We’ve been working with a variety of hosters for the past 18 months or so.  One of those hosters is TeamDevCentral.  TeamDevCentral provides a variety of options for paid hosting of TFS.

The new, really cool thing they they have just released is a new, free TFS hosted trial.  It’s a great easy way to get started with TFS.  I signed up myself yesterday and it was really easy.  I got the “welcome” email within about 30 minutes after I signed up.

Unfortunately the Microsoft firewall doesn’t allow https traffic over the default (8081) port.  I’m told that if you can’t get your firewall changed, they can help you with custom ports.  I’m still working with Microsoft IT to figure out the port situation but I tried it at home last night and it worked like a champ.  It was easy, it was fast.

TeamDevCentral will also provide guidance during the trial so your learning curve will be a lot less steep.  If you already have Team Explorer on your machine (or if you just want to use web access), you can be up and running in no time.  If not, then you can download the Team Suite trial in the link below.

There are, of course, other trial options for TFS.  You can check out this Microsoft site to see the options: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/try/default.mspx.

Brian