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Accessing VSTS 2010 Offline/Local Process Guidance

You can use local or offline VS/TFS Process Guidance. However, then none of the convenient links from the Team Explorer and the Team Project SharePoint site work. Here's how you can fix that.

Starting with VS ALM 2010, Microsoft is using this HelpWare product. See http://helpware.net/mshelp3/intro.htm. What you have to do is update the ProcessGuidance.html files under Documents>Process Guidance (and there's another ProcessGuidance.html file in a subfolder as well) and the Quick Link. To get the link to work you must replace the leading portion of the URL with ms-xhelp:\\\?

Here's an example:

The actual URL of the help/process guidance page - http://127.0.0.1:47873/help/1-5980/ms.help?method=page&id=28E9CB42-F049-...

Here's what the link needs to be to get to that page - ms-xhelp:\\\?method=page&id=28E9CB42-F049-45EB-A2D8-F7A3B93471B8&topicversion=100&topiclocale=EN-US&SQM=1&product=VS&productVersion=100&locale=EN-US

So this works in the ProcessGuidance.html file (both of them) and in the Quick Launch links as well. It does not work on the wiki pages. The wiki editor will not accept a hyperlink with this format and I was unable to edit the html directly to get it to work.

Print | posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 2:05 PM | Filed Under [ Agile SCM Talk Blog ]

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