Team Foundation Server 2012–Out of Preview

imageEarlier this morning at the Build conference in Redmond it was announced that Team Foundation Service is now out of Preview! The new URL for the service is http://tfs.visualstudio.com. You can read about the changes here: http://tfs.visualstudio.com/en-us/pricing/information/

With this change, accounts are now accessible at http://<youraccountname>.visualstudio.com. The old tfspreview.com domain will continue to work for the foreseeable future, but you should plan on starting to use the new URL.

One difference is that you’ll need to type the full URL (i.e.: https://iedaddy.visualstudio.com) of your account into the Add Team Foundation Server dialog in Visual Studio. Notice that you need to use https:// as well. Rumor has it that this will not be needed after the first Visual Studio update, but for now you get to access it via SSL.

There are quite a few awesome little goodies that are included with the hosted version of TFS.  And if you happen to have an MSDN subscription then just sign up for the Free Plan today and you can use the service for free. When Microsoft begins charging in 2013, access to the service will be offered as a benefit—at no additional charge—for paid MSDN subscribers at these levels:

  • Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN
  • Visual Studio Premium with MSDN
  • Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN

The free plan includes these features:

  • Up to 5 users
  • Unlimited number of projects
  • Version control
  • Work item tracking
  • Agile planning tools
  • Feedback management
  • Build (still in preview)

So for those of you looking to evaluate the new Team Foundation Server 2012 or want an environment up and running without the hassle of doing the install and server provisioning, this is an awesome deal and a great value added feature for your MSDN subscription.

SharePoint 2013–Free Deployment Guide for SharePoint 2013 eBook

Microsoft released a free 510 page e-book about SharePoint 2013 Preview. Recently , Microsoft announced that SharePoint went officially RTM, but I believe most of the contents of this book will also apply to the RTM version.  This book provides deployment instructions for SharePoint 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who are ready to deploy SharePoint 2013

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This book covers everything that an IT pro needs to know about SharePoint 2013. It starts with how to design your farm, and how to install the servers and prerequisites all the way to how to configure your Service Applications and configure Resource Throttling.  You can download the e-book here in PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and of course DOC

Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 Preview

SharePoint 2013–Finally Goes RTM

SharePoint 2013 final build has finally been finished! Microsoft announced it on their blog here
Here is the exact blog post :

Today we reached an important milestone in the development of the new Office.

Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our consumer and business customers.

This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done. It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers.

General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability. Customers will also see a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26.

Additionally, we have a number of programs that provide business customers with early access so they can begin testing, piloting and adopting Office within their organizations:

  • We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in November through general availability.
  • Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1.
  • IT professionals and developers will be able to download the final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions by mid-November.

Please stay tuned for more specifics on general availability dates and other Office launch news. In the meantime, if you’d like to give the pre-release version a try, you can visit office.com/preview.

Thank you to the millions of people who have been testing early releases of the new Office. We are grateful for your support. Your invaluable feedback has helped us make the new Office the best Office ever.

Kirk Koenigsbauer
Corporate Vice President
Microsoft Office Division

TechNet and MSDN subscribers should be able to download it mid November!  Looking forward to the RTM version!

SharePoint 2010–Search Core Results Append Text To Query Causes Best Bets Not To Display

Had an interesting issue where my Best Bets web part stopped displaying the keywords when I added the IsDocument:true filter to the “Append Text To Query” box.  It turns out that on the backend the value in the box was being passed to the query engine along with the query value, so for instance “Minutes” (Which matches a keyword) became “Minutes IsDocument:true” (which is not).

After a bit of digging I came up with and interesting scenario – Since the first core results was causing the issue, what if I removed the filter condition from it (so it now triggered the best bets) and added a second core results with the filter I wanted?  Displaying both on the page for comparison I noticed the first unfiltered one triggered the best bets, and the second core result showed the filtered results that I wanted.

The solution was:

1. remove the IsDocument:true from the first (default) Search Core Results "Append Text to Query" box

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2. Add a second Search Core Results to the results page, add IsDocument:true to the second core results web part and position it in the spot right above the original core results web part.

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3. Hide the first core results web part (hidden checkbox under the layouts area)

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So now I have best bets triggering off of the first result set and being displayed in the best bets web part, but my second filtered core results web part is showing the filtered query set to the user.