I’m going to pause the tutorials for a quick post on an interesting challenge I had to solve over the past couple of days. I was installing Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server Power Tools and ran into a snag – it consistently failed to install. I’m not an expert on Microsoft’s installation technology (even though I worked there for a number of years), but I know quite a bit more after this latest adventure!
Team Foundation Server is Microsoft’s application lifecycle management product – it manages source code, task assignments, bug tracking, and a whole lot more. It’s actually a pretty good product. It allows me to delve into my current project’s code metrics pretty deeply, but I really needed to Power Tools installed to generate some custom notifications.
Well, downloading the tools was easy, but every time I’d try to install, I’d get an insidious error: “Error 1001.” You see, we’re not even to Error 1721 yet. With Error 1001, that’s all I got. No other descriptive text. No hints. Nothing. Just…Error…1001.