Thursday, 20 October 2016

Track service usage data in VSTS

Every TFS admin knows about the Operational Intelligence page. It is a very important tool for managing Team Foundation Server, which provides lots of useful information about service usage.

Nothing like that existed for VSTS, up until a few sprints ago. Now if you look at the Account level settings…

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The Usage tab is a revamped version of Operational Intelligence for VSTS! Of course you won’t be interested in the server-side jobs as it is a service, but here you can get all the usage audit about a certain user:

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It is worth noting that there are rate limits (the Usage column, expressed in Team Services Throughput Units), so you can be throttled or stopped if you are exceeding these – usually with an automated tool or a script. More about this here.

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