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  1. Sum up the work remaining on a PBI from Child PBI's and Tasks

    It would be nice if there was a service that would roll up the work remaining of all child (and grandchild) PBI's and tasks to the parent PBI. We wrote a custom service to do this but it would be nice if this was included functionality. It helps greatly when ranking the tasks, deciding what to cut from a sprint/project and giving visibility to the true work remaining vs the initial story point estimate.

    So if a PBI doesn't have any child PBI's or child tasks then it would just use the story point estimate for the work remaining (or…

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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Team Foundation Server command line should have an option to specify a proxy server.

      The Team Foundation Server comand line is very powerful and we use it for lots of back end build server functionality. Currently we are required to install and run the GUI client on these machines to initialize the registry and provide our proxy setting.
      We can specify all other connection information for tf.exe (and associated commands) please allow us to specify the proxy server for command lines as well so we can easily override the registry setting when needed and don't need to execute the GUI.

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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Maven available in the Cloud Build Services

        I suggest, Maven should be available in the Cloud Build Services. On TFS this is easily achieved by copying the "apache-maven" folder to the "BuildExtensions" folder of MSBuild. In that way, Team Foundation Services can support Java builds in the best manner.

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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Easily find changesets or labels of an item

          Sometimes i need to see label or changesets of an item.
          But there is no easy way to do this. Everytime i have to use Get Specific Version to list labels or changesets.

          I think if there is a screen to search and list changesets and labels will be very good.

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            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Background search for TFS changes

            SourceGear Vault's client app has the ability to background search for changes. This is very useful because at any time I can take a quick peek and see what changes my team members have checked in and that I need to get latest on. This is also helpful for previewing any merges that might be necessary. And on a day to day basis, it helps me get a sense of what parts of the codebase are seeing the most churn. I know there is a Compare feature, but it takes way too long to be useful.

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              2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Extend timeline tracking of changesets to span multiple changesets / a time range

              The timeline view would be a lot more useful when not only one changeset could be viewed, but the merges between the multiple branches could be shown over a longer period of time.

              It could be similar to something like the network graph on github https://github.com/blog/39-say-hello-to-the-network-graph-visualizer or the gitk output https://www.google.com/search?q=gitk&tbm=isch

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                1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow cross-project work item management and reporting

                Say my company has three teams: Client, Server, and Web. I would like to provide each team with its own TFS Team Project due to the segregation of permissions, source code, build definitions, etc. I would also like to be able to manage the work that must be done across teams for upper level reporting. For example, say we have a work project Project1 (as opposed to TFS Team Projects). Project1 requires a cross-functional team composed of all three teams. Each indidvidual team wants to manage its own work but those who manage all three teams want to be able…

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                  2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add uptime and support to Visual Studio Online

                  I haven't found an appropriate place to ask for this so I'm putting it here. I guess you could argue that these are product features.

                  First of all I don't even see a category here in the drop down for Visual Studio Online. Since it is a product and is transitioning to a paid model it would be nice if you would actually start acknowledging that it exists.

                  The actual features I'm looking for are: uptime and support.

                  By uptime, I mean 99.999%. In my last working week it has been more like 70%.
                  By support I mean more than…

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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support "unique" data source access in Visual Studio Online load tests.

                    Right now attempting to launch a load test including a data source with the access mode set to 'Unique' results in the following error:

                    'Unique' data access for a data source is not supported with load testing with Visual Studio Online. Kindly change this property to another appropriate value ( e.g. Random or Sequential)

                    This renders useless the otherwise fantastic cloud load testing solution offered with Visual Studio Online.

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                      2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support Deployment of Multiple Websites to an Azure Web Role from VSO

                      Currently deploying multiple websites from VSO/TFS to Azure is not possible. You can host multiple websites on a Web Role. Publishing from VS to Azure can do this without issues, however VSO does not support this.

                      It unfortunate that developers cannot enable CD from VSO to Azure for multi-website web role deployments.

                      Here is a link to how to setup the scenario: http://michaelcollier.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/multiple-sites-in-a-web-role/

                      Here is a link to the confirmation it is not supported from an MSFT: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsazure/en-US/c000812b-1118-4380-b80c-732b7b9f9ff2/issue-with-azuretfs-build-in-the-case-multiple-websites-in-single-webrole?forum=azuretfs

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                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Visual Studio Online users with Basic license to view Features list

                        In Visual Studio Online we use Features to store and prioritize development epics. As a Product Manager I need only the agile functionality in TFS: releases, iterations, backlog items, and these epics.

