I know it's been a long time coming and we've had quite a few false starts but it is finally available.  Not a week goes by that someone doesn't check with me on when they could get it so I know there's a fair number of people out there waiting for it.  We've been piloting it with a couple of customers for a couple of months now and we wanted to make sure we had resolved all of the issues they hit before we released it.  A few last minute issues and a complex publishing process made it hard to say for sure when it would be available, but wait no longer...

I think you will find this tool to be a valuable addition for monitoring and managing your TFS 2008 server (it doesn't work on TFS 2005).  Further, it requires System Center Operations Manager 2007.  You will find the download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=28c745b5-28cc-474a-a5fd-944c246d7727&displaylang=en,  You can also go to the System Center Operations Manager Catalog and search for it by selecting "System Center Operations Manager 2007" and entering TFS as a keyword.

Overview

The Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2008 Management Pack monitors exposed services of TFS. This management pack includes event rules and monitors. It is designed to proactively monitor quality and availability of TFS services and even automate recovery in some scenarios.

Feature Summary

  • Auto discovery of TFS components
  • Leverages ASP.NET MP and SQL MP
  • Implements containment hierarchy reflecting logical architecture of the Product
  • Implements a proper health model using Monitors
  • Contains tasks, diagnostic and recovery for certain failures
  • Events indicating service outages
  • Alerts indicating configuration issues and connected data source changes
  • Verification that all dependant services are running
  • Targeted running of BPA against TFS Servers from Operator Console

I want to thank the VSTS Ranger team for all of their work in putting this together and getting it shipped.  They've done a terrific job delivering add-ons and guidance for Team System over the past few years and this is one more in a long string of accomplishments.

Brian