Team Foundation Server (commonly abbreviated to TFS) is a Microsoft product offering source control, data collection, reporting, and project tracking, and is intended for collaborative software development projects.

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Is there something wrong with how we're doing version control?

I work with a team of programmers as the business analyst. We just released version 2.0 of our product and are working on the next version to be released in 3 months (it's an internal software ...
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What are some good practices before checking in source code?

My team uses Team Foundation Server for source control, and today I fixed some bugs and smoke test application before I checked it in but I forgot to comment some code. (This code made the UI a little ...
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Should a developer always use version control [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Version control for independent developers? I've heard statements to the effect of: "Well it's just me working on this project so I don't need to put it under source ...
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How can I convince cowboy programmers to use source control?

UPDATE I work on a small team of devs, 4 guys. They have all used source control. Most of them can't stand source control and instead choose not to use it. I strongly believe source control is a ...
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How do you avoid working on the wrong branch?

Being careful is usually enough to prevent problems, but sometimes I need to double check the branch I'm working on (e.g. "hmm... I'm in the dev branch, right?") by checking the source control path of ...
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Odd company release cycle: Go Distributed Source Control?

Sorry about this long post, but I think it is worth it. I have just started with a small .NET shop that operates quite a bit differently to other places that I have worked. Unlike any of my previous ...
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From TFS to Git

I'm a .NET developer and I've used TFS (team foundation server) as my source control software many times. Good features of TFS are: Good integration with Visual Studio (so I do almost everything ...
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Branching model suggestion for same project multiple clients

We have a very big project that includes several applications that acts as the base for different clients. Every client has its own personalization of the product, different milestones, different ...
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Bogarting the Data Access Layer

Situation: The dba is an offsite contractor who keeps the entire DAL code checked out in TFS. It would be nice as the front end developer to be able to add columns, and tweak procs and whatnot, ...
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What is the preferred tool/approach to putting a SQL Server database under source control?

I've evaluated RedGate SQL Source Control tool (http://www.red-gate.com/products/sql-development/sql-source-control/), and I believe that Team Foundation Server 2010 offers a way to do this as well ...
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How can I keep my visualstudio database project in sync with my database?

I'd like to have my database schema synchronized with my Visual Studio .dbproj database project. Right now, I'm using SSMS for most of my database development work, and I've to manually use the ...
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Using a TFS Build Process Template (Workflow) for Deployment

I'm thinking of using TFS Build workflows for complex deployments. We have some that may need to deploy: Web applications and services Database SSRS Reports SSIS Packages Who knows what else I ...
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Do you check in bin or debug folders (and dlls) into your TFS?

Quick question about TFS - Do you guys check-in bin/debug folders into TFS? (if so, why?) Since the content of those folders are dynamically generated is it better to leave them out so that the ...
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How to evaluate moving to Team Foundation Server

My development team presently uses the following software in our workflow: JIRA Bamboo (Atlassian continuous integration) Greenhopper (Atlassian agile project management) Confluence Git, hosted on ...
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Source Control: Roles and Responsibilities - Best Practices

I'm looking for "Best Practices" concerning roles and responsibilities, specifically who is responsible for merges from development branches to trunk (or main). Basically I'm looking for ammunition to ...
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mercurial or tfs for codeplex?

I've been working on a .NET personal project for a little while now and it's almost ready to go open source. I've decided (arbitrarily) to host it on codeplex. Codeplex offers TFS or mercurial. I'm ...
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Best way: restructure an existing Team Foundation Server (TFS) solution

In my department we are developing several smaller AddOns for some unified communication server. For versioning and distributed development we use a Team Foundation Server 2012. But: there is only ...
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When should development branches be created?

We are moving our project's team from using a single Main/Trunk branch, to multiple Development/Work branches that should be regularly merged into Main. We're basing our new process on this article ...
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How do I structure code and builds for continuous delivery of multiple applications in a small team?

Background: 3-5 developers supporting (and building new) internal applications for a non-software company. We use TFS although I don't think that matters much for my question. I want to be able to ...
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version control security

We are looking for a version control tool. I personally think it's pretty cool to use Git. However, my boss recommends TFS. He told me it's much more secure to use an SQL Sever based tool, such as TFS ...
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Choosing the right branching strategy for releases

Starting with a new dev team on a new project and we have to define our Branching strategy for our source repository (e.g. Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010). We've run into a sticky discussion ...
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Why would you create a deployment script in PowerShell when you have TFS?

I'm experimenting with automatic deployment / continuous integration and had a talk with my team lead. I told him I'm investigating creating build/deployment scripts in PowerShell and he said ...
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What advantages does TFS have over Tortoise SVN in this scenario?

This is neither a Holy War invocation nor is it http://stackoverflow.com/questions/661389/tfs-vs-svn - This question is much more specific and would potentially make a team of developers very happy: ...
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How to map TFS to two local directories [closed]

I am working with a web application, using TFS. Every time I build the site it takes an unproductivly long time to start up again. I would like to have a second mapping of the site on my c drive, ...
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What is the best way to handle similar functionlaity in separate user stories / Product back Log Items?

