With Soma's announcement today, Visual Studio and TFS 2010 Beta 2 are now available for download for MSDN subscribers.  The most exciting part of the TFS 2010 Beta 2 release is the debut of TFS Basic.  Brian Harry describes TFS Basic in detail in a post called TFS 2010 for SourceSafe Users.  Don't think about it as just for SourceSafe customers though.  Beta 2 is a "go-live" release, and I recommend checking out Brian Keller's post to Get read to "go live' with Team Foundation Server Beta 2.

TFS Basic will install on Windows 7 and Windows Vista.  Prior to Basic, you were required to have a Windows Server OS to install TFS.  So if you want TFS on your laptop, you can do it now.  Basic will automatically install the pre-requisites of IIS, ASP.NET, and SQL Server Express for you.  Just pop in the disk (virtually speaking) and go.  It's that easy.

Also, TFS 2010 (not just Basic) will now install on a domain controller. This was a request we heard fairly often from users, and we were able to add support in 2010.

TFS Basic is the same product as regular TFS except that you can use SQL Express, and you don't configure SharePoint or SQL Reporting Services.  It has all of the same version control, build, and bug tracking features.

Another great change we made in 2010 is in the configuration and administration of the server.  The vast majority of administrative tasks can now be done through the TFS Admin Console GUI.  Brian wrote quite a bit about this in the post, TFS 2010 Admin, Operations, & Setup Improvements.

Team System Web Access is now part of the product.  On a server with TFS installed, it is available at http://yourserver:8080/tfs.

You can upgrade from either TFS 2005 or TFS 2008 to TFS 2010.  The TFS 2005 users do not need to upgrade to TFS 2008 first.  Do follow the upgrade guide, though, because TFS 2005 users will need to upgrade from SQL 2005 to SQL 2008 and upgrade to SharePoint 3.0.

A 2010 version of the TFS 2008 Power Tools is not yet available.  We are planning to release an update to them, but we aren't yet able to share the timeframe.  Stay tuned.

Visit the MSDN forum Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 to post questions and get answers from the product team, MVPs, and the community.

Update [10/19/2006]   We have released a patch (download) for Team Explorer 2008 to handle some compatibility issues when using it with a 2010 server.  You can read about those issues in a blog post covering the full compatibility story for 2005 and 2008 clients with a 2010 server.  We plan to release a similar patch for Team Explorer 2005 around the time of TFS 2010 RTM.

For anyone just getting started with TFS 2010, I highly recommend reading Brian's post that covers the key concepts for TFS 2010.

If you are not doing a simple installation, you'll want to follow the TFS Installation Guide.  Be sure to follow the instructions on the download page to "unblock" the CHM file.

Finally, be sure to take a look through the TFS 2010 Beta 2 Readme, as there are known issues you'll need to know about (after all, it's a beta for a reason).

If you had Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 installed, you'll want to read this before installing VS 2010 Beta 2.