Work item history display revision change even though no field values were updated

by XDK 15. April 2014 13:36


  1. History displays all changes to Rev field through service account when iteration path nodes are modified
  2. Changed date and Changed by field values are updated automatically


This issue occur when we rename, move, or make any changes to the iteration path nodes in TFS web portal settings.

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TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

Build.targets (19): TF10131: The shelveset name _Build_XXXXX?queueId=XXXX contains more than 64 characters, contains one of the following characters: "/:<>\|*?; or ends with a space. Type a valid name and try again. Build.targets (19): The "Get" task failed unexpectedly.

by XDK 14. April 2014 11:41


This error occurs when attempting a gated checkin following environment:

* TFS 2012 Update 3 or earlier updates application server

* TFS 2010 SP1 Build Server

* "UpgradeTemplate.xaml" used for build process


This is a known issue that has been fixed with TFS 2012 Update 4

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Azure DevOps on-premises | TFS 2010 | TFS 2012

How to install TFS update on TFS Servers?

by XDK 9. April 2014 20:32


1. Log on to your TFS App tier

Note : Make sure you had backed up all databases related to TFS before installing the update

2. Use TFSServiceControl quiesce command to ensure that all necessary operations, services, and application pools are stopped for maintenance tasks

  • TFSServiceControl quiesce

3. Install the update.

4. Run the TFS Admin console tool to configure the TFS App Tier for installed update.

5. Use TFSServiceControl unquiesce command to start all necessary operations, services, and application pools for TFS

  • TFSServiceControl unquiesce 

If you have multiple app tier(s), proceed with step 1 to 3 on each app tier one by one first and then proceed with step 4 and 5 on each app tier one by one.

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TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

Could not connect to TFS server within Eclipse plugin from linux OS

by XDK 25. March 2014 07:35


TFS user was not able to connect to TFS through Eclipse plugin from linux box. TFS connection hangs forever. When I tried to debug, I found the user was not able connect to intranet\internet within Eclipse IDE.


Enabled the proxy settings in the Eclipse IDE. Following are the steps

1. Open Eclipse

2. Go to "Windows" --> " Preferences" menu

3. Expand "general"

4. Select  "Network Connections"

5. Select "Active Provider" as manual

6. Select " HTTP " --> click "Edit"  --> Enter Host as "Your proxy server" and port as "Your proxy server port (usually 80)" --> click "ok" --> click "ok" --> click "apply"

7. Restart "Eclipse"

8. Try connecting to TFS Server.



Azure DevOps on-premises | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

How to enable the TFS add-in for excel?

by XDK 18. March 2014 11:33


  • Open Excel
  • Click on “File” --> “Option” menu
  • Click on “Add-Ins”
  • Search for “Team Foundation Add-in”
  • If you see “Team Foundation Add-in” under “Disabled Application Add-in”
  • Select “Disabled Items” and click “Go” button  
  • Select “Team Foundation Add-in” and click “Enable”
  • Close and reopen excel


TFS 2010 | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

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