Questions tagged [tfs]

Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the on-premises version of Azure DevOps, providing Git and version control hosting, continuous integration, agile planning (issues, Kanban, Scrum, dashboards) and release management for continuous delivery to the cloud and on-premises.

TFS provides a set of collaborative software development tools that integrate with your existing IDE or editor, enabling your cross-functional team to work effectively on software projects of all sizes. TFS combines activities such as Source Control Management, Work Item Tracking, Project Management, Build Management, and Reporting into a single product with strong integration points to the Visual Studio and Microsoft Office product lines. Find out more here.

Additionally, the rich API and extensibility points of TFS allows for custom applications and plug-ins to be created to customize TFS beyond the standard clients and server actions.

TFS and VSTS are highly related, sharing the same code base and most features, with the differentiator being TFS is the on-premise version, while VSTS is the hosted, software-as-a-service offering. Upcoming TFS features are usually made available in VSTS before being released in a quarterly update.

Looking to migrate from TFS to VSTS?

Move from TFS to VSTS and bring your data along. The TFS Database Import Service can help make your move to the cloud a reality! Follow the step by step migration guide to import your entire TFS database so your team can always be on the latest version in VSTS and take advantage of the many developer services available with VSTS. Find out more here.

Tag Usage

It is recommended to use the tag along with the specific product area tags:

  • : work items, boards and sprint planning
  • : continuous integration build in TFS
  • : migrating from TFS to VSTS
  • : Team Foundation Version Control, the centralized version control system
  • : Git repositories in Team Foundation Server

Also see the tag if you're using Visual Studio Team Services instead of the on-premises .

Other resources

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Get TFS to ignore my packages folder

I'm trying to get TFS (2013) to ignore my packages folder. I passionately don't want it source controlled as I'm using NuGet and it's great! I've tried cloaking (doesn't seem to work), I've tried adding .tfignore files - nothing is ignored. Why…
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What is Shelving in TFS?

Is shelving in TFS merely a soft checkin so other team members can see the source code? i.e. the shelved code will not be compiled right?
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Git vs Team Foundation Server

I introduced Git to my dev team, and everyone hates it except me. They want to replace it with Team Foundation Server. I feel like this is a huge step backwards, although I am not very familiar with TFS. Can someone with experience compare branching…
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How to ignore files/directories in TFS for avoiding them to go to central source repository?

Is it possible to set up files/folders to ignore on a per-project basis in TFS source control? For example, I've a website with an assets folder that I do not want to go in to source control. These assets are maintained by a separate system. Also, I…
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How do I get my solution in Visual Studio back online in TFS?

I had my solution in Visual Studio 2012 (which is under TFS source control) open and the TFS server (2010) was down. When I then made a change to one of the files and attempted to save it I got a prompt to ask whether I wanted to Overwrite the file…
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How can I completely remove TFS Bindings

I have a solution that contains a good deal of projects, I would like to remove the source control bindings completely, how can I do this? Update: What I really want to do is move one solution and its projects from TFS 2005 -> 2008. Thats why I am…
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Error TF30063: You are not authorized to access ... \DefaultCollection

I'm using TFS Preview (Team Foundation Service) with one of my projects with Visual Studio 2012. I'm also using an on-premises TFS server with most of my projects. When I use my on-premises TFS after using TFS preview and go back to using TFS…
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Get Visual Studio to run a T4 Template on every build

How do I get a T4 template to generate its output on every build? As it is now, it only regenerates it when I make a change to the template. I have found other questions similar to this: T4 transformation and build order in Visual Studio…
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Why doesn't TFS get latest get the latest?

Why Why WHY doesn't TFS's get latest work consistently? You would have thought that feature would have been tested thoroughly. What I have to do is, get specific version, then check both overwrite writetable files + overwrite all files. Is my local…
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TFS: How can you Undo Checkout of Unmodified files in a batch file

We use a batch file to generate code, and it automatically checks out the generated files from Team Foundation Server (TFS) so that it can regenerate them. The majority of these files are not modified, but the generator does not know this ahead of…
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Team Build Error: The Path ... is already mapped to workspace

When creating a new build in Team Foundation Server, I get the following error when attempting to run the new build: The path C:\Build\ProductReleases\FullBuildv5.4.2x\Sources is already mapped to workspace BuildServer_23. I am unable to see…
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Moving multiple files in TFS Source Control

I'm using Team Foundation Server 2008 (SP 1) and I need to move multiple files from one folder to another (to retain file history). In addition to Team Explorer (with SP 1) I've also got the latest TFS Power Tools (October 2008) installed (for…
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The project file has been moved renamed or is not on your computer

I get this error when I try to load a VS 2008 project from TFS source control: The project file has been moved, renamed or is not on your computer After I click OK the project says "unavailable". What is the problem? How do I resolve this? I never…
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No test found. Make sure that installed test discoverers & executors, platform & framework version settings are appropriate and try again

I am in the process of upgrading our existing solution to .Net 4.6.1 and have been unable to get our unit tests to run during a server build. Locally they run as expected and flipping the framework version back to .Net 4.5.1 makes them run again on…
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How to stop Visual Studio from "always" checking out solution files?

For apparently no reason, every time I open my solution, Visual Studio checks the sln file out. If I compare it to the previous version there are no changes. But this is really frustrating since everybody has the solution checked out. I'm using VS…
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