Monthly Archives: January 2007

2801, 2007

Queensland VSTS User Group – Friday 2nd Feb

By |January 28th, 2007|General|Comments Off on Queensland VSTS User Group – Friday 2nd Feb

The next meeting of the Queensland VSTS Users Group is scheduled for this Friday, 2nd February 2007. The group meets at the Microsoft Office in Waterfront Place. The breakfast meeting starts at 7:30am (30 min light breakfast) followed by an hour session between 8am and 9am. This month’s topic is “Introduction to Work Item Customisation” which will be presented by William Bartholomew. Overview Work items form a fundamental part of Visual Studio Team System and despite Microsoft shipping a number of templates with the product it is often necessary to customise these to fit existing business processes. In this session we will look at; Modifying existing work item types to include new fields. Modifying existing workflows. […]

2201, 2007

TFSServerManager Powertool – Yes please!

By |January 22nd, 2007|General|Comments Off on TFSServerManager Powertool – Yes please!

The investment that organisations make in VSTS and TFS is often quite significant, not just the big dev shops but also the little ones where the cost of the product suite is often more hard felt. Once the decision to go with the technology is made it is always very important to be able to quantify adoption of the product and how well it is performing. Brian Harry has been creating a fantastic little utility over time that provides a wide range of information about your TFS Servers and TFS Proxies. While he states it is not really a management tool, I’m sure people in quite a few roles would find various bits of the data very useful. […]

1601, 2007

Canberra VSTS User Group – 1 week to Jan 24th launch

By |January 16th, 2007|General|Comments Off on Canberra VSTS User Group – 1 week to Jan 24th launch

Australia’s latest VSTS User Group kicks off in Canberra next week for anyone able to get along and show your support. Here’s the details from Grant’s post to the OzTFS mailing list… The purpose of the VSTS User Group is to form a community of practice for Canberra-based IT professionals interested in the use of Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) to support the Software Development Lifecycle. The group meetings will not be used to deliver marketing or sales content, but instead will focus on knowledge sharing on effective use of VSTS (tips, tricks, traps). The inaugural breakfast meeting is on Wednesday 24th January at 8:00am to 9:30am WHERE:Microsoft CanberraLevel 2, 44 Sydney AveBarton […]

1501, 2007

QLD VSTS Users Group featured in INETA APAC Newsletter

By |January 15th, 2007|General|Comments Off on QLD VSTS Users Group featured in INETA APAC Newsletter

The INETA APAC newsletter was released yesterday and I'm happy to say that our very own Queensland VSTS Users Group ( was featured along with an interview with yours truly. It is great to see what other user groups in the APAC region are doing and the newsletter is a great way to help spread this information.I had the pleasure of meeting the editor of the INETA APAC newsletter, Wee Hyong (SQL MVP | Blog) recently at the Singapore DevCon and he shares a passion and enthusiasm for the developer community that makes being part of it very worthwhile. Check out his Channel 9 session entitled "A Chat and Demo about LINQ with Wee Hyong".

901, 2007

Microsoft .NET 3.0 Readiness Training – Australian event dates

By |January 9th, 2007|General|2 Comments

The Microsoft Partner Readiness team is running a series of 2-day .NET 3.0 workshops around Australia over the next three months. The training represents exception value to Microsoft Partners and gives you to chance to learn more about the exciting new technologies available in .NET 3.0.  Training is scheduled for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. .NET 3.0 Workshop Overview This two-day workshop focuses on building user capability on the new technologies for building applications such as Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace (formerly code named “Infocard”). Registration details  (2 day event) Brisbane 29 January 2007 Register Now Sydney 19 February 2007 Register Now Melbourne 26 […]

801, 2007

Tricks and Tips for installing VS2005 and more

By |January 8th, 2007|General|1 Comment

In my consulting roll with VSTS/TFS, one of the things I often work with clients on is how to setup and configure their development environment on their developer PCs. With the size and complexity of developer SOEs these days, it can be quite a time consuming process to install and configure all the software a developer will need to use. In searching for ways to improve and automate the installation of much of the Microsoft software, I have come across Aaron Stebner’s blog. There are some GREAT TIPS and instructions for automating the installation of many of the VS2005 generation products including Visual Studio 2005, MSDN, Express products and more. His posts include steps on […]

301, 2007

I’ve been tagged by the meme challenge

By |January 3rd, 2007|General|3 Comments

I first noticed the tagging frenzy when Frankie was tagged back on 28th December. Now Dugie has done the deed and I’ve been tagged! In short, “Someone tags you and asks you to reveal 5 things that folks probably don’t know about you and then you tag 5 other bloggers with the same task.” So Five things that people don’t know about me eh? I was one of the youngest people in Australia to receive the Certificate of Proficiency in Public Radio Broadcasting. (I was 11yrs old) I presented a radio show called “Anthony’s Selections” when I was 11. I played a mix of country and western music and made myself a promise never […]

301, 2007

Installing the Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider 1.2 (Steps for Visual Basic 6)

By |January 3rd, 2007|General|1 Comment

I received an email from Tim this morning through my blog contact form that thanked me for my steps in my Installing and configuring the VB6 MSSCCI provider post. In his email, Time mentioned he had some issues with the install. I hope he doesn’t mind being quoted but his feedback was along the lines of; “I can’t see anything in the VB6 Tools Menu (“Extras”-Menu in German Edition of VB6), I’m also not seeing any new items in the Start menu. However, setup of the .MSI file ran fine, without any warnings or errors.” While I can’t help him out with the German versions of the software, I figured I should run through the steps […]

101, 2007

2007 off to a great start – Thanks Microsoft [MVP]

By |January 1st, 2007|General|11 Comments

Well I must say that my 2007 has started well, especially this morning when I opened my Inbox and found an email from Microsoft congratulating me on becoming a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP). I get to join the ranks of a great group of MVP’s in the Visual Developer – Team System competency. I am lucky to be in a country that has a really strong community (Usergroup Mania – VSTS Rocks in Australia) building around Microsoft Visual Studio Team System and I’m really excited to see what this year brings. Just this month we see the start of Australia’s third VSTS User group!