February 25, 2010 10:58 AM
by Ed Blankenship
I’ve had a few questions about the missing Alerts Editor node in Team Explorer after installing the TFS 2010 RC Power Tools so I thought I’d share with everyone. First, Alerts Editor has been renamed to Alerts Explorer in the TFS 2010 Power Tools release. Next, you’ll notice that in the TFS 2008 Power Tools, that a node existed underneath each Team Project shown below.
You’ll see that in the TFS 2010 Power Tools, it’s no longer available as a node under each team project but rather available from the context menu of the Team Project Collection node and named “Alerts Explorer.”
There is a rich eventing & alerting system in TFS that allows end users to self-subscribe to alerts that meet different criteria. These alerts can either be e-mail alerts or SOAP-based alerts to a web service URL. (SOAP subscriptions can only be created by Team Foundation Server Administrators.) By opening up the Alerts Explorer, you can see any of the subscriptions that you currently have created on the server.
Also, you can create new alerts based on some out of the box templates like “Work Items Assigned to Me” or “Failed Builds.” This is a good starting off point for creating alerts and allows you to further customize the filter criteria to your specifications.
Tip: As shown in the screenshot above, if you don’t want to receive an e-mail alert whenever you actually change something, be sure to include the “Authorized As <> Your Name” clause.
You also get some handy context menus around the Team Explorer UI to help you to easily create subscriptions. For example, if there is a particular work item (like a bug) that you want to get e-mail alerts anytime someone changes it, just choose “Alert on Change..” from the context menu on that work item. You’ll find some other context menu items for Alerts in other places so have fun finding them!
I set up the Alerts for "Building Complete" but no email was received after the build was done. Then realized that I may need to modify in the build server. Since I am still new in TFS, would you please share more about that? I looked at the post in https://tfsalerts.codeplex.com/ but stuck in the second step (2. Install to a web server (suggest your TFS web frontend))? I do have the IIS installed in the build server. Thanks much for the help! LHu
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Ed Blankenship is a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online. I am an author of a few books, former Microsoft MVP of the Year, and former ALM consultant. I hold Office Hours each week if you are interested in chatting.
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