Exam 70-512 – TS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration (preparation guide and skills links)

September 12, 2012

In preparing for the 70-512 TS Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 Administration certification, I have found a lack of adequate preparation materials.

In this post I will share my complete list of links which address each of the exam objectives as listed on the Microsoft Learning website.

Installing and Configuring TFS (27%)

Managing TFS (27%)

Customizing TFS for Team Use (24%)

Administering Version Control (23%)

I will update this as I find more relevant links.

Until next time. This is Jason Chin signing off.


Powershell: Verify if a application is installed (the right way)!

September 14, 2011

There are a few different ways to skin this problem… An initial search will point you in the direction of using WMI Win32_Product class. Avoid this at all costs for reasons mentioned here.

Use this approach instead:

gci "HKLM:\software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" | %{ gp $_.PSPath } | where {$_.DisplayName -match "{Application Name}"}


Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Macbook Pro (using Bootcamp)

September 10, 2011

A couple of quick tips (or reminders for me) when installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Macbook Pro Bootcamp partition:

1. Follow the steps detailed in the Bootcamp Installation & Setup guide.
2. Have the Bootcamp Drivers for windows saved to a removable drive for immediate installation following the completion of the OS installation process.
3. If you forget to install the Bootcamp Drivers for windows on the initial login you will need a USB keyboard to log into windows.
4. If you need to connect to a wireless network ensure that you enable the windows feature “Wireless LAN Service”

Thanks it!

Enable remote desktop connectivity on Windows Server 2008 R2

August 31, 2011

A quick note to those who have hit the same block when trying to enable remote desktop connectivity in a Windows Server 2008 R2 environment.

Ensure that the following windows services are started:

  • DNS Client
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication
  • SSDP Discovery
  • UPnP

Ensure that the computer is configured to allow remote desktop connections (under System Properties -> “Remote” tab.)

Ensure that under “Advanced sharing settings”, “Turn on network discovery” on option is selected. This property widow can be opened by clicking on the windows start button and searching for “advanced”.

That’s it!

Additional instructions for installing the ESB toolkit sample applications

January 2, 2011

When attempting to install the sample applications as supplied with the ESB Toolkit installation package, it is important to observe the order in which the sample applications are installed.

The order is incorrect when following the instructions supplied with the documentation and will result in missing dependancies like BizTalk applications, assemblies and policies.

To get the sample applications working install the sample applications in the following order:

  1. Itinerary on-ramp sample.
  2. Dynamic resolution sample.
  3. Resolver service sample

IIS warm up module for IIS 7.5

December 15, 2010

Improve the responsiveness of you web applications and web services by loading them before the first request arrives.

Download the IIS warm up module for IIS 7.5 by following the link:


BizTalk Server 2010 AppFabric Connect for Services

December 10, 2010

Using the recently released BizTalk Server 2010 AppFabric Connect for Services you can extend BizTalk Orchestrations and LOB applications into the cloud.

This post from the BizTalk Server team offers some situations where this feature may be useful.

This new feature pack can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=f7735a19-cdb3-4f52-8e7b-c58f04c5c86a