Today I encountered a strange error during the configuration of a Build Controller in TFS. We installed and configured the first Build Controller for a TFS Instance, everything went good, but both controllers and agent are marked with stopped icon, even if status is “ready” Figure 1: Controller and agents are marked as stopped even […]

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Some time ago a friend asked me the easiest way to get code from a specific folder and a specific version in TFVC. The goal is avoiding using Get Specific Version because he do not want to overwrite the Workspace folder he is using, he want also to avoid creating another workspace only to do […]

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Using DPAPI to encrypt password in builds suffers from a serious drawback, the password can be decrypted only by code that runs on the very same computer used to encrypt the password. You can overcome this limitation using roaming profiles, but it is not a option in many scenario. Another technique to enable multiple build […]

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In the Update 3, now in RC, you have the ability to configure your Release Management to directly access your Azure Subscription to have a list of all of your environment. The operation is really simple, you need to go to Administration tab and then choose to Manage Azure. Figure 1: Adding your subscription to […]

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With the new deploy of Visual Studio Online you can link your existing VSO accounts to your azure subscription so they will be available on new Azure portal You just need to connect to standard management portal ( and then add an existing VSO account to the list of available ones. Figure 1: Use […]

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