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Tarun Arora - Visual Studio ALM MVP ALM, Agile, Automation, Performance Testing, Software QA, Cloud, ... January 2013 Entries
TFS2012 QU2 - New Feature - Work Item Tagging
Microsoft has just switched the flag ON and released a whole bunch of new features in CTP1 as part of the TFS 2012 QU2 release. In this blog post I’ll be talking about some practical uses of ‘Work Item Tagging’. Work Item Tagging – “New work item tags provide categorization and filtering of work items. Easily add tags to items and then filter by them in both backlog and work item query views in Team Web Access.” Have a look at the team sprint backlog below, Many teams define a naming convention to ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:11 AM

TFS API - Reporting Visual Studio Solution And Project Versions
Problem Definition I am about to take ownership of a TFS 2005 repository that has projects for BizTalk, SharePoint, SSIS, SSAS, different flavors of .NET, to complicate things, the customer is using different versions of visual studio to develop and maintain these solutions. To take control of the source control and successfully manage the build infrastructure it is important for me to have a view on what project types, what version of these project types, what version of visual studio, etc are being ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:36 AM

Fix - TF51011: The specified iteration path does not exist
In this blog post I’ll show you the fix for the TF51011 exception (refer to the screen shot below), Blocked Tasks TF51011: The specified iteration path does not exist. The error is caused by «'Demo\Release 1\Sprint Sprint Backlog TF51011: The specified iteration path does not exist. The error is caused by «'Demo\Release 1\Sprint Test Cases TF51011: The specified iteration path does not exist. The error is caused by «'Demo\Release 1\Sprint Unfinished Work TF51011:The specified iteration path does ......

Posted On Sunday, January 27, 2013 1:22 PM

Visual Studio 2012 Set Default Target Framework to DotNET4
First time you create a new project in Visual Studio 2012 the target framework is set us .NET 4.5. A lot of the fellow developers end up creating the project in .NET4.5 in accident. Figure 1 – Default target framework in the new project window is .NET Framework 4.5 In this blog post, I’ll show you how to tweak the registry to default the target framework to .NET 4 just to avoid accidently creating projects in .NET 4.5. WARNING: This solution is neither recommended nor supported by Microsoft. Editing ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:20 PM

How to change Rating values in Microsoft Feedback Client
I had a customer request that they would like to change the value the Microsoft Feedback Client Rating gets translated to. Currently the stars in the Rating are mapped as follows, 0 – Not Rated 1 – Poor 2 – Fair 3 – Good 4 – Very Good 5 – Excellent The customer requested these values to be changed to meet their internal process mapping. Walkthrough… Luckily the Microsoft Product Team has made this setting highly configurable, the text that goes with the rating is customizable. It is simply a matter ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2013 11:36 PM

Video Error TF298020: The assembly wmvcore.dll could not be found
If you start the Microsoft Feedback Client on a Server operating system and try to use any of the recording options you are likely to hit the error; “TF298020: The assembly wmvcore.dll could not be found. If you are running Windows Server 2008 or later, make sure the desktop experience feature is installed. Refer for more details.” Figure 1 – Video Error when clicking “Screen with Voice” in Microsoft Feedback Client Steps to Fix TF298020 – Video Error ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2013 5:42 PM

Quartz.Net scheduler exposed via a Web Service
I had been given a business requirement to provide a self service Website for job scheduling. Having worked with Quartz.Net, it seemed the perfect backend engine to schedule and process jobs. I decided to expose the functionality of the Quartz.Net via a few web methods using Web services to allow for it to be consumed in Excel, SharePoint, a Web or a desktop app. In this blog post I’ll show you how to expose Quartz.Net via a Web Service. If you are new to Quartz.Net I would recommend going through, ......

Posted On Sunday, January 20, 2013 2:24 PM

Quartz.Net Windows Service on Server Important Configuration Steps To Remember
Are you running Quartz.Net as a windows service on a remote server and trying to connect to it from a client to schedule jobs? Then I would highly recommend reading the below listed configuration steps to save your self from endless hours of debugging. 01 – How to ensure that the Quartz.NET service is executing jobs on the server and not locally? 02 – Fixing “Scheduler with the name xxx already exists.” issue If you are new to Quartz.Net I would recommend going through, 01 - A brief introduction ......

Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2013 3:51 PM

Solving the ALM puzzle using Microsoft Suite of tools
I presented a talk at the #vBug user group run by David Ringsell at Bristol. David in his day job runs his own venture known by the name of “Talk-IT” which provides training for developers. You can check out the catalogue of online courses offered by David here http://www.mylearningworx.c... In his free time David engages with MVP’s and community speakers to bring the best of new technologies to the Bristol and Bath Techies. You can check more details about the upcoming talk sessions ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:26 PM

Configure Outlook as the TFS SMTP client
In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use as the SMTP client for your TFS. Figure 1 – Email Alert Settings for as a SMTP client for TFS When I was asking around for these settings in forums people questioned me why I would want to set up as the SMTP client for my corporate TFS server. Well the simple answer is, not every TFS installation has to be a corporate set up, I am sure people install stand alone TFS severs for R & D and Test purposes, would not want ......

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2013 6:17 PM

VS12 Team Member Photos not showing in Chrome
Issue The Team Members photo doesn’t show up in the Members section in the Team Home Page in Team Web Access when browsing using Chrome. However, the team members photo does show up as expected when browsing using Internet Explorer. See screen shot below, on the left chrome does not show the team members photo Internet Explorer does. Figure – Left:Chrome, Right:Internet Explorer – Member Images not showing in Chrome For your ref the versions I am working with are, - IE explorer version: Version: ......

Posted On Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:16 AM

Presenting VS2012 at VBUG Bristol on 16 Jan 2013
Let’s start with a few interesting facts about Bristol, Bristol is located just 120 miles west of London. It is the largest city in the south west of England. Bristol is a 45 mile trip across the Bristol Channel to Cardiff in Wales. Bristol is a port city known as the “Birthplace of America”. John Cabot sailed from Bristol to help “discover” North America in 1497. Image 1 – Bristol @ night! And… I’ll be presenting a session on a Lap Around Visual Studio 2012 at the VBUG user group in Bristol on 16th ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2013 10:27 PM

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for 2013–MVP-ALM
I have been re-awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in Visual Studio ALM for 2nd year in a row. Thank you Microsoft for re-awarding me the MVP award, it’s a great feeling to start the year knowing that my contributions to the Microsoft ecosystem are still relevant! Image 1 – Moment of glory, re-awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for 2nd year in a row While there are more than 100 million social and technical community members, only a small portion are selected to be recognized ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 10:00 PM

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