                        With the end of Early Adopter licenses coming in March 2014, I changed my license from Early Adopter to Basic. Now I can no longer see my features list, as this requires an Advanced or MSDN license.

                        Therefore, as a Product Manager I must pay for an Advanced license for basic access (I do not have an MSDN license as a Product Manager). This will hurt wider adoption…

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                          3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide an audit log of changes to TFS build configurations

                          Currently there is no audit trail for TFS build configuration changes.

                          Provide an audit UI for changes made to a TFS build definition. The target audience would be administrators who are tracking down changes in build behavior over time to changes in the build definition.

                          The audit log should provide the following:
                          * the timestamp of the change
                          * something identifying the one who did the change
                          * It would be nice to see a summary of changes.

                          A rollback option would be even better and could be attached to the audit log (like it is for general TFS 2012…

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add ability to obtain Code Coverage from Java Builds

                            Java Build Integration is very good in TFS. The ability to execute Maven/Ant and obtain testing results from JUnit is great. It would be really great if you could add the ability to obtain Code Coverage metrics from JUnit/Maven/Ant, using an existing Java code coverage tool (i.e. Emma, or something else).

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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add support for TFS Service Git Version control to continuous deploy to Azure hosted services.

                              Right now you can setup continuous deploy for a Team Project to a hosted service if the Version Control is "Team Foundation Version Control" but If the project is using Git, then you cannot set it up. The reason we want this is because we would like to have all are Team Projects in one type of version control, but we are having hard time getting are developers to be able to work work with TFS on Mac's (git tf works fine, but getting tf to work on mac's is more work then it is worth, having to down grade…

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                                2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow custom controls to be automatically downloaded from the TFS Server

                                Custom controls were a good idea that was not fully implemented. Because the control has to find its way to the user via a separate route, most people don't want to use them. (It is not worth the risk that a user will not have the control.)

                                Provide a robust way that custom controls can be registered with the TFS Server and automatically downloaded to clients who need them.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Git branches TFS work items

                                  Allow git users to associate commits and branches with Team foundation service work items. Right now there is no way to do this.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • On long work item titles which overflow on board show a visual marker

                                    If there is a long title of a work item which does not fit on a stickie on the board it will not show a visual marker like "..." as a reminder there is more text in the title than is showed.

                                    On several other places in TFS this behaviour does seem to be in place. But still not on the work item titles on the board.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improve sprint forecast in TFS

                                      I use the forecast function for TFS at the moment, but I think there's room for improvement. When TFS measures the velocity of my team, and it knows my sprint planning (number of days, number of people, etc.); it should be able to predict the velocity for next sprints itself. And thus there's no real need for the textbox in which you can specify the number yourself.

                                      I agree that this might not be true in the beginning of your project, but after a while it should work.

                                      What would also be nice is when TFS tracks the work an…

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

                                        We want to add the following options for forecasting velocity:
                                        1) Forecast based on a specified value (already implemented)
                                        2) Forecast based on yesterday’s weather, the last sprint
                                        3) Forecast based on the average of the last X sprints.
                                        Would that be enough control?

                                      • Support TFS a LOT better. Organize the files better so it is clear what must be checked in!

                                        Support TFS a LOT better. Organize the files better so it is clear what must be checked in to source control, and what can be ignored. It is some help to add !_Pvt_Extensions\;!GeneratedArtifacts\ to the compare filter but there are also several folders under client and server that are left empty and also ModelManifest.xml files under client and server, that are not needed in source control, causing compare noise. It would be nice if the LS project did not create so many scattered files and would be nice if clean would clean out the **** not needed so one knew…

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                                        • Save and continue with a new work item of the same kind button

                                          When I'm producing lots of work items at the same moment my UI dialog process is to open a new work item, fill in the fields, and save and close. And this in a repeating fashion. It would be very nice to have a "Save and give me a new work item immediately" button next to the "Save" and "Save and close" button.

                                          This saves a lot of time! Off course this could be sprinkled throughout TFS and MTM.

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