VSO Project Stakeholders (and Organizational Accounts)

From an email from Microsoft:

Invite stakeholders to a project to keep them informed on what’s happening with that team or project. They’ll have access to the team home page, where they can view updated project information. They’ll also have access to the backlog, taskboard, and Kanban board, where they can create and edit work items or work item queries. You can add unlimited stakeholders to your team projects at no charge – in addition to the five Visual Studio Online Basic users you get for free with your account!

If you intend to move existing team member(s) from existing plans to the new stakeholder plan, remember to visit the Microsoft Azure portal and remove any paid user plan that you no longer need, to avoid being charged for them on the next billing cycle.

With organizational accounts, users can use their own company credentials to sign in to Visual Studio Online. To use organizational accounts, link your Visual Studio Online account with Microsoft Azure and set up Azure Active Directory.

Migrate TFS to Visual Studio Online – New Tool

Looking for a nice tool to migrate an on premise TFS installation to a Visual Studio Online environment? Take a look at this new OpsHub migration tool.

Not to happy about it yet though…We getting some errors migrating source control files. Support is great so far…continuous delivering new versions, and getting better every week. Glad to be of help, in getting this product better and better…

If you have any questions about the tool, feel free to contact me, or comment below.

TFS and Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (April Release)

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (Build 2014)

Today we are announcing the availability of Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RTM, continuing to deliver on our commitment to bring on-going value to Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) developer tools through continuous releases of new features and by resolving known issues.

In addition, we are also making available the Release Candidates (with go-live license) of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. This release includes new features for creating apps targeting Windows Phone 8.1, the ability to build universal Windows Apps targeting the Windows Runtime, TypeScript 1.0 RTM, and many other new capabilities. In addition, Release Management Update 2 RC includes a new feature that enables tagging servers for easier deployments. For more information about using Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC in a production environment (go-live use), see the Statement of support in the Visual Studio Update KB Article.

Nice feature asking by a lot of customers finally added in TFS: You can configure non-working days, and these are excluded from burndown charts.

TFS 2013 Working Days

Full article from Microsoft: Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (April Release).

.Net Reactor Obfuscation

Looking for and easy obfuscation solution for your .NET application?

I found the .Net Reactor tool very helpful in easy obfuscating some .Net assemblies and executables. The tool has a user interface but it can also be used with the command line. I created a post build event in a Windows application to obfuscate all assemblies. In this way all builds (local and TFS buildserver) obfuscate the assemblies in Release mode configuration. Below the description and features of the tool from the website.

What is .NET Reactor?

.NET Reactor is a powerful code protection and software licensing system for software written for the .NET Framework, and supports all languages that generate .NET assemblies. Its’ main features are : Continue reading “.Net Reactor Obfuscation”

Visual Studio Online Guidance

I stumbled upon a nice article for whom are looking for some help in deciding how to use Visual Studio Online for delivering projects and advising customers in deciding how to set up the Visual Studio Online environment. Here is a link to the complete PDF.

The good thing about it, is that the authors got their findings in analyzing how the services are being used by the community.