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Let us create multiple collections on Visual Studio Online

As an organization with 25+ developers and 15+ ongoing/supported projects for several customers, we need the ability to group our team projects into different project collections.

I am sure we are not the only ones.

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    Thomas KalveThomas Kalve shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    jeffjeff shared a merged idea: Team Foundation Service - Create Team Project Collection  ·   · 

    Work is still continuing on our plan to enable a multiple collection scenarios in VSTS. In late April we rolled out the first change outlined in our overall strategy for this area – merging the concepts of account and collection. To get more information on this change you can check out the blog post.

    You can get also get an overview of our overall plan.

    Rogan Ferguson
    Program Manager

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      • Andreia SusanoAndreia Susano commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This ir really a problem. In our organization we have more or less 15 projects and a distributed team of 10 elements, it's really difficult to plan sprints and to know if someone it's overlocated or not. I also think we need a point of view from the resource. Each team member should be able to see his own work from all projects.

      • Miguel IsidoroMiguel Isidoro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there a planned date for the release support to multiple project collections?
        Is it planned for early 2016?

        This is important since I would like to start using Visual Studio Online and the decision depends on how soon it is available.

        Thanks
        Miguel

      • Ryan MillerRyan Miller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently using VSO for greenfield project&team... but need to migrate from on-prem TFS2008 and team to VSO... having issues with needing multiple releases/sprints running in parallel for the different projects. This may solve that?

        We do have shared code between projects as well.

        Solution is needed to have all teams/projects in VSO but allow different process templates and/or Release/sprints while RETAINING the ability for a single developer to have a single pain of glass to see all outstanding work across all of the VSO team projects.

      • Chris TranterChris Tranter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this is causing us massive issue. i need a collection per region. the fact that there's a default collection infers others can be created...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        TFS Program Manager says "This is a great idea!". WOW, if you had "DefaultCollection" surely it comes across your mind at some stage it's a must-have feature to allow users to create multiple collections? And from a technical point of view, how difficult can it be to do such a simple thing?
        COME ON M$!

      • SBSB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yep Multiple Collections would make life much better. One collection is too simple even for limited development in a multi application environment

      • KG2VKG2V commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'll add another +1. With multiple in house projects, AND multiple clients, each with many projects, the ability to group a client's projects is critical. May make us move to inhouse (we have the license)

      • StevenSteven commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Or include 100% project separation within one VS Online Project Collection, for example by making it possible to assign a VS Online to selected projects (so, a User can have either "full scope access" within the entire Project Collection, or a User can be assigned to specific projects, preventing looking up anything outside those projects).

      • Larry KloeppingLarry Kloepping commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +1 for grouping projects. I work in an enterprise with literally 100's of projects not being able to organize projects is a huge disappointment.

      • Bernhard BaumgartnerBernhard Baumgartner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We really need the feature to organize our team projects in different collections on the same TFS server. We definitely won't use VS Online unless this feature is available. And I'm sure there are a lot of other developers that don't use VS Online due to the lack of this feature.

        @Martin: I don't want to connect to different TFS servers for each customer according to your example. I want to stay connected to the same TFS server just switching between collections instead!

      • JeffJeff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Martin- you are not creating multiple collections given your statement; you are creating multiple VSO accounts, each with a DefaultCollection. There needs to be the ability to have collections in addition to the DefaultCollection under a single VSO account as you can do in an on premises TFS installation. Microsoft's cloud based development infrastructure including Azure is not yet sufficient for complex organizations is all.

      • Martin HinshelwoodMartin Hinshelwood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I currently create multiple collections in VSO, one for each customer. Each collection gets a unique URL, so I create http://customer-nkd.visualstudio.com as part of my active directory infrastructure. This keeps the collection isolated from the other customers and gives me the option to 'hand over' the collection directly to the customer.

        What features are lacking in this process?

      • DavDav commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, I will apreciate this feature to get ready on next VS Online version. This is very important.

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