The 3 R’s in Continuous Delivery

We have all seen the latest buzzwords of Continuous Delivery over the last few years. The name “Continuous Delivery” gives a general idea of the practice: continuously deploying an application or code into a system. The word “continuous” does not provide the detail of what we are trying to achieve in the Continuous Delivery practices. This is where the 3R’s of Continuous Delivery come in: Reliable, Repeatable and Reusable. Continue reading

Finding and reducing TFS 2013 database size

Before I do an upgrade I always ask for the size of the TFS database set.  It provides me the information on how long an upgrade might take. The queries below, also provides information of attachments that might be taking up extra disk space.  By reducing the overall database set, the whole upgrade process will go faster. Plus, it is a good time to do some house cleaning.

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TFS2013 Getting job status when using Attach/Detach upgrade method

If you use the Attach/Detach process to do an TFS 2013 upgrade, you don’t get progress status bar as you would using the Upgrade wizard.  If you have a large database upgrade to perform, it is good to see some type of progress  of the upgrade process.Below is some select T-SQL command that you can run to see what job is being executed.

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TFS 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Excel Services

With TFS 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Enterprise version you can use the Excel Services to display a number of reports to the internal and external teams.  The Excel reports can provide management that instant view on how a project is progressing. Now a days, manager’s want to have quick real-time dashboard with meaningful data to view for decision making. For example, here are some common reports that can displayed.

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TFS 2013 Tools list for 2014

Over the course of the last few months there have been some new updates to existing TFS tools and new ones created to help all of us administrate and manage our TFS environments.  I’ve put together a list of my favorites tools.  I’ll be add more to the list as this new year continues.   All of the download links are at in the each tool titles

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TFS 2013 IIS Default Authentication Setting

Recently a customer was having a problem with being prompt for user name and password every time they tried to access TFS.  After doing a little investigation, I found that the IIS default setting were changed. To the defense of the customer, I would have made the same guess for the authentication setting for the TFS top level website.

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