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by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
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Notes from Tech-Ed session "Team Foundation Server for Everyone"


The video recording of Martin Woodward's two sessions at Tech-Ed, NA 2011, Team Foundation Server for Everyone & The Accidental Team Foundation Server Admin provide an overview of TFS 2010 in about 2 hours. Some notes -

  • TFS installation choices - Basic, Advanced
  • TFS Basic Wizard - most compact TFS installation possible, provides only Source Control, WorkItem Tracking & Build services; can even work with SQL Server Express
  • No requirement for Windows SharePoint Services, SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Supports client installations - Windows 7, Windows Vista
  • Grows when you grow - Client OS, Single server, Multi-server farms
  • x64 Support
  • Supports Java development
  • Team Foundation VSSConverter command-line tool can migrate projects, files, version history, labels, and user information from your Visual SourceSafe database to your server for Team Foundation version control. This tool is included with TFS.
  • Helps with Build Automation & Continuous Integration
  • Work Item Tracking enables you track everything you need to manage: Tasks, Bugs, User Feedback, Feature requests
  • Rich integration in Visual Studio / Eclipse
  • Full featured synchronization lets you work in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Project
  • Web Access lets you get to your work items
  • CodePlex uses TFS 2010 to manage 2.5 million users & 15000 Team Projects. Involves 4 Virtual Machine Application-Tier Farm with 10 Team Foundation Server Instances on 2 physical servers
  • Developer Division at Microsoft uses TFS - 42 instances, 19,700 unique users, 6,154 team projects, 7.9 million work items

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