website. Perhaps I'll look at the feasibility of WSS3.0 combined with WHS later.

Team Foundation Server
We'll start using Team Foundation Server (TFS) in a couple of weeks. It will be nice to see how this integrates and changes our way of working together. The approach I have chosen is a minimalistic one: we'll provide an environment with just the basics and work from there. I'll try to get a movement going of how we can improve things, adjust processes, use TFS to enhance the visibility of the things we do and what we accomplish. I try to keep an open mind for now and see where this approach takes us.

In a couple of weeks our first -of three- MOSS projects will really take off.
Later more...

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