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  1. TFS Deployment Manager

    TFS 2012 currently lacks the ability to truly manage deployments of a particular build. There are many different ways to deploy which complicates the issue. However, for companies that follow standard deployment promotion, Development, QA, UAT, Staging, Production, for example, it would be very helpful to have a way to manage deployments to know what has been deployed where and when and see a history of deployments for a particular build.

    Most people tend to confuse builds with deployments. These must be completely separate from each other. This is the only way to properly deploy the exact same build to…

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    • Remove source control binding information from inside files

      Visual Studio uses Source Control Bindings (persisted as various Scc* settings in the solution and project files and also in *.vspscc and *.vssscc files) for legacy reasons. The TFS API allows source control information (server url, check-out status, etc) to be retrieved using only the local file path and Visual Studio should use this capability without requiring the user to manage superfluous bindings.

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      • Allow editing of send to address for email alerts in VSO

        Allow users to specify which emails they want to send the alert to, both for team and individual alerts. Right now changing the individual alert address changes the default mail address for all alerts for that user, and team alerts send to address cannot be edited at all.

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        • Make a summary of Working day in TFS Online on WebSite

          There should be a page in TFS Online where you can see what was done in a day. Right now you need to check source, then click History, and click for every CheckIn and see the details. I'd like to have a view that can be very long to scroll yet agregates all changes as well shows which changes are linked to wich WorkItems and how they change their attributes (like remaining work time).
          Also I'd like to have a summery of who, how much checks-In in terms of tasks, lines of code, and number of files affected. This should…

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          • Timeline view of TFS work items to aid project tracking

            It would be great to see a timeline of TFS work items, e.g. when was a requirement created, assigned to developer, implementation finished, tested, and closed. This would work for bug items too. It would also be interesting to retrieve statistics of the above, e.g. on average how long does it take for the team to implement a requirement/user story.

            A timeline would help project management answer the following:
            - how log does it take for the team to finish a requirement/bug/review
            - what are the statistics we can conclude, e.g. how long on average does it take us to…

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            • Revert all unchanged items from changeset before check-in

              Imagine 100 checked-out files, while trying something out, and now you want to check-in your changes.
              I feel more comfortable if I see directly which files really changed, before checking-in.

              A button "Undo all unchanged" would e.g. undo 90 of these 100 files and now you see clearly which 10 files you really changed.

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              • Visual Studio Online - Add ability to delete a test plan

                Visual Studio Online - Add ability to delete a test plan

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                • Better collaboration support between customer and vendor via internet

                  TFS seems to assume that all parties that want to collaborate are on the same network.

                  We want our customers to be able to raise defects, feature requests, view progress reports etc

                  Issues we currently face with TFS 2010.

                  1. Our customers are not on our internal AD and will never be although we would be happy to set up accounts for them in alternate identity store.
                  2. There does not seem to be a lot of info about exposing TFS to the internet.

                  I would like to see better support for this scenario. The authentication story at the moment…

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                  • Add voting/stack ranking capabilities for work items

                    Users should be able to vote on work items in TFS, or stack rank a set of work items, they are asked to prioritze.

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                    • Add custom fields to allow better Team Build management

                      Today, besides the team build name, we only have the quality of a team build execution to query and filter through team build results. A set of custom fields, in example add area and iteration to a team build execution, will allow a better team build management. in example to filter which builds where raised in a specific iteration, or area, etc.

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                      • Install Storyboarding functionality Team Explorer installer

                        Why is the Storyboarding functionality not installed when you use the Team Explorer installer, like is done with the Excel and Project add-ins? In my opinion this tool should typically be used by program managers, so it is overdone to install a VS Professional or higher.
                        So please, make it available in the Team Explorer installer.

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                        • 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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                          • FIPS

                            Use FIPS compliant algorithms if FIPS policy enforcement is enabled on the server. Department of Defense Security Technical Implementation Guides require that FIPS policy is enforced: http://www.stigviewer.com/stig/microsoft_dot_net_framework_4.0/2014-01-08/finding/V-30926

                            This applies to all US Department of Defense. It is understood that MD5 is much faster and might not even be used for security reasons (i.e. using MD5 to generate a hash to determine file differences on version control check in). However if FIPS is enabled, why not use a FIPS compliant algorithm?

                            It is much better to experience some degredation in performance when FIPS policy is enabled than to occasionally swallow exceptions…

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                            • Integrate TFS with SAP Solutions Manager

                              Several shops have been developing/using SAP solutions for many years; Customers with a hybrid environment have a little bit of "everything" (Java, .NET, Cobol, SAP, etc.); If TFS wants to become a enterprise class ALM solution it is necessary to consider the integration with other "worlds".

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                              • Make Agile SharePoint Dashboards available in SCRUM

                                In TFS 2012 RC the only dashboard available when using SCRUM is the "Release" dashboard that shows a boring, uninteresting chart. Yet if one is using the Agile process template there are several dashboards available (Burndown, Quality, Bugs, etc.) that display several small charts. this is MUCH more useful than a single "Release" dashboard and yet the various dashboards in the Agile template all apply to SCRUM as well. Burndown is a burndown, bugs are bugs, etc.

                                This is driving us nuts when converting teams from the Agile process template to SCRUM. Once they view the associated SharePoint portal they…

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                                • Hide team projects in source control if you're not connected to them

                                  If i wanted to see them i would connect to them.

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                                  • Display properties of folders and documents in Team Explorer

                                    In VS2010, in the Team Explorer view, you could right-click on a folder or document and see the properties of the folder/document, which included the path to the folder/document. This was immensely helpful and needs to be put back in the VS2012 Team Explorer view.

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                                    • There should be specific subjects and detail explanations in e-mails triggered by alerts

                                      I have created check in alert "ASP.NET MVC Test Poject: A file with a specific file extension is checked in" and after testing, it sends alerts to all team members BUT e-mail does not tells anything.

                                      You can see it in attachment.
                                      There should be customized e-mail messages for different types of alerts, for example: Project Name + Alert

                                      In details at the beginning should be detail explanation why this email message has been happened etc..etc.

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                                      • Prevent closing work items when child work items are open

                                        If Team Foundation Server is to follow the rules of ALM, this functionality must be implemented. Work items should not be allowed to close while existing child work items are in states that conflict with their parent. For example, a user story should not be moved to the 'closed' state if a child task is in an 'In Progress' state. Currently, TFS allows this, and does not provide a means to TFS administrators to prevent this behaviour.

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                                        • Gated Check In for Visual Studio Online for Git Projects

                                          I want a gated check in , a build to trigger when push is made on a certain branch or when pull request is created

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