"The item does not exist at the specified version"

If you ever get this error from TFS, then double-check that the item you’re requesting does actually exist in the repository. I was having this problem with one of our projects, where I was asking TFS for the latest version of this item:

$/Online Services Solution Template/Main/Source

But after much investigation (including querying the TFS SQL database directly) I discovered that the correct item name was in fact:

$/Online Services Solution Templates/Main/Source

So another way to read that error message would be as “I can’t find an item with that name, are you sure you typed it correctly?”

Written on February 12, 2008