How to access my OneDrive for Business on my Windows phone

by Donovan Brown 17. October 2014 18:35

Problem:

I want to be able to access my OneDrive for Business account on my Windows Phone. However, in the store I can only find the OneDrive application that is for my personal OneDrive account.  

Solution:

Open the Office application and swipe to “places”.  At the bottom you will see Office 365.  

Click that link and log into your corporate account.  After you do you will now have access to your OneDrive for Business files from within the Office application.

 

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Why is my Visual Studio 2013 Command Prompt impossible to find on Windows 8

by Donovan Brown 13. October 2014 01:06

Problem:

I can’t find the Visual Studio 2013 Developer Command Prompt!

Solution:

Press the Windows key and type "Visual Studio" on the Start screen, and then select "Visual Studio Tools". This will open a File Explorer that contains the command prompt.  Do yourself a favor and right click the item and select "Pin to Start" so you never have to search for it again!

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Where are my diagnostic build logs?

by Donovan Brown 12. October 2014 22:00

Problem:

I am trying to customize TfvcTemplate.12.xaml and can’t increase the verbosity level any longer.

Solution:

Open the desired build and click the Diagnostics menu and select View Logs.

Explanation:

In the past there was an argument on the build template that allowed you to control the output verbosity.  However, in the new template that argument has been removed and is hardcoded to “Normal” on the call the msbuild.  Nevertheless, the data is being captured in the logs placed in the drop location.

Simply double click on the xml files.  If you are prompted for how to open the file select Internet Explorer.  There is an xsl file that will format the data making it easy to read in Internet Explorer.

You can read more here.

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How to connect SQL Server Data Tools 2012 to TFS 2013

by Donovan Brown 12. October 2014 18:22

Problem:

I installed SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition with SP1 with SQL Server Data Tools and I need to version my projects in TFS 2013.

Solution:

The IDE for SQL Server Data Tools is Visual Studio 2010 Shell.

By installing Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer 2010, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 and Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Team Foundation Server Compatibility GDR you will be able to connect to TFS 2013.

You can read more about the compatibility between Team Foundation clients and Team Foundation Server here

Please note that when you connect to a more recent version of TFS than that of the client, you only have access to those features supported by your client. You cannot access any features that Visual Studio 2010 does not support.

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Open new tab in PowerShell ISE without using the mouse

by Donovan Brown 11. October 2014 21:46

Often while using PowerShell ISE I find the need to open additional files, however, I hate using the mouse.  There is a nice command you can use to quickly open a new tab in the current instance of PowerShell ISE.  Simply type ‘ise’ followed by the path to the file to open.

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Track current location in PowerShell Title Bar

by Donovan Brown 11. October 2014 19:45

CLIs or Command-line interfaces are great tools but can become difficult to use when you are buried deep into the file system.  The prompt becomes so long that your commands begin to wrap onto additional lines making it hard to identify errors.

However, with PowerShell you can move the current location into the title bar leaving your command prompt nice and neat.

To do this simply create a PowerShell profile.ps1 file that contains the following line:

   function Prompt{ $host.ui.rawui.windowtitle = "$pwd" }

Place this file in the %UserProfile%\My Documents\WindowsPowerShell\ folder and the next time you start PowerShell your prompt will remain PS> regardless of the folder you navigate too.

You can read more about PowerShell Profiles here.

Below is a profile.ps1 file you can use.

profile.ps1 (57.00 bytes)

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Release Management Error - Permission denied while trying to connect to the target machine

by Donovan Brown 7. October 2014 02:35

Problem:

I get the following error when I attempt a DSC release with Release Management:

Permission denied while trying to connect to the target machine Demo on the port:5985 via power shell remoting.

Solution:

Don't overlook the obvious.  Triple check the password of the account in the "Deploy To Standard Environment" activity.

The account used here must have permission to connect via power shell remoting.  If that fails try adding the source to the TrustedHosts of the remote machine.  You can read how here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh847850.aspx.

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Reschedule a defered release

by Donovan Brown 1. October 2014 01:12

Problem:

 I accepted a release and deferred the deployment to a later date but now I want to change the date of the release.

Solution:

You have two options.  If you simply want to release the code now you can click the Allow Deployment Now button on the release's log page.

If you want to change the date of the release simply click the Properties link and adjust the time and save your changes.

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Does Team Explorer Everywhere support Git

by Donovan Brown 1. October 2014 00:48

While speaking at the Dog Food Conference I was asked if Team Explorer Everywhere (the TFS plugin for Eclipsed based IDE) supported Git source control.  I actually did not know and promised to find out.  It just so happens that the 2013 release of Team Explorer Everywhere does have support for Git as explained in Brian Harry's post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2013/11/03/team-explorer-everywhere-2013-is-available.aspx

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Missing WinRMPort in Server DNSName xxx

by Donovan Brown 25. September 2014 22:56

Problem

 From Release Management I am getting the following error when I attempt a DSC deployment
“Missing WinRMPort in Server DNSName xxx”

Solution

Make sure and include the port when adding a server to your environment.

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About the author

My name is Donovan Brown and I am a Technology Specialist for DevTools with Microsoft with a background in application development.  I also run one of the Nation’s fastest growing online registration sites for motorsports events DLBRacing.com.  When I am not writing software I race cars for fun.  DLBRacing.com has given me the opportunity to combine my two passions writing software and racing cars.

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