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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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      started  ·  63 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Let us create multiple collections on Visual Studio Team Services

      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.

      1,050 votes
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        119 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Work is still ongoing for our plan to enable an Organizations experience for Team Services. We will open up a private preview in 2017 H2 for interested customers to sign up to use this feature. I will provide another update when we are close to open up the private preview.

        Rajesh Ramamurthy
        Program Manager – VSTS & TFS

      • Add server-side git hooks

        Please add server-side git hooks. Github has this feature and it is extremely useful.

        More info here: http://git-scm.com/book/en/Customizing-Git-Git-Hooks#Server-Side-Hooks

        402 votes
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          23 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We’ve started work to improve our Service Hooks for pull requests and to build a status API for pull requests. These features will allow teams to build external tooling that participates in the PR workflow and approval process. We don’t yet have crisp timeline for the release, but we expect this to be available before the end of summer.

          Matt Mitrik
          Program Manager

        • Change Visual Studio Team Services account region

          My Visual Studio Team Services account was created in North Central US. I'd like an option to change the region, so that my data is stored closer to my users.

          287 votes
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            41 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We are working toward a self-service solution. In the meantime, you can change the region of your Visual Studio Team Services account by contacting customer support via the basic or premium support links on this page: https://www.visualstudio.com/team-services/support/. A member of our support team will reach back out to the owner of the account to confirm the request and schedule the move.

            Update: Over the past months, many customers have used this process to move their accounts from one region to another. We are continuing to work toward a self-service solution for this process, but do not have a firm schedule to share as of yet.

            Thanks,
            Aaron Hallberg

          • 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

            248 votes
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              started  ·  13 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

              TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
              Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

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                16 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 207 votes
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                  14 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  The On-Premises (TFS) version of the Analytics Marketplace Extension is in development and we are fully committed to delivering on it but do not have any timelines to share at this point.

                  The Analytics Service is the backend for a suite of new features we are very excited about including new Dashboard Widgets and Power BI Desktop Connector.

                  Thank you,
                  Josh Zimmerman

                • 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.

                  164 votes
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                    15 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Enable reporting with Visual Studio Online

                    It would be great to have access to the reporting capabilities in the Warehouse and the Cube to enhance the analysis capabilities with VSO. Especially around testing and other such capabilities we would really benefit from having some degree of reporting access (even if it was just against SQL Azure and didn't provide cube access)

                    121 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We are pleased to announce that the Analytics Marketplace extension is now available for VSTS and provides a set of three new Dashboard Widgets (CFD, Cycle Time, Lead Time).

                      We are continuing work on the On-Premises (TFS) version is in development and we are fully committed to delivering on it.

                      The Analytics Marketplace extension will provide a suite of new features we are very excited about including new Dashboard Widgets, Power BI connectors.

                      Josh Zimmerman
                    • Pull Request comments lose their context

                      Comments in a pull request are tied directly to a line number. Thus, as more commits are added, they will shift around in the file, and become confusing.

                      I don't know what the best solution for this would be, but it's rather disorienting for in-progress stories.

                      91 votes
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                        12 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We’ve actively working on improvements to the pull request platform to enable improved comment tracking when new changes are added in subsequent commits. We have other improvements to the pull request experience underway as well, and you’ll see these changes starting to roll out soon and continue for several sprints.

                        Thanks,
                        Matt Mitrik
                        Program Manager

                      • Wiki Fulltextsearch

                        The wiki needs some fulltext search capabilities to really shine!

                        80 votes
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                          12 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • VSTS - Personal Git repositories for forking

                          Give each user a personal Git repo space. The "root" repo today is "Git Repositories". Create a special root called "My Repositories".

                          Then add a "fork" button next to the "clone" link that would automatically clone in a new repo in "My Repositories" Git folder. Repositories here should still have their origin remote and be available to submit Pull Requests against the origin.

