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  1. Allow TFS build to depend on multiple repositories

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365522/allow-tfs-build-to-depend-on-multiple-repositories.html
    Many other build systems allow dependencies on multiple source repositories ( even different ones - i.e. Git and SVN).

    I currently have setup a TFS project that has multple Git repos and TFS source repositories. I have builds that depend on a mixture - for instance a main build has a dependency on a Git repo that contains 3rd party dependencies. While there is a work around with the general command line support, it would be much more clear to define the source…

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      20 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve hosted build agent performance with build caches

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      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365799/improve-hosted-build-agent-performance-with-build.html
      Consider options to reduce build time of hosted build agent significantly. I don't have problem paying for improved performance if there were such option.

      For example dotnet restore build task takes 95 seconds for simple asp.net core 2 app in each build. Packages could be cached.

      Agent initialization takes 39 seconds. Agent could be initialized in advance, why not?

      357 votes
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        43 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to set build priority

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        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365507/ability-to-set-build-priority.html
        In my on-prem TFS I can set the priotity of a queued build. I can't find this in VSTS. It would be helpful because sometimes I want to give my manual build more priority than the CI builds

        264 votes
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        • Centralized Build View & Management

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          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365378/centralized-build-view-management.html
          Create an interface to centrally view and manage builds for administrators. As an admin that manages builds across team projects, I find it tedious that I have to navigate to each Team Project’s Build Explorer to see current build activity. It makes it even worse that you force each Build Explorer to open in the same VS Window.

          Minimally, the interface would be the current Build Explorer without the Team Project filter, thus allowing admins to have a central view of build activity.…

          149 votes
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            8 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

            Ewald Hofman

          • Enable Continuous Integration Path Filters for Github

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            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365570/enable-continuous-integration-path-filters-for-git.html
            You recently introduced Path Filters for vsts + git. It is not yet available for Github. Would be awesome if support could be added.

            99 votes
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              22 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Build Agent Priority

              This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365620/build-agent-priority.html
              We currently have 3 on-prem build machines, with 4 build agents each.

              The priority to "grab" agents seems always to be in the order that they were installed (in our case we installed server by server), so if a Build uses 4 Agents, they all get used from the same server.

              For us, it would be faster if the build agents that get used for a single build would be spread across servers.

              So my suggestion is that you have the ability to…

              96 votes
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                8 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Rerun failed build task/step

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                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365697/rerun-failed-build-taskstep.html
                Provide a way/configuration people could be able to rerun some failed tasks server times in the build pipeline.

                70 votes
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                  15 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Code coverage report on build should not strip stylesheet tags in frame.

                  This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
                  https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365580/code-coverage-report-on-build-should-not-strip-sty.html
                  In the past weeks (from 9/6/2016) something changed in build code coverage reporting that strips the stylesheet tags in the head of code coverage reports. Previously, our reports generated with karma and istanbul were displaying perfectly with the included stylesheets. Now, the same coverage artifact displays without any of the included css styles. Looking at the frame source shows all the stylesheet tags stripped from the head section. I'm not sure which recent change in team services started removing this.

                  70 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Increase the hosted build agent size limit from 10GB

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                    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365616/increase-the-hosted-build-agent-size-limit-from-10.html
                    Currently you can only use the hosted build if your build + repository is less than 10GB. Even with a shallow fetch our repository is near 10GB and then we run into issues while building.

                    62 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Publishing Build Artifacts is way too slow

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                      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365656/publishing-build-artifacts-is-way-too-slow.html
                      We are using the Publish Build Artifacts task and it is incredibly slow. We'd like to see this get faster.

                      https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/build/steps/utility/publish-build-artifacts

                      59 votes
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                      • Build support for external submodules that require authentication

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                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365517/build-support-for-external-submodules-that-require.html
                        Submodules work in the new build system in TFS/VSTS 2015 however, they either need to come from repos in the same team project or from repos that are anonymously accessible.

