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Build fails when associating work items

Recently I ran into a strange problem. I modified a work item type definition and added a field. So far, so good. The field could be edited and everyone was happy. But after that, my build failed. As you may or may not know you can choose to associate work items during a check-in (read […]

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Making a Work Item Read Only when it has a certain state

I am busy at a customer with implementing some security rules on work items. As you might or moght not know the work item security is quite limited. My scenario is as follows: Only users in group XYZ kan make a state transition from [Draft] to [Approved] When the item is in the state [Approved] […]

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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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Printing work items with Team Foundation Server

With the introduction of TFS 2012 Web Access we lost the possibility to print work items from the web. The experience wasn’t great in the first place but now it disappeared. Also in Visual Studio we do not have great printing possibilities. For some teams this is a big issue. They like TFS but also […]

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A practical guide for dealing with capacikill in TFS

Capacikill? What the … is that? Actually it is a word I made up. To be honest it was a colleague who talked about capacity in a noisy room and I thought I heard him say it. I understood capacikill and the word had a meaning to me right away. As you can obviously see, […]

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Use Advanced search when TFS does not find text in work items

Alert: Editing the TFS Collection database is tricky and should be done with extreme care!! Recently I migrated a whole bunch of work items from a StarTeam repository. To keep some of the initial history, I added a some summary in the description field of the work item. This looked something like this: Originally Created […]

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What If…You delete a work item field ?

Recently I was doing some work on Work Items. I had to remove a field from a Work Item and wondered what would happen with History etc.. In this blog post I describe the things that happen if you delete a field from a Work Item Type Definition. For this post I added a Field […]

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Hidden Gems in TFS–Part 7 Searching and Finding Work Items in Team Foundation Server

In this series of blog posts I like to highlight some features of TFS/Visual Studio that people seem to overlook. In my day to day job I often see that people don’t know about certain feature that are available in Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio or some of the Powertools. Some features are available as […]

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Hidden Gems in TFS–Part 6 Managing workspaces in TFS with Workspace templates

In this series of blog posts I like to highlight some features of TFS/Visual Studio that people seem to overlook. In my day to day job I often see that people don’t know about certain feature that are available in Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio or some of the Powertools. Some features are available as […]

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Hidden Gems in TFS–Part 3 Editing multiple work items at the same time (Bulk Edit)

In this series of blog posts I like to highlight some features of TFS/Visual Studio that people seem to overlook. In my day to day job I often see that people don’t know about certain feature that are available in Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio or some of the Powertools. Some features are available as […]

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