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  1. TFS Build: download Git submodules automatically

    When TFS build (both TFS server and VSO) gets the source code, it should automatically download all the submodule source code.

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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Seach in TFS Team Room

      Enable search in Team Room on www.visualstudio.com, or attach the message in Team Room to Work Item (By Id, #<Id>) generate a record on the log of Work Item.

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        2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow me to perform an unsolicited code review

        Sometimes I'm performing code reviews on random changesets, and I want to send my comments to the original developer. However, there is no way for me to create the code review request myself.

        I would like to be able to kick off a code review myself, without the committer needing to explicitly create a request.

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          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make It Easier to Replicate A Set of Build Definitions For A Different Branch

          We cannot replicate a build definition's structure without having to copy/edit/replace sometimes lots of text, especially in: Workspace, template path, build process parameters, including "solution or project files to build:". Perhaps allow macros in build definitions for things like branch - provide the value automatically if feasible. Also allow us to include such text from an "include" file located whereever we specify in Source Control.

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            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • TFS 3rd Party Integration for UserVoice

            There exist some 3rd Party Integrations for uservoice (e.g. for Jira). It would be great to have one for TFS as well. Lite that it would be possibe to link customer ideas to bugs / user strories / features

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            • Create a PowerPivot/Tabular Model store that can be populated from the TFS Service

              Currently you can't report off of the TFS Service. Enterprises need various metrics - it isn't an optional thing. This would give enterprises the ability to mine their data from the TFS Service.

              Submitted by ALM Ranger.

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                1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Delete related shelveset when deleting a failed "gated check-in build".

                When a gated check-in succeeds, the related shelveset is deleted (this is fine as it is not useful anymore: the changes being checked in).

                But when the gated check-in fails, the related shelveset is kept. One can then "Unshelve Changes" (even if one did use the option "Preserve my changes locally"). Even if one unchecks the option "Preserve shelveset on server" when Unshelving the changes, the Shelveset is kept. TFS is then quickly polluted with useless shelveset

                To solve this issue would suggest to add an option in the "Delete Build" dialog window: In addition to "Details, Drop, Test Results,…

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                • TFService - Full backup of the repositories and restore to an on-premises installation

                  My organization would love to switch from our TFServer to the TFService but their is one big restriction that is stopping us, the leg of making full backups to on-premises installation in case of emergency.

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                  • VSTF integration with Outlook/Exchange calendar for OOF/vacation.

                    Allows for planning and monitoring of projects to include use of the free/busy information from Exchange (and/or Outlook) to see when people are out of office.

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                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Too hard to use TFS Team Explorer 2012

                      The TFS 2012 Team Explorer is too hard to use. I want the original TFS 2010 Team Explorer experience. The color is bad too.. I can hardly differentiate the title and content in windows.

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                        3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support adding changesets to an existing review

                        You need to be able to add changesets to an existing review.

                        Take the following scenario:
                        1. Changes are made
                        2. Author either checkin the changes or create a shelveset to review (based on their procedures)
                        3. Reviewer have comments and the author needs to make changes to code
                        4. Our current procedures states that we make the changes and add the changeset to the existing review.
                        5. Reviewer looks at the newly modified files and accepts the changes

                        In TFS you would have to create a new review based on the new changes.

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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow connection with GitHub

                          The same way you can now connect to team projects in TFS on premise or the new TFS Service, it would be great to have integration with GitHub.

                          That is, you could have your VS account linked with your GitHub account, and be able to connect to any repository in it, working with them directly.

                          GitHub is the de facto standard for hosting source code for open source projects, so being able to interact with it directly in Visual Studio could inspire more people to create .NET open source projects.

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Visual Studio Online users with Advanced license to run tests

                            In Visual Studio Online only users with Visual Studio Premium w MSDN are allowed to run tests.
                            http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-online-overview-vs#AdditionalPageSections_1

                            We have a few business users that need to organize their user acceptance tests and report bugs on them (and related them to the Backlog items).

                            These business users can with Basic, Professional or Advanced do almost any other things in Visual Studio Online - but not run Test.
                            I mean just run the test via the browser not via Test Manager or any other advanced tool.

                            As it stands right now we need to buy a MSDN license for them and…

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                            • Support Interactive Mode on Team Foundation Build Service to allow Coded UI Tests to run

                              Coded UI tests will not run on the Team Foundation Service because Interactive Mode is not supported. It would be a shame to need an on-premises server just for running coded UI tests.

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                                1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • to freeze the topbar in the Board screen (To Do, In Progress, To Verify, Done)

                                freeze the topbar in the Board screen (To Do, In Progress, To Verify, Done) like whats is done in the backlog screen and query screens.

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                                • Meta data on iterations

                                  Areas and Iterations need have meta data, such as start and end date, team size, and make it these reportable.

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                                  • Allow people who are not team members to send bugs to Visual Studio Online

                                    As it is now, only team members have access to submit bugs to Visual Studio Online. This means that you have to use a license to allow your users to send you bugs or feedback.

                                    TFS has the possibility to create "Work-item only users" who don't need to have a CAL to access the TFS portal.

                                    You could even be more limiting than the TFS option, allowing people who are not team members to only send bugs or feedbacks and not be able to see them.

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                                    • Export Test Case and Test Results, including screenshots, to Word

                                      In order to keep the test cases as a reliable source of truth for the applications, it would be really nice if Test Manager could export test cases and test results to Word, including the screenshots (TestScribe can do this, but it doesn't include Test Result Details and screenshots)

                                      Thank you

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                                        2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Ability to filter the Task Board by Area

                                        Currently you can filter a task board by user or unassigned. The ability to also and/or in conjuction with filter the Task Board by Area would allow us to look at the areas of an interation without distraction. Currently interations that have many stories and many tasks becomes unusable without an addition filtering by Area.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Hide iteration work items in web access backlog or modify the query

                                          When in the backlog view in Team Web Access, it would be helpful to be able to hide work items that have already been assigned to an iteration. I think this could be accomplished by some sort of option or by being able to modify the backlog query

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                                            4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            UPDATE: In one of the updates we have made a change which shows any committed item regardless which sprint it is in, based on strong customer feedback. With that update, it is not possible anymore to hide these items on the backlog.


                                            In the process template we have defined the meta-states. If an item is in the metastate InProgress or Completed they are removed from the backlog when they are assigned to an iteration. It depends on the template you are using.

                                            Scrum: PBI’s and bugs in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in state Committed or Done.
                                            Agile: User Stories in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in the state Active, Resolved or Closed
                                            CMMI: Requirements in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in the state Active, Resolved or Closed

                                            Ewald Hofman – TFS Product Group

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