                        This suggestion is split from "Add submodule support in Visual Studio Git Extension" (http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/330519-team-services/suggestions/3606383-add-submodule-support-in-visual-studio-git-extensi)

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                          6 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Multiple lines variable in Build and Release

                          This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
                          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365667/multiple-lines-variable-in-build-and-release.html
                          Some tasks have the textboxes that support multiple line content, such as Delete task, but multiple lines variable is not supported, it's better to support it.

                          56 votes
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                          • Recycle bin for build definitions and release definitions

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                            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365592/recycle-bin-for-build-definitions-and-release-defi.html
                            As things stand currently, if someone deletes a build definition or a release definition there is no path to recovery short of restoring a backup. This isn't always possible especially given how quickly events move in TFS. Even restoring a TPC into a different environment can create problems. Given that recycle bins are now a feature in work items, I'd like to see this functionality extended to build definitions and release definitions....or at least if we can see who deleted a given definition…

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                            • Scheduled builds - More flexible timing configuration

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                              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365630/scheduled-builds-more-flexible-timing-configuratio.html
                              The UI for defining time-based build triggers isn't flexible enough. It can only support fixed times on days of the week.
                              How about;
                              - Run a job on specifc day of the month (first, last, etc) - at a given time
                              - Run a job each hour, or two hours (can be done but would require adding 24 timings to the existing UI)
                              - Run job on day related timings - e.g. first Monday of month, last Wednesday

                              The CRON timing syntax is…

                              54 votes
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                              • Make it possible to set time zone on TFS Online (build) server

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                                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365463/make-it-possible-to-set-time-zone-on-tfs-online-bu.html
                                TFS Online should provide a way to set a time zone for the TFS server (or per collection).

                                You could even just implement it when setting Time Zone on https://***.visualstudio.com/_admin/_home/settings.

                                Most of the people in the world is not living in a place where UTC is the correct timezone.

                                This affects:
                                * TFS cases timestamps
                                * Runtime timing issues if you have integration tests with other servers (with correct time zone).
                                * Probably more...

                                54 votes
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                                • Trigger build when pushing tag to git

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                                  https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365545/trigger-build-when-pushing-tag-to-git.html
                                  Currently it is possible to trigger a build when pushing commits to branches, but it is not possible to trigger a build when pushing tags.

                                  53 votes
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                                  • Support Azure File Storage in 'Azure File Copy' build task

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                                    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365594/support-azure-file-storage-in-azure-file-copy-buil.html
                                    The Azure File Copy build task provides a convenient way to copy your build output to Azure Blob Storage or an Azure VM. It would be useful to extend this to add the ability to copy files to Azure File Storage. This would seem plausible as the existing task uses AzCopy, which can be used to copy files to File Storage as well as Blob storage.

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                                    • Add Batch option to Gated check-in trigger in vNext builds.

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                                      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365574/add-batch-option-to-gated-check-in-trigger-in-vnex.html
                                      Batch option is really useful, the way it worked VS2013 reduced the bottle necks when many change-sets were submitted. This is a very useful feature to continue.

                                      47 votes
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                                      • Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" option for TFS 2015 build

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                                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365590/add-build-event-if-nothing-has-changed-since-previ.html
                                        Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" to TFS 2015 scheduled build of new build system.

                                        46 votes
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                                        • Add the git commit SHA to build number variables

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                                          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365571/add-the-git-commit-sha-to-build-number-variables.html
                                          VSTS -> Build Definition -> General -> Build Number Format

                                          It would be lovely to have the $(Build.SourceVersion) available to add to build names.

                                          Example:
                                          Build number format: $(BuildDefinitionName).$(date:yyyyMMdd)$(rev:.r).$(Build.SourceVersion)

                                          Output:
                                          BuildName.20160719.1.78e54363

                                          Also, it would be nice to have a variable for the short SHA.

                                          Example:
                                          Build number format: $(BuildDefinitionName).$(Build.SourceVersionShort)

                                          Output:
                                          BuildName.78e54363

                                          45 votes
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