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  1. Add test status as environment variable in PostTest script

    When running a post test script it would be great to have the info if the tests passed or not through a TF_BUILD_TESTSTATUS environment variable.

    A workaround is to edit the build template, add a GetBuildDetail activity before RunPostTest activity and then update the RunPostTest activity passing it this value through EnvironmentVariables.

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      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow organizing/grouping git repositories in a team project

      The ability to host multiple git repositories in a single team project was essential to get uptake of git as a source control option for larger teams.

      But with this comes organizing those repositories.

      We need a way to be able group git repositories perhaps through some sort of virtual folder structure (like adding solution folders) to help navigation when a large amount of git repositories exist in a single team project.

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      • Allow the printed summary of work items to be just those shown in the view by column: for example, ID#, Title and Description.

        TFS needs to be ab le to print summaries with better selection of the text to be printed (exported). I particularly need (and will need) to print ID#, Work Item (type), Title and Description, and maybe the State, but not the date/time, Stck Rank, Iteration Path, Assigned to and other stuff.

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        • The TFS Web Access Search bar should be able to search keywords across Team Projects

          There is a difference in how the search box can be used in TFS Web Access. I noticed that we can use the search box to type in a work item ID# and it would pull it from across other team projects if needed. However, when typing in a keyword, it will only display results from the same Team Project. It would help to be able to change this behavior to keywords in the search box being searched across other team projects in the same collection(we are using one team project as a hub for others, so this behavior would…

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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Vertical Split by default

            I've got my work items queries, and when I double-click them the results are shown (of course). The default view is the horizontal split (list of the work items on top, and the details of the selected one below). However, I prefer the vertical split view (list of the work items on the left, and the details of the selected on the right).

            I can change the split view easily, but I need to do it every time I open the results window. Is there any way to configure this windows to open with the vertical split by default?

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            • Add a column to queries showing which the "parent" backlog item is

              I've created a few queries for finding specific tasks, in certain states, or not assigned etc, but we're currently working with a few backlog items where the subtasks named identically.

              Instead of having to rename the subtasks, it would be awesome if it was possible to just have a column show which the "parent" backlog item is. That way we can immediately identify which task is which.

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              • Show a triggered CI build directly after checking in pending changes

                If you have a TFS project with a configured CI build that automatically triggers on a new check-in, it would be nice if you could see a link to the running build directly on the "Pending Changes" page in Team Explorer. Right now you have to switch over to the "Builds" page and you will see the newly triggered build under "My builds".

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                • Add the ability to run scripts pre and post check-in and check-out action

                  On develoers computer who use visual studio with team system source control, I would like to have the option to run pre-checkin a script that located in his computer. The script will be installed on same location to all the developers.
                  The same ability will be at the checkin (Pre-Checkin) action.
                  The Option to run ability post check-in and post chek-out.
                  There will be a drop down list to select if it's server script or client script .
                  We had this option in other source control systems.

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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make TFS compatible with Claims Based Authentication

                    We are not able to use the SharePoint integration because our SharePoint site is using Claims Based Authentication. As a result, we cannot access the canned Excel files that come with a template.

                    Once CBA is turned on for a web site, it cannot be turned off.

                    We are using TFS 2012 and SharePoint Server 2010.

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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add TFS Admin feature that allows TFS Administrators to notify end users

                      As a TFS administrator over several servers and hundreds of users I often need to notify end users via email about upcoming system downtime, etc. Presently there is no built-in mechansim to do this and it would be nice to have one. Manually entering hundreds of emails in Outlook isn't an option and I don't think we should have to develop our own app via TFS API to do something like this. It should be a feature of TFS IMO.

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                      • Add a Merge button to the Changeset Details dialog (Team Explorer)

                        Merging a changeset seems like an extremely common action from having it open in team explorer. The other ways to initiate a merge are long-winded and awkward (select full or partial merge, select source branch, wait for changeset list to load, find the wanted changeset etc.)

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                        • I'm very frustrated with your TFS service right now. I simply want to commit my changes. This used to be easy with CVS and SVN, but doe

                          Error 'TF10169' refers to a "Team Project deletion tool", yet I can't find it on your website, nor can it be found in your Search service. I just want to commit my **** changes, but your service won't let me do ****.

                          1. How the **** can I delete the whole project, so that I can Create it again, so that I can commit my ******* changes?

                          2. When you remove users from a system, you need to remove their associations from all files.

                          3. I've simply wasted to much ******* time (an hour) on this ridiculous situation, when I…

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                          • Provide ability to move a TFS 2010 project from one collection to another with history preservation

                            Provide the ability to move a TFS 2010 project from one collection to another with history preservation. Assumed that this facility would have been part of TFS Admin or in VS 2010.

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                            • Make it easier to add a "watcher" to a work item

                              Currently for a user to get notifications about a work item, an alert query must be created. In Jira, any user can simply add a "watcher" by clicking an icon and checking off users. TFS should make it this simple to provide notifications to users.

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                              • Ability to download file(s)/folder/projects

                                For tfspreview.com allow a user to download a specific: files/folder/project, either directly or if multiples objects as a .ZIP file.

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                                • Usability issue about user stories, tasks etc.

                                  When I open a user story I want to understand if there is something under the "STORYBOARDS" or "ATTACHMENTS" tab without clicking on it.
                                  Every time I have to click on tabs to control, if there is something under "Attachments", "Storyboards", "Implementation" etc.
                                  I want to click when there is something under.

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                                  • how do I allow user to perform all the project admin work associated with Work items without allowing the managing of permissions?

                                    If a user is a team administrator within a team or has edit project level permission, they can manage permissions. How can allow a user to be able to enable iterations, customize a kanban board, etc but not be allowed to add or remove user to teams or to the team project?

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                                    • The product backlog items in the sprint board should be color coded

                                      The backlog items are color coded by item type in the latest version of the TFS. It would be nice if the same color coding was applied to backlog items on the sprint board.

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                                      • Ability to customize the list of fields included in the body of an alert notification in TF Services

                                        On-premises TFS has the ability to customize the format of alert notification emails by using power tools or editing files on the server. I have not found a way of doing this on the on-line TF Service.

                                        Please add the ability to customize the list of fields shown at the top of the notification email.

                                        I am specifically interested in including the Description field to Work Item alerts but I'm sure others would want to add (or remove) other fields to other alerts as well.

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                                        • Use the build retention policy to determine the build global list

                                          As a tester I want to be able to select the build currently in my environment as the 'Found In' value for a new bug so that I can report bugs against the correct build that they were found in.

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                                          The current algorithm for populating the build global list appears to be the 10 most recent succeeded builds per definition. This ignores retained builds that may be progressing through an environment chain, and creates an inability to effectively use the 'Found In' field in a work item.

                                          I suggest it uses the data as specified by the build retention…

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