Community TFS Build Extensions – Oct 2013


The latest roundup of contributions to the community effort is now available – October 2013 release. As well as the handful of changes listed below, we are happy to announce a new addition to our delivery, PowerShell scripts. Over time we hope to build out a library of scripts that can be plugged into your …

Leveraging MSBuild’s BuildInParallel (with caution)


UPDATE: 12 April 2011 – added /nodeReuse info. A few months ago I wrote a blog post on Running Targets in Parallel in MSBuild. This presented a simple sample which illustrated how to run a target in parallel over some files. I recently looked at whether an MSBuild automated development build process could be made …

TFS Iteration Automation


I like just about any title with ‘automation’ in it, so I’m pleased to share the start of another Visual Studio ALM Rangers project which we are calling TFS Iteration Automation. Willy-Peter Schaub has posted an introduction to it on his blog – take a look. In other Rangers news, the TFS Build Customization guidance …

Community TFS Build Extensions – Alpha 1.0.0.0


We’ve just pushed out the first alpha release of this project. This release contains signed assemblies and a CHM file. Effort is now going into improving the documentation. Note the help on the Guid activity, we plan to provide Actions and a self contained Sequence sample whenever possible. This should address most peoples needs. You …

WMI Code Creator


It's not new, but what a fantastic tool! "The WMI Code Creator tool allows you to generate VBScript, C#, and VB .NET code that uses WMI to complete a management task such as querying for management data, executing a method from a WMI class, or receiving event notifications using WMI." Overview The WMI Code Creator …

Windows PowerShell 1.0 DeskSheet


The WPS documentation pack comes with a Windows PowerShell Language Quick Reference in the form of 'a handy, one-page foldable guide'. It's a great guide, but the format didn't suite me so I've summarised the Quick Reference into a DeskSheet. There are now three DeskSheets available for download: Windows PowerShell 1.0 DeskSheet SQL Server 2005 …