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  1. Provide build configuration dependencies in TFS Build

    Provide the ability to create build configuration dependencies such that the success of one build configuration can trigger another build configuration such as a successful build triggering the building of an installation package or a build configuration which deploys to a development or staging server. Other tools such as Cruise Control.Net and Jetbrains TeamCity already offer build configuration dependencies/build configuration triggering through various means, therefore, TFS Build should also provide this type of support.

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      planned  ·  63 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Treat TFS as an Enterprise Symbol Server

      I want my Team Foundation Server instance to be the Symbol Server for the Enterprise. Visual Studio and other debugging clients could then inherently understand when it sees a TFS URL how to locate the symbols or alternately, TFS could provide a URL that exposes symbols correctly (i.e. https://tfs.mycompany.com/tfs/DefaultCollection/Symbols). For those using the Azure-based hosted Team Foundation Service solution, it provides them a publicly-accessible (with authentication) location for Symbol Server as well.

      We don't need a file share any longer if you have a TFS server! Symbols could be stored and maintained using the version control system (or some…

      667 votes
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        15 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We are planning to have a private preview of the VSTS Symbol service when the Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 release. This will allow integrated authentication from Visual Studio to the VSTS Symbol Server.

        Dandan He
        Program Manager

      • provide a way to version-control build definitions

        Currently, there is no way to revert back to an old version of a Build definition once you've made changes to it.

        641 votes
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          59 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          With TFS 2017 and VSTS, you can see a history of changes for a build definition. You can select a previous version from that history and restore the definition to that version.

          We are now beginning to look at how we can manage definitions entirely in source control so that you can use the same branching and policies for definitions as for the rest of your code.

        • VSO build vnext: share build templates between projects

          In the new VSO build system, allow users to share the builds template across projects inside the same projects collections (like build queue).

          This will allow a build specialist to create custom template and reuse it for all projects.

          247 votes
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            started  ·  23 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add ability to run build steps in parallel

            Sometimes we need to start several build steps in parallel for example run tests with specific criteria or upload/download dependancies

            169 votes
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              started  ·  10 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • TFBuild 2015: Run sheduled build only when source has changed

              In the new Team Foundation Build 2015 (https://msdn.microsoft.com/Library/vs/alm/Build/feature-overview) we can either add CI triggers that trigger a build with every check-in or we have the Scheduled triggers. It would be nice to have an option in the Scheduled Triggers that it only runs if there were changes since the last run (new ChangeSet).
              We could use this since we build our Xamarin app with the new build server and publish it to the alpha track in the PlayStore, but we only want to do this once a day and only if there were changes since the last build.

              145 votes
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                15 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Centralized Build View & Management

                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. Ideally, it would be a similar interface that allows for a centralized build activity view and also…

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                  6 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

                • Project level build/release variables

                  We can create variables for a build, however when we have multiple builds, it would be nice to have project level build variables which can be used in all your builds/releases.

                  106 votes
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                    18 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Variable groups have been introduced in TFS/VSTS to address this need.
                    https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/build/concepts/library/variable-groups

                    These are shared variables at the team project level, and can be used in build or release definitions. The ability to refer to variable groups from release definitions is complete and is now available in TFS 2017 and VSTS. The ability to refer to variables groups from build definitions is planned in the next 3 months.

                  • Enable export/import TFS 2015 build definitions

                    In TFS 2015 new build system provide a way to import/export build definitions to json file.

                    102 votes
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                      12 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Automatically start expired pull request build on "Auto-complete"

                      Currently if we use "Auto-complete" option inside of pull request that has expired build. It will wait until that build is restarted manually and successfully completed. It would be nice if expired pull request build would started automatically when "Auto-complete" option is used.

                      75 votes
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                      • [tfsbuild.vnext] Add a NPM cache mirror on Hosted Build Controller's Network

                        Installing NPM Build dependencies for big projects is a really long task due to the size of many "Grunt" and "Gulp" tasks' packages.

                        Many Hosted CI manages this problem by hosting a mirror of NPM database inside their Network.
                        This allows to drastically reduces the installation time during build.

                        70 votes
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                        • Ability to set build priority

                          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

                          63 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Build Notifications for Build vNext

                            Currently the "Build Notifications" Tool displays only XAML builds results. Builds from the new vNEXT build system are not visible, and aren't displayed.

                            62 votes
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                            • Enable CI Build support for BitBucket Git Repositories

                              Though BitBucket provides a web hook to raise an event on commits. There is no way to trigger a CI build in VSO through this event. There is a work around available through Zapier. But if you are seriously using VSO, you won't want to pay for Zapier to process this event for you.

                              Please provide native support for CI for BitBucket based Git repositories. While the build and RM capabilties are great in VSO, the workflow seems broken without native CI support.

                              60 votes
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                                9 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Build support for external submodules that require authentication

                                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)

                                52 votes
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                                • Please provide a SonarQube plugin for TypeScript

                                  This is a request to integrate TypeScript as a supported language for SonarQube.

                                  This would be a way to integrate TSLint into Visual Studio, so that warnings are available on build.

                                  Furthermore, SonarQube offers additional features, such as incremental technical debt analysis (i.e. "only warn when the code I write has errors - not for the whole solution"). This kind of analysis is useful for incrementally converting a solution.

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

                                    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...

                                    42 votes
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                                    • NUnit 3 results format does not appear to be supported on build servers

                                      Update Publish Test Results task to work with NUnit 3 test results file format. I believe the current task only works with the NUnit 2 format. NUnit 2 is not compatible with .NET Core, so there is no good solution if writing a .NET Core application and using NUnit.

                                      41 votes
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                                      • Using DSC, bring the Virtual Machines into the ALM lifecycle.

                                        Using DSC as a VM "definition language", develop the process that Will allow the VMs to be generated as part of the buld process. This Will allow maintenance teams to generate development VMs on request, as well as test environments to be generated and integrated with the Test Management tooling.

                                        37 votes
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                                        • Support Interactive Mode on Team Foundation Build Service to allow Coded UI Tests to run

                                          Coded UI tests will not run on the Team Foundation Service because Interactive Mode is not supported. It would be a shame to need an on-premises server just for running coded UI tests.

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