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Mike Azocar So long and thanks for all the Fish! July 2007 Entries
Visual Studio Team System Chat Wednesday
Come chat with the Visual Studio Team System product team û This Wednesday Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new in Beta 2. We will be holding two sessions: Join the chat on Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time. Add to Calendar | Additional Time Zones ááááááááááá -or- Join ......

Posted On Monday, July 30, 2007 3:07 PM

Popcorn! Peanuts! SR1 for Data Dude!
Oh yeah, SR1 for Data Dude is out and I hear the power tools are coming soonà You can download the SR from the following locations: The English download center page is at The Service Release 1 patch file is at The KB article for the release is at ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 25, 2007 10:07 AM

Oklahoma is OK
So I really couldn't help that one. J There is a code camp coming up in Oklahoma City on the 28th of July. While (or perhaps because) I won't be presenting at this one, there are some great speakers and presentations lined up. If you are in the area, please go check it out. Also, be sure to check out the Tulsa Tech Fest coming up on October 19th and 20th (don't ask me whereà). Happy Coding ......

Posted On Thursday, July 19, 2007 8:07 PM

TFS Hands Free Installation

Grant Holiday, a MVP from Australia, has blogged on unattended installation for TFS. If you are doing a lot of TFS installs, go and check it out.

Happy Coding!

Posted On Tuesday, July 17, 2007 10:07 AM

Cool use for Groove
I am smitten by Groove. I admit it. If you have not heard of Groove before, it is a new part of Office 2007 that is to date, little known. I am using Groove in the peer to peer mode as we do not currently have Groove Server installed. In the course of my daily work, I am constantly receiving links to websites that I may want to view in the future. I even have a folder in Favorites Center in Internet Explorer called "~ToBeRead" to store these links. The problem is that I there are times when I want ......

Posted On Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:07 PM

Seriously, someone needs an editor
No need for commentsà (BTW I did this nice piece of obscuring artwork with Expression Design) áHappy Coding ......

Posted On Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:07 PM

Great resource for understanding the TFS cube

I found a very excellent blog post the other day from Jimmy Li on understanding the TFS Cube. It even has short videos! The samples are in Excel 2007, but I was able to follow along in 2003 with no major issues.

Happy Coding!

Posted On Thursday, July 12, 2007 5:07 PM

Sweet search tool for Team System

My buddy Noah told me about this tool he built a while ago. It is perfect for when you have to verify status reports or search for information on a work item. I wish I had this thing a year ago!!!

Happy Coding!

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:07 PM

VSTS Chicago User Group

I wanted to let everyone know about a Visual Studio Team System user group started by a colleague of mine named Dave Laskowski in Chicago. Their next meeting is on July 11th and will cover Application Life Cycle Management. If you are in the area and would like to attend please visit their site for more information.

Happy Coding!

Posted On Monday, July 9, 2007 10:07 PM

Mrs Dash
Mrs Dash is the name of my Windows Mobile 6 phone. As some of you may know, I am a diehard Bengals Football (American Football not Soccer). One of the first things that I do when I get a new phone is go and look for a Bengals theme for it. Looking for such a theme I came across a site dedicated to home screens for Window Mobile devices. Go check it out. àand yes I am posting this at nearly 4AM. I am after all a nerd. Happy Coding ......

Posted On Saturday, July 7, 2007 4:07 AM

Old Skool TFS Overview

I was digging through some of my old emails and came across a web cast I did back in February of 2006. This was before the RTM of the product, so I thought it was kind of cool to share with everyone. If you need an overview of Team System that is not developer tool focused, please check it out.


Happy Coding!

Posted On Friday, July 6, 2007 3:07 PM

Houston Tech Fest
I will be presenting on August 25th at the first annual Houston Tech Fest at the University of Houston. I will be giving two sessions: Making your test lab obsolete with Virtualization and TFS Understanding promotion modeling with TFS The event is community driven and free. You can also register online. Post a comment and let me know if you plan to attend. Happy Coding ......

Posted On Thursday, July 5, 2007 10:07 PM

Team Plain now Free!
I know this is a little late, but I try to space out my posts and this one fell through the cracks! Anyhow, Microsoft has purchased devBiz the makers of Team Plain. If you are unfamiliar with Team Plain, it is a web based interface to Team Foundation Server. Current TFS owners may download the product for free but each user must have a CAL. There is also a Beta version for Visual Studio 2008 (codename Orcas) that is on the Orcas VPC. Happy Coding ......

Posted On Thursday, July 5, 2007 9:07 PM

Moving Websites from VSS to TFS
I had an interesting situation this past week. I have not ever had to migrate a web site (without a web application project) from VSS to TFS before. It turns out that there were some quirks that I had to work out. Here is what I came up with: áCreate a blank and save it to a new location on your hard drive. Copy the website to the folder on level below the solution you created in step 1. For example, if my website is located in the Contoso folder, my new setup would look like Figure 1. áFigure 1. ......

Posted On Thursday, July 5, 2007 9:07 PM

VSTS Converter for NUnit

Someone posted about a tool to convert NUnit tests to Team Test tests on the VSTS Champs list the other day. I had no idea this tool existed! If you have a bunch of NUnit tests that you want to move into Team Test, this seem like the way to go.


Happy Coding!

Posted On Thursday, July 5, 2007 1:07 PM

I can admit when I am wrongà
So those of you who know me know that I have a mantra. That mantra goes something like this (depending on the amount of sleep I have had the night before): "Fancy tools make you weak." While I was preparing to fill in for my buddy Mickey Gousset at Tech Ed, I downloaded the TFS Power Tool (this used to be called the Power Toys) to use in the session. I have to admit, I was impressed. I think that the Annotate and the Treediff features are incredibly useful and there is quite a bit of additional functionality ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 3, 2007 9:07 AM

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