How to setup Hotmail / Windows Live Mail in Thunderbird email client

Forget Microsoft Outlook, now you can check all your e-mail accounts (Microsoft Exchange, Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo) in one place using Mozilla’s open-source Thunderbird e-mail client and the Webmail extension. Here’s how: (This tutorial is applicable for Windows and Linux users) First you need to download and install Thunderbird from here (6.4MB windows, 11MB Linux). Setting … Read more

Painless TFS 2005 to TFS 2008 Upgrade

Some say that you should uninstall TFS 2005 first, but I found just installing TFS 2008 over top of the existing installation worked fine.We didn’t have to upgrade to Sharepoint 3.0 so all we needed to do was to install the Sharepoint Extensions.  Tip #1: TFS Build – use Network Services account.Tip #2: To upgrade … Read more

How to Turn on / Enable Remote Desktop in Vista

Remote Desktop is disabled by default in Windows Vista, but it’s easy enough to turn it back on. If you need to access your Vista PC from another box, it’s an essential thing to turn on. To get to the configuration page, you can either right-click the Computer icon and choose properties, or you can … Read more

How to Completely Remove Windows Sharepoint Services 2.0 (WSS) so that you can reinstall in Server Farm Mode

You may have installed WSS 2.0 using the default configuration only to find out later that to use this for TFS 2005, you need to install it using Server Farm mode. When you use the Add or Remove Programs control panel to remove Windows SharePoint Services from a server, it calls a command-line operation, stsadm … Read more

Steps to Install Team Foundation Server 2005

Installing Microsoft Team Foundation Server is a ridiculously arduous and difficult process. I’ll spare you my own complaints and simply list the checklist for installing this beast. This assumes you’re installing TFS in a domain-enabled environment and in single-server mode; this is the typical configuration for a small-to-medium-size organization: Designate a machine to host your … Read more