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Tackling TFS

Team Foundation Server (TFS) is an excellent version control and workflow automation system that is very popular among Microsoft C#, ASP.NET/.net programmers. TFS enjoys a seamless integration with Visual Studio and has a compelling usage model. It has been my experience that TFS is primarily used on Windows although I am aware that it is available on Unix. Tackling TFS and all of its intricacies is not a small task. Recently, I had the pleasure of installing Team Foundation Server and taking the deep diving into understanding both the usage and administration of this product. This begins a series of articles on my own experience with coming up to speed in TFS 2010.

Server Installation


The first step is to download the ISO image and install the product on a test machine (I used VMware Player to create a sandbox). Next I went through the installation process which was pretty straightforward. I am working on a detailed checklist showing all of the steps that I took to install TFS.




Database Topology


TFS uses SQL Server to store not only the metadata but the actually source code and other configuration items as well. You can either create a simple or a complex topology and there are many excellent articles (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms400682(v=vs.100).aspx) that go into detail on how to do this. Essentially you will either choose a centralized SQL Server or simply install the database on a drive where you have installed TFS. Obviously, installing TFS on your C drive is bad idea because you may run out of space on your C drive at some point and actually crash your server as a result. My preference is to use a dedicated database server but I have also installed the SQL Server database for TFS on a local drive (as long as I can add storage and won’t crash the server if I run out of space).


TFS Security


TFS Security is a very complex topic and I am preparing an article to show I handled my own TFS Security requirements.


TFS Resources


There are many excellent online resources for learning TFS – here are a couple of the links that I used to help me get up to speed.


Future – TFS Branching and baselining

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