Imaginet Timesheet: Time Tracking for TFS and Visual Studio Online

We’ve been working on a rewrite of our Timetracking tool (formerly Notion Timesheet) and it’s going live today – Imaginet Timesheet! Timesheet lets you log time against TFS work items using a web interface. The web site can be installed on any IIS server (if you want to host it on-premises) or even onto Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) if you have a public-facing TFS or are using Visual Studio Online. Once you’ve installed it, just log in, select a date-range (week) and a query and start logging time.

WebDeploy Gets Even More Awesome – Profile Specific Transforms

I love WebDeploy – I have ever since I read Scott Hanselman’s post “Web Deploy Made Awesome: If You’re Using XCopy, You’re Doing It Wrong”. Whenever I’m helping teams that build web applications improve their ALM processes, invariable I end up moving them onto Web Deploy. Not only is it an easier and cleaner way to deploy, but you get the bonus of being able to manage configuration files (Web.config) in your project.

Integrating TFS and Project Server – Two Way Manual Sync

I often do road-shows showing off TFS and VS to customers around South Africa. Usually I’m doing this with Ahmed Salijee, the Developer Platform Specialist (DPS) for Developer Tools in Microsoft South Africa. Ahmed is an amazing speaker (we’ve co-presented regularly) and is great at helping customers at a strategic level – and, as he likes to say, for his sins, he gets to help customers with their licensing queries!

Fix: Release Management “Service Unavailable 503”

At a customer we installed Release Management for their TFS 2013 TFS Server. The server component installation went really smoothly – however, it was only when we installed the Client that we realized that the Release Management service was not right – we kept getting a 503 Service Unavailable error. I opened IIS and could see that the Release Management application pool was stopped. I started the app pool, but it immediately shut down. We checked the event log and saw a few obscure error messages about NullReferenceExceptions – nothing particularly helpful.

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