Category Archives: Visual Studio

Build Template for TFS2010

I’ve had requests to provide a little more information regarding the multiple transformation article that I posted a long time ago.  Here is the build template for triggering the build on TFS 2010.  There is no explicit commands inside to invoke the multiple transformation.

Please rename the file to XAML, and edit the paths within to point to where your file is located.  You may also need the binaries from if you are editing in the UI designer

Also in this build template, I added the following

  • Add versioning to the compiled DLLs (based on TfsBuild.Versioning.Activities, link above)
  • Set Build Quality

Since the original post till today, the multiple transformation and build are still happening without issues.  Hope this helps!


Issue installing VS2015RC on certain VMs (Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 RC fails on Windows Server 2012)

I’m currently encountering issues with installing VS2015RC on some VMs that I have on hand (W2K12 upgraded to W2K12R2), as TFS XAML builds are not able to succeed without the presence of VS2015RC on them.  Symptoms of the errors I encounter include:

  1. Access Denied on various components during the installation
  2. Errors logged in installation log file

[1E58:06CC][2015-05-26T15:07:39]i301: Applying execute package: Windows81_x64, action: Install, path: C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\469A82B09E217DDCF849181A586DF1C97C0C5C85\packages\Patch\x86\Windows8.1-KB2999226-x64.msu, arguments: ‘”C:\Windows\SysNative\wusa.exe” “C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\469A82B09E217DDCF849181A586DF1C97C0C5C85\packages\Patch\x86\Windows8.1-KB2999226-x64.msu” /quiet /norestart’

[1E58:06CC][2015-05-26T15:07:39]e000: Error 0x80070005: Failed to open WU service.

[1E58:06CC][2015-05-26T15:07:39]e000: Error 0x80070005: Failed to ensure WU service was enabled to install MSU package.

[1E58:06CC][2015-05-26T15:07:39]e000: Error 0x80070005: Failed to execute MSU package.

[091C:14C8][2015-05-26T15:07:39]e000: Error 0x80070005: Failed to configure per-machine MSU package.

[091C:14C8][2015-05-26T15:07:39]i000: MUX:  Installation size in bytes for package: Windows81_x64 MaxAppDrive: 0  MaxSysDrive: 0  AppDrive: 0  SysDrive: 0

Managed to manually install the offending patch, but even after that, the installation still fails. (Thanks @sihuiwsh)

Apparently others have also encountered this problem, will keep an eye out and update here if a solution is found.(

TF30063: You are not authorized…!

But first, some background.  My connection to TFS is via HTTPS, using an internal CA signed SSL Cert.


HTTP works fine(using FQDN), but with custom domain names and HTTPS, sometimes it works, sometime it doesn’t.

When I connect to the HTTPS url via IE, the connection works, but no lock ICON appears.  If I repeat the same action inside the VS2013 browser (Ctrl-W, W), a revocation failure dialog sometimes pop up.  Regardless of selection, the authentication still fails.


I’ve tried the clear cookie method suggested, disabling cert revocation checks on the server (via netsh) and locally (via gpedit), or at least I think I did, but no luck yet.

This is irritating… Gah!

[Edit] Checked permissions as described here but still no go …

[Edit] Checked that server had a 3+ min delay compared to client, fixed that, cleared cache etc, but still no go…

[Edit] Seems to be no correlation between IE having a lock sign, and the revocation message inside VS browser.