Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Team Foundation Server 2008 SP1 Preview

Brian Harry just posted about the many new impressive features and changes coming out in TFS 2008 service pack 1. It is quite a comprehensive blog post and well worth the time to read through it. Check it out at "Team Foundation Server 2008 SP1 Preview".


List of features:

Version Control

  • Add to Source Control
  • Drag & Drop
  • Version control of unbound files
  • Simpler working folder mappings
  • Checkin date/time column
  • Local Path is now a link
  • Editable source location
  • Download files to a stream

Work Item Tracking

  • Ribbon support for Office 2007
  • Easily email work items

TFS Build

  • Easily locate TFSBuild.proj file
  • Conditionalize builds on the trigger
  • Detect test result
  • Dynamically created properties
  • Reduce build log noise
  • Query build definitions across Team Projects

Visual SourceSafe migration tool (vssconverter.exe)

  • Elimination of namespace conflicts
  • Automatic solution rebinding
  • Correction of timestamp issues
  • Improved logging

Other areas

  • SQL 2008 support
  • Team System Web Access links
  • # of projects per sever
  • Create Team Projects with a script

Performance & Scale

  • Improved syncing identities from Active Directory
  • Improved checkin concurrency
  • tf branch /checkin
  • Online index rebuilding
  • Team build support for very large checkins
  • Faster security manager
  • tf get /remap


You can't download any prerelease version of the Service Pack yet, but it shouldn't be too long now.

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