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  1. 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

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      started  ·  23 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow TFS build to depend on multiple repositories

      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 dependencies up front. I should be able to specify the branches on those via variables also. I…

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

        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?

        207 votes
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          20 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.

          193 votes
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            17 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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

            191 votes
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              24 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.

              150 votes
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                8 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…

                141 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

                  You recently introduced Path Filters for vsts + git. It is not yet available for Github. Would be awesome if support could be added.

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

                    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 set "Agent Priority", so that we can have Build Agent 1 from each server as a Priority…

                    55 votes
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                      5 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)

                      54 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        50 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • VSTS: add services on project collection level

                          Make it possible in VSTS to add Services (a.k.a. service endpoints) on the project collection instead of on individual projects only.

                          When you use the same service (e.g. an on-premise Octopus Deploy Server) in multiple VSTS projects you need to add a service endpoint to each project.
                          Managing this becomes a burden when you have lots of projects in VSTS

                          48 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Publishing Build Artifacts is way to slow

                            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

                            47 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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...

                              46 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add Batch option to Gated check-in trigger in vNext builds.

                                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.

                                45 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Option to allow Auto-Complete to be the default option on new pull-requests

                                  We have a branch protected by polies (i.e. successful build and must have two reviewers).

                                  It would be good to have an option on the branch pollicy to allow Auto-Complete to be the default option on new pull-requests

                                  44 votes
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                                  • Multiple lines variable in Build and Release

                                    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.

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

                                      Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" to TFS 2015 scheduled build of new build system.

                                      41 votes
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                                      • Code coverage report on build should not strip stylesheet tags in frame.

                                        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.

                                        41 votes
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                                        • Trigger build when pushing tag to git

                                          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.

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