I am using the TFS 2010 SCRUM template. So, let's say I have these user stories: As a user I want the ability to add contacts directly from the Partner page. As a user I want the ability to add ...
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How to use external file comparer in MS TFS

I don't like ms diff that integrated into Visual Studio 2008 TFS Edition. Is it possible to change this file comparer to external one (Beyond Compare, for example)?
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Does continuous integration involve automatic merging between branches?

When setting up a continous integration environment, does it always entail having the build server pull code and merge between branches? Or is it something you NEVER want to do because you are ...
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Should we check in Setup Project of Visual Studio

From what I understand, the ideal way to prepare builds using Visual Studio is to use a single build machine. That means, while the developers go through development process using their respective ...
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What's the most effective way to share code between .NET applications?

In our work, we have several different .net applications that share a lot of base functionality. We've built these applications using a clean n-tier architecture, but we've hit that moment where we ...
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TFS - Explaining the difference between Product Backlog Item and a Task

I've run into this challenge a couple of times and I'm hoping someone can provide some references, training or advice on how to explain the difference between a Product Backlog Item and a Task in TFS. ...
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Can an open source solution match or surpass Team Foundation Server's features? [closed]

Team Foundation Server offers a version control system, but with many more side features, such as bug tracking, user stories, project planning, and it is all integrated into visual studio. Someone ...
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Visual Studio 2010 - Local File History

I have been using netbeans for many years now and recently I have moved from PHP/Git/Netbeans to C#/TFS/VS10. It has been very good so far, yet I miss this one little feature I enjoyed so much in ...
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Possible problems in a team of programmers [closed]

I am a "one man team" ASP.NET C#, SQL, HTML, JQuery programmer that wants to split workload with two other guys. Since I never actually thought of possible issue in a team of programmer, there are ...
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Why is local copy writable by default in SVN, but readonly in Perforce/TFS?

I have some experience with Perforce, SVN, and TFS. For SVN, The source files were by default writable after synchronization. However, they were readonly for Perforce, as well as TFS if memory served ...
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Not assigning Bugs to a specific user

My question: Is there a benefit to NOT assigning a Bug to a particular developer? Leaving it to the team as-a-whole? Our department has decided to be more Agile by not assigning Bugs/Defects to ...
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How can I automatically undo checkouts on unmodified files? [closed]

From time to time, I realize that files that haven't been modified have been checked out by my Visual Studio. It's either because I changed something and undid it, or just because Visual Studio ...
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TFS - web sites based under IIS - how to handle branching

I'm just looking for some advice/best practice for this situation: We have a solution with a couple of web sites in it (one is a web site project, the other is a web application project). We have ...
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How do you structure your branches in TFS

I'm not sure if i should ask this question here, or on SO ... i'll cross post it to SO if this is the wrong place. My group at work has been trying to come up with a good process that we can use with ...
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Automated architecture validation

I am aware of the fact that TFS 2010 ultimate edition can create and validate architecture diagrams. For example, I can create a new modeling project > add Layer Diagram > Add Layer called View > Add ...
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How to do structured code reviews [duplicate]

We need to do pre-check-in code reviews. We are using Visual Studio and TFS. The built in code review functionality, is a bit odd to me. If I "reject" a check-in and comments what needs work, the ...
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Strategy for maintaining assembly references in TFS

I have a 3 branch setup: Dev, QA, Prod. There is a references folder where we store common 3rd party and internal assemblies. Change mgmnt has been challenging. Sometimes Devs forget to go into ...
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Should deployment errors constitute a build failure?

Our software uses in-house written deployment software due to the complexity of the product. As part of our current QA (not dev) build process (using more in-house software) we compile the code, patch ...
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TFS Branching Advice

I am new to Branching and Merging but I have been tasked with making future development on an application possible while still allowing bug fixes to production. Usually I am the only developer on the ...
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Use TFS to track bugs from Production Support

I have just moved to a new company and they are using TFS 2010 (2012 in a couple of months) as their version control system and recently started to use it as a work tracking system for the developers. ...
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Complex Release Vehicle Management

I'm looking into improving our build and release system. We are a .Net/Windows shop, and I don't see any really good tools for Windows for generating the files that are to be dropped in patch or ...
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Create Tickets From TODO (or otherwise annotated) comments

Is there any software that will allow me to generate trouble tickets (for Trac, Team Foundation Server, etc.) from TODO or otherwise annotated comments in the source code?
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What's the best way to handle multiple simultaneous “streams” of development in version control?

My department is planning on working on our next several releases (spanning a year) simultaneously. The powers that be are advocating we support this by refactoring all affected code into classes ...
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Organising staggered user story in Scrum

How would you organise a backlog item that is planned to change in future releases? I've got a requirement that states that: In release 1 users can open content from local machines. In future ...
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Source control system for binary files

At work we have a legacy system written in Visual FoxPRO. Everything in foxpro is a table, even forms, so basically if you open a form file with a text editor you don't learn much. Does anyone know ...
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What are standard directory layouts for storing database scripts in TFS?

I recently took over the maintenance of 10-15 SQL Server databases and to my surprise found out that the team does not store the code scripts anywhere. They currently deploy changes to each ...