                          Here is a manual workaround that some are following to recreate this flow:
                          http://www.woodcp.com/2014/01/how-to-fork-git-repositories-on-visual-studio-online/

                          78 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            We are working on forks now and expect to ship it soon. The notion of a dedicated “personal space” to land a forked repo is something we’re going to build in the future. In the short term, we recommend creating a dedicated project for developers to put forks in.

                          • Add Check/IF Activity in Release Template

                            It should be possible to check a condition before executing a release activity. For example to check if a website exits before removing a website or check for a folder before deleting the folder.

                            68 votes
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                              9 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Offline test Execution: Allow users to execute test cases in an offline manner (when not connected to TFS)

                              Allow users to execute test cases in an offline manner (when not connected to TFS).

                              Steps:
                              1. Ability to export test cases & steps to Excel (when in office & connected to TFS)
                              2. Perform Test execution by marking tests/test steps pass/fail in the Excel file, while adding comments (when not in office & not connected to TFS)
                              3. Import test results from Excel into TFS (when in office & connected to TFS)

                              65 votes
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                                21 comments  ·  Test  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                We now have an extension (in Preview) on Marketplace for this scenario:

                                https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.OfflineTestExecution

                                This currently works with Visual Studio Team Services & support for Team Foundation Server will be coming soon.

                                Please let us know your feedback about this extension.

                                We will wait for few weeks for feedback before marking this item as Completed.

                                Thanks
                                -Ravi Shanker

                              • Allow for gitflow branching model

                                We would like to allow for a git flow model. Or a simple branching model with branch permissions such that only team leads are capable of merge (after code review) and developers may only check into their feature/issue branch.

                                http://nvie.com/posts/a-successful-git-branching-model/

                                54 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make Reporting in TFS Fast and Fluid

                                  Make Reporting in TFS Fast and Fluid

                                  Using Analysis Services and Reporting Services may have seemed like a good idea back in 2003 when you first started designing TFS 2005, however in 2012 these technologies are archaic and difficult to use.

                                  Throw out SSRS and SSAS, heck in TFS 2012 in the new Web Access the team already created a new reporting system for burndowns and for the kanban reports.

                                  Now for TFS 2015 it's time to make reporting EASY for non developers, EASY for managers, and fast and fluid for general end users to design and change.

                                  Look at…

                                  54 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support pull requests from different repositories

                                    So, our company is split. Product development and projects. Recently the product team wanted to deploy the new TFS git features to use a PR based workflow. We cannot.

                                    Short version: Please allow pull requests from other repositories/forks.

                                    This solves a number of issues:

                                    - Right now write access would be needed to the target repo [2] [3]
                                    - Right now there are no security limitations. "Can send a PR" means "can change our code"

                                    So far, PRs are 'incomplete' as far as I can tell, so [1] is really merely half the support/part of the plumbing.

                                    1: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3891599-tfservice-git-pull-requests

                                    2:…

                                    42 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add math notation (LaTex/MathML) to project wikis in VSO/TFS - e.g. by MathJax

                                      I really like the project wikis that where introduced to Visual Studio Online last year (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2014/08/07/project-homepages.aspx).

                                      My applications usually contain many mathematical formulas that I would like to document in the project wiki. It would be nice if I could use some kind of mathematical notation in the markup files.

                                      Some sites on stackexchange.com support math notation, e.g.

                                      http://math.stackexchange.com/help/notation

                                      They use MathJax for this. MathJax is released under Apache License 2.0.

                                      https://www.mathjax.org/

                                      Please add math notation to the project wikis on VSO.

                                      35 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow a user to remove them self from a Visual Studio Online account that they are not the administrator of

                                        I found an old post to see that other people are having this issue
                                        https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/809773/visual-studio-online-cannot-remove-self-from-someone-elses-account

                                        I myself am an instructor and students don't always remove me from their own accounts when they are finished with a class. Also, since you can add anybody by their Microsoft account it would be a nice feature to have if you get added to another person's account by mistake.

                                        32 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Clone build step in build definition

                                          In VSTS build definition we have useful option "Clone.." which allows duplicate entire definition. It will be more useful to clone build step within saved build definition e.g. clone cmd/powershell task with different params.

                                          24 votes
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