VSTS Build Task: GitHub Tag

So you are utilizing Visual Studio Team Services as your build server for direct integration into GitHub, perhaps entirely or perhaps just for your public repo's in GitHub (while your private repo's are in VSTS). In either case, in a...

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Building Custom VSTS Build Tasks

The new VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services - formerly Visual Studio Online) task based build system is absolutely fantastic (also in TFS 2015 on premise). I've been slowly and surely falling in love with it in the realization that is...

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Build Server Error with Multi-Threading: Access is denied.

  Most recently and in the past I have encountered this error in running build definitions on TFS 2012: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\Microsoft.Common.targets (3540): Unable to copy file "C:\BLD\4\Project\Name\Binaries\BinaryFile.dll". Access to the path ' C:\BLD\4\Project\Name\Binaries\BinaryFile.dll is denied. Which is pretty crazy since, the...

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TFS Version Control Guide

If your using TFVC for your source control and repositories of code, then you have probably already realized that developing a strategy for branching and merging and some best practices can be relatively simple, or it can be very complex...

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TFS – Deleting Folders without “Getting Latest Version”

I find it such a pain in TFS (2012 & Others) to have to grab the latest version of a folder in order to delete the folder. The larger issue comes into play if you have a large set of...

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TFS 2012 Web Access Advanced Work Item Searching

If you ever found yourself searching a lot looking for a particular item in TFS 2012 Web Access, you may have been frustrated when the search results keeping coming back with no results, despite you knowing the exact title of...

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Team Foundation Service (TFS) Preview

You read the title correct, I did say SERVICE and not SERVER. This new Team Foundation in the Cloud offers all the TFS Server functionality in a fully managed environment. Currently this is in preview mode, and is 100% free...

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