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Programmatically promote your package quality with Release Views in VSTS

A short while ago, Package Management  in VSTS became publicly available. Agreed, the features in the initial version are not overwhelming, but the potential is very high. If you are not familiar yet, with Package Management in VSTS , I highly recommend you take a look at the documentation on the Visual Studio site, to […]

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Set output variable in a Powershell VSTS Build Task

Currently I am building a pipeline that performs some actions on Azure. For example creating a Azure Storage Account. When doing this, I want to return some values from my Powershell script back into a variable of my Build Pipeline, so I can use this in another task. After some searching I finally found out how […]

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Call VS Team Services (VSTS) REST API from your Build Pipeline

Today I had the necessity to call the Visual Team Services (VSTS) REST API to get the code changes associated to the build I was currently running. I want these changes to get all the files and to do some actions with the files that were changed. First I tried to call the REST API from Postman. In […]

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Integrate your on-premise ticket system with Visual Studio Team Services (fka VS Online)

There is a lot going on in the TFS/VSTS world. I hear more and more customers talking about the move to VSTS and I think this is a very good trend. Many scenarios that were showstoppers before are in place on VSTS and some scenarios are coming on short –term. To get a good overview […]

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Bulk destroy Work Items from Team Foundation Server

WARNING: Destroy work items is a irreversible action so use with caution and at your own risk! Lately I am quire busy with all kinds of migration work to Team Foundation Server. This means a lot of testing, modifying and re-testing. Because the target Team Project has quite some modifications and custom work it is […]

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Insert an inline image into a Work Item with the TFS API

On the verge of 2014 I wanted to share a last post with you. At the moment I am working on a migration tool to migrate from another system to TFS 2013. The source system contains a lot of items with a description that contains images. Not as an attachment but as an inline image into […]

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Add permissions with TFSSecurity–The ultimate reference

UPDATE 7/15/2015: Hayder Casey from Microsoft provided me with the details on using the Tagging namespace. You can use this one to set the [Create Tag Definition] security setting. UPDATE 4/25/2016: Microsoft has now updated MSDN to have  decent documentation on MSDN found here Sooner or later, every TFS Administrator will face the challenge to […]

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Using Local workspaces – Promote Excluded changes with TFS 2012 API

Since the introduction of Local workspaces in TFS 2012 I use them where I can. I really like the concept of local workspaces as it gives me much more flexibility when working with my files. (read more about Server and Local Workspaces in my previous post(s)) Local workspaces are also great when you want to […]

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Keep track of your Team Projects Process Template Version

The company I work for (Delta-N), is a service company. We built software for various customers and we do so by means of projects. It should not surprise you that we maintain all our development projects in Team Foundation Server and, since we use TFS since the first version (TFS 2005), we do have a […]

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Top 10 of things every TFS Administrator should do

I spent a fair amount of time on different social media channels like Twitter (@renevo)and LinkedIn and I noticed an interesting thing. Every time someone posts a Top 10 of things or tips it receives a lot of positive comments. It is a fact. People like lists and I tend to think that technical people […]

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