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TFS2012: Installed and Configured TFS, What’s next? Part 1


About TFS Blog Series

This blog post is part of a blog series to introduce Team Foundation Server to new users. The blog series will also contain articles targeting intermediate and expert users.  I will be using Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 1 and Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 throughout the series. If you have any questions or you want me to cover a specific topic, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Expertise Level

Beginner

Introduction

In this post I am using TFS2012 Express but the article applies to the full version TFS and the TFS Service editions. One of the common questions I get from users who are new to TFS is what should they do after they install and configure Team Foundation Server. In this post I will answer that question.

Lets Understand

I will start by explaining the topology in TFS. A TFS server’s application tier contains one more more Project Collections which consist of one or more Team Projects. Each Team Project follows a Process Template which helps the team following a process methodology. A Team Project also holds the code repository for your application and the Team Build template which is run by the the Team Build Service.

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Project Collections

After you had installed and configured TFS, you will notice that you had a Default Collection.

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Open the TFS Admin Console and click on the Team Project Collection Node as shown in the following figure.

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Each Project Collection maps to a databases in SQL Server.

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You need to create a Project Collection when you want to isolate a number of Team Projects. Each project collection has its own security and group membership settings. Each project collection can have its own Database backup strategy.

Team Projects

A Team Project is a container that holds a code repository and the project process artifacts.

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Connect To Team Foundation Server

The easiest way to create a Team Project is from Visual Studio. Launch Visual Studio 2012. Click on Team Explorer tab or View—>Team Explorer.

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Connect to TFS by either.

Clicking on the Connect to a Team Project link.

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or clicking on the drop down, Projects and My Teams —>Connect to Team Projects.

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If your is already listed in the Connect to Team Foundation Server dialog, selected it, then select the Project Collection and click the Connect button.

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If the TFS server is not listed, click on the Servers —> Then the add button and type in your TFS server Url.

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Then select the project collection and click on the Connect button as shown above.

Create a Team Project

From Team Explorer window, click on the Create a New Team Project link

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Click on the Next button

Select a Process Template and click the Next button. To learn more about the process templates, check out this page http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/hh533801.aspx

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On the next screen, you need to create your source code repository. Notice the $ sign. The $ sign indicates that the path is server path.

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After you have created the team project, you can see that it is listed under the Team Projects tab for that Project Collection

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