Moving to Team Foundation Server 2010

I love it when a new wave of releases comes out from Microsoft. Sure, there’s more to learn and absorb, but more importantly it’s time to apply planning and installation exercises with new technologies. When it comes to planning solution architecture, you have to keep testing your methodologies – “Does our approach to planning for MOSS 2007 work as well for SharePoint 2010?” for example. I enjoy this exercise.

The technology team here recognized on Monday that now was the time to move our client projects to the new platforms – run our tests, address compatibility issues, etc. My tasks were focused on planning and performing the migration of Dynamics CRM and Team Foundation Server solutions to a new lab environment. The CRM was not really a platform migration; we simply decided that it needed a new home. However, we are all anxious to start leveraging the latest and greatest with TFS.

For those who are still using Visual SourceSafe, I’m truly sorry. The good news is that now is your chance to make the move to TFS (i.e. convince your program manager that it’s time to make the move). I saw this announcement at a Microsoft partner event last fall and still cannot believe the price point on TFS 2010. Essentially, if you have an MSDN license, you’ve got TFS:

Next Question: does TFS 2010 support the new technologies we want to use: Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint Server 2010? Yes, Yes, and Yes. AS you can see from this excellent blog, the setup and administration capabilities have been vastly improved. I remember conversations with TFS 2005/2008 architects wherein they outlined the pain involved in getting all of the components to play nicely together. In 2010, the setup operations have been separated from the install – very similar to the approach taken with SharePoint ( and SSRS before it) – the result is a set of optional features which can be turned on after you have confirmed that more important features are working (like say, project collections and builds)

Here are the critical downloads for getting your team up and running with TFS 2010:

Team Foundation Installation Guide for Visual Studio 2010

Administration Guide for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server

I found this Upgrade Guide also very, very useful:


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