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Team Foundation Server


Definition

Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration tool server for Visual Studio Team System.

It combines software build management, software development process model, team portal, version control, work item tracking, and business intelligence into a unified server.

TFS allows better team collaboration in an effort to ensure better quality software.


Getting Started with TFS

Because TFS is large and encompassing, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

The answer could depend on your role.


TFS Administrator Tasks

  • Set up new servers
  • Create new team projects
  • Creating backups and restore data
  • Security configuration management



Team Explorer

Team Explorer


Project Lead Tasks

  • Monitor day-to-day activity
  • Create queries and reports
  • Assign work items
  • Monitor project activities


Project Members

  • Members of the project team
  • Individuals must know their roles on the project
  • Understand how to use source control


TFS Concepts
  • Collaboration
  • Enhanced Communication
  • Project Portal
  • Team Explorer
  • Alerts
  • Source Control
  • Builds
  • Tracking Work Status
  • Work Item History
  • Queries
  • Microsoft Project and Excel Integration
  • Reports
  • Roles
  • Roles in Help Documentation
  • Roles in Process
  • Security Groups
  • Process Enactment
  • Tool Integration
  • Integration in the Integrated Development Environment
  • Team Foundation Extensibility
  • Integration with Other Tools


TFS Integration with VisualStudio

One of the advantages of TFS is the integration with VisualStudio.

Developers love the way TFS seamlessly works with VisualStudio.

TFS allows developers to easily flip between multiple version control tool inside of VisualStudio. It is as easy as a couple of clicks the developer can flip between TFS, VSS and Subversion. It works like a dream.

Project Managers like to use the item tracking for task tracking. TFS Item Tracking easily integrates into Microsoft Project. Giving the Project Manager greater project control.

TFS allows project groups. These allow for the setting of different permissions based on roles. Here are the out-of-the-box roles:

  • Readers - Members of this group have access to the team project
  • Project Administrators - Members of this group can perform all operations in the team project
  • Contributors - Members of this group can add, modify and delete items within the team project
  • Build Services - Members of this group have build service permissions for the team project. For service accounts only

You can also create additional groups to fit your development structure and process.


TFS Resource

For information about Team Foundation Server Licensing



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