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TFS: Undoing a checkout that belongs to another user – via TFS Version Control and more

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2010/07/01

I recently needed to undo a TFS checkout from a user on another workspace.
This particular user had an exclusive lock on the document, was scheduled to be away for considerable time, and I was supposed to finalize that document.

I know that performing the undo is not possible from the Visual Studio UI: you need use the TF command-line application for this kind of work.

Fiddling on my own with the TF undo syntax didn’t get me the results right away, so I was glad to find this “Undoing a checkout that belongs to another user” post by mrod (Mario Rodriguez) from Microsoft.

The trick was to include the bold part:

tf undo /workspace:OtherUserWorkspace;OtherUser $/Project/ItemName.cs /s:http://yourtfsserver:8080

You have to be TFS admin to do this.
Since I was on the same TFS server, I did not have to include the /s: part.

Another project finished :)

–jeroen

via Undoing a checkout that belongs to another user – TFS Version Control and more .. – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

3 Responses to “TFS: Undoing a checkout that belongs to another user – via TFS Version Control and more”

  1. [...] to Override/Undo a Check Out (TFS Power Tools, “Find In Source Control”): http://wiert.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/tfs-undoing-a-checkout-that-belongs-to-another-user-via-tfs-ve… LD_AddCustomAttr("AdOpt", "1"); LD_AddCustomAttr("Origin", "other"); [...]

  2. Anthony Monsees said

    This can also be accomplished within Visual Studio if you have the TFS power tools installed. You have to do a “Find in Source Control” to list all the checked out files and then right click and select undo.

    -Anthony

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