Saturday, November 03, 2007

TFS Build Lab 1.0 Released

TFSBuildLab 1.0 is released on CodePlex, it is a project to simplify the day to day operations when using automated builds on TFS.

This project handles common Team System issues such as:

  • Continuous integration builds
  • Scheduled builds
  • Build queueing
  • Event notifications
  • Manual and automated build cleanup

Below is a list of 1.0 features


  • Automatic rescheduling when adding new scheduled trigger.
  • A report for displaying statistics from the triggers and retention policies.
  • Support for overriding build script parameters both for CI and queued builds.
  • Support for only deleting the build drops.
  • Support for configuring retention policies based on build quality.
  • Performance improvements by introducing caching

Admin Client

  • Added feedback when delteing multiple builds.
  • Support for forcing recaching on the server.
  • Support for overriding build script parameters on queued builds.
  • Support for overriding build script parameters on triggers.
  • Added range paramters when listing log entries to limit the result data.

Checkin Policies

  • Removed the need for TfsBuildLab when using the restricted paths policy.

Build Task

  • New custom build task to use overloaded parameters (LoadOverriddenProperty)

Many of these issues are handled in the upcoming TFS release, but they wanted to have a good implementation until then and was also aiming to be as forward-compatible as possible.

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