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Tarun Arora - Visual Studio ALM MVP ALM, Agile, Automation, Performance Testing, Software QA, Cloud, ... October 2012 Entries
TFS API Change WorkItem CreatedDate And ChangedDate To Historic Dates
There may be times when you need to modify the value of the fields “System.CreatedDate” and “System.ChangedDate” on a work item. Richard Hundhausen has a great blog with ample of reason why or why not you should need to set the values of these fields to historic dates. In this blog post I’ll show you, Create a PBI WorkItem linked to a Task work item by pre-setting the value of the field ‘System.ChangedDate’ to a historic date Change the value of the field ‘System.Created’ to a historic date Simulate ......

Posted On Saturday, October 27, 2012 1:53 PM

New features in TFS Demo Setup
Release Notes – http://tfsdemosetup.codeple... | Download | Source Code | Report a Bug | Ideas Just pushed out the 2nd release of the TFS Demo setup on CodePlex, below a quick look at some of the new features/improvements in the tool… Details of the existing features can be found here. Feature 1 – Set up Work Items Queries as Team Favorites The task board looks cooler when the team favourite work item queries show up on the task board. The demo setup console application now has the ability to ......

Posted On Sunday, October 21, 2012 1:01 PM

TFS API Add Favorites programmatically
Note: Please do not use these steps to create pinned (favorite) builds, as the data will be wrong and cause an upgrade failure in TFS 2015 Update 1. 01 – What are we trying to achieve? In this blog post I’ll be showing you how to add work item queries as favorites, it is also possible to use the same technique to add build definition as favorites. Once a shared query or build definition has been added as favorite it will show up on the team web access. In this blog post I’ll be showing you a work ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:24 PM

IntelliTrace collector error Some or all identity references could not be translated
If you are running the IntelliTrace stand alone collector to collect the trace against an Application Pool which is running under the identity “.\<username>” then you are likely to run into the following exception, Start-IntelliTraceCollection : Some or all identity references could not be translated. At line:1 char:29 + Start-IntelliTraceCollection <<<< "FabrikamFiber.Web" C:\IntelliTraceCTP\collecti... C:\Intell iTraceLogs + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:15 PM

Get your TFS 2012 task board demo ready in under 1 minute
Release Notes – http://tfsdemosetup.codeple... | Download | Source Code | Report a Bug | Ideas In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use the ‘TfsDemoSetup’ application to configure and setup the TFS 2012 task board for a demo in well less than 1 minute Step 1 – Note what you get with a newly created Team Project Create a new Team Project on TFS Preview 2. Click Create Project 3. The project creation has completed 4. Open the team web access and have a look at the home page Note – Since I created ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2012 12:32 PM

Set up a TFS Server/Service demo environment in less than 1 minute now!
Release Notes – http://tfsdemosetup.codeple... | Download | Source Code | Report a Bug | Ideas To Demonstrate the capabilities of TFS 2012 Server/Service Task board you would need to set up TFS with some teams, a few team members, some sample stories, tasks, etc. That’s too many steps if you as me! Hi! My name is Tarun Arora, I am a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio ALM & a Visual Studio ALM Ranger, as a consultant I have had to demo TFS Preview to potential customers several times a day. I usually ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2012 1:58 AM

Geeks with Blogs acquired by Watson Technology Group
Just received the following email… It’s now official! Hello bloggers, you are receiving this email to let you know that Geeks with Blogs ( has been acquired by my company, Watson Technology Group. Jeff Julian started the site in 2003 and since then him and John Alexander (AJI Software) have done a great job with the community. I am a long time friend of theirs and I was actually one of the first bloggers on the site in 2003. I am excited to take over the reins and I have ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:52 PM

Pizza and IntelliTrace at NextGenUG on 16 and 23 October 2012
Free Pizza and a session on diagnosing Production bugs using IntelliTrace. I’ll be presenting a session at the Next Gen User Group and you are more than welcome to join in, 16th October at Oxford – 23rd October at Birmingham – I’ll be showing off the how IntelliTrace stand alone collector and Visual Studio stand alone profiler can help. See you there ......

Posted On Monday, October 8, 2012 4:52 PM

VS2012 Launch Event – Combating Bugs And Poor Performance In Production
I presented a session “A techies guide to combating bugs & poor performance in production” at the Microsoft IT Visual Studio Launch event. The key message was to demonstrate what common production issues (non-reproducible bugs and poor performance) techie’s run into and how the tooling in Visual Studio can help you efficiently tackle these issues. Remember, a Techie without efficient tools is only half the good! A techies guide to combating bugs & poor performance in production from Avanade ......

Posted On Sunday, October 7, 2012 9:10 AM

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