FIX: A resource name appears as two separate resources in Microsoft Project when you assign the resource name in Visual Studio 2005 Team System

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SYMPTOMS

When you assign a resource name in a team project in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System, the resource name may appear as two or more resources when you try to manage the project in Microsoft Project. This problem may occur when you use the comma delimiter to separate the last name, the first name, and the middle initial of a resource name in Visual Studio 2005 Team System.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because Microsoft Project uses a comma to distinguish between resources that are in a string. If a comma is included in the resource name in Visual Studio 2005 Team System, Microsoft Project interprets the resource name as two resources, instead of as one resource.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported feature that modifies the product's default behavior is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to modify only the behavior that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that specifically require it. This feature may receive additional testing. Therefore, if the system is not severely affected by the lack of this feature, we recommend that you wait for the next Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System that contains this feature.

To obtain this feature immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support

Prerequisites

You must have Visual Studio 2005 Team System installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

Hotfix file information

The English version of this hotfix for Visual Studio 2005 Team System has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Microsoft.TeamFoundation.OfficeIntegration.Project.dll8.0.50727.167143,36016-Jun-200609:37

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

After you install this hotfix, Visual Studio 2005 Team System maps the following delimiters to Microsoft Project as default settings in new Visual Studio 2005 Team System projects:
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Visual Studio 2005 Team System delimiterMicrosoft Project delimiter
CommaSemicolon
SemicolonColon
PeriodColon
If you want to use other characters as delimiters, update the mapping of your project by using a new mapping file. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Use the Process Template manager to download the appropriate templates for the project that you want to update.
  2. Locate the directory where you downloaded the templates.
  3. Locate the following template files:
    • The Filemapping.xml file for projects that have been created by using the MSF for Agile Software Development template
    • The Fieldmapping.xml file for projects that have been created by using the MSF for CMMI Process Improvement template
  4. Change the delimiter to another character. In the following example, the comma delimiter in the WorkItemTrackingCharacter element is mapped to an asterisk in the ProjectCharacter element in the ResourceNameSeparator tag.
    <ResourceNameSeparator WorkItemTrackingCharacter="," ProjectCharacter="*"/>
    
    
    The modified mapping file should resemble the following.
    <LinksField   ProjectField="pjTaskText26" />
    <SyncField   ProjectField="pjTaskText25" />
    <ResourceNameSeparator WorkItemTrackingCharacter="," ProjectCharacter="*"/>
    </Mappings>
    
  5. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  6. At the command prompt, type cd\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE, and then press ENTER.
  7. At the command prompt, type tfsfieldmapping.exe upload tfsserver project path, and then press ENTER.

    Note In this step, tfsserver is a placeholder for the name of the Visual Studio 2005 Team System server, project is a placeholder for the name of the Visual Studio 2005 Team System project, and path is a placeholder for the location of the mapping file.
  8. Repeat steps 1 through 7 for each project that was created before you applied this hotfix.

REFERENCES

For more information about how to download or upload a Microsoft Project field mapping file, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms404687.aspx
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 919232 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
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