I'm very proud of Visual Studio Team System and what Microsoft have done here - I've blogged about it in the past a reasonable amount (between my big gaps). 

 

It is worth stating that tools like this take more then just installing to get the most out of them (you get a huge amount from just installing them but not everything).  So one of my team members (MarkW) has come up with a list of resources that can help you get the most from Team System.

 

If you are not using Team System and in particular Team Foundation Server (even if you only use Visual Studio Professional Edition) then I think you really should consider Team System.

Process Planning Guide

http://blogs.msdn.com/vstsue/articles/429078.aspx

 

Configuration and Management of Team Foundation Server

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/team/quickstarts/configure/default.aspx

 

Microsoft IT Showcase: Visual Studio 2005 Team System

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=43e098e5-9087-44d2-846f-d33ab3dd966a&displaylang=en

 

Deploying Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server As an Enterprise-Wide Service

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itshowcase/content/vsft_tcs.mspx

 

Planning for Team Foundation Server

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/team/quickstarts/tfs_plan/default.aspx

 

Team Foundation Server Adoption Evidence: Telemar

http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=1000003978

 

EDS Case Study

http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=200032

 

Deploying TFS in the Developer Division at Microsoft

http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2006/05/17/599817.aspx

 

Planning a Team Project

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms242894(VS.80).aspx

 

Latest Admin Guide

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2AED0ECC-1552-49F1-ABE7-4905155E210A&displaylang=en

 

TOOLS & PARTNER PRODUCTS

Team System Tools & Add-ins (inc. Requirements Gathering)
http://www.teamsystemwidgets.com

Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Client

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=87E1FFBD-A484-4C3A-8776-D560AB1E6198&displaylang=en

Sparx Enterprise Architect Integration

http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/products/mdg_integrate.html

 

WEB CLIENT

TeamPlain & Alternatives

http://www.devbiz.com/teamplain/webaccess/

Price on the site for the “Lite” version are $99, which gives access to Work Items but not reporting, source control or documents.  This may be enough for remote Testers and there are discounts for multiple licenses.

You also have the option of writing a simple Web Application for yourselves which would not be difficult.  There is sample code for doing this, available here:

http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/TFS-WorkItemTracking-Web.asp

 

TEAMPRISE FOR JAVA DEVELOPERS

TeamPrise Eclipse Plugin v2.0

http://www.woodwardweb.com/teamprise/000310.html

http://www.teamprise.com/news/2006/11/teamprise_20_now_available.html

Product Tour Video

http://www.teamprise.com/product/2.0_product_tour.html

 

PROCESS TEMPLATES

Osellus – Enacting RUP in VSTS

http://www.osellus.com/solutions/microsoft/rup-vsts_solutions.html

RUP - Automating Custom and Third-party Processes in Visual Studio 2005 Team System

http://www.osellus.com/solutions/microsoft/processes_automation_using_visual_studio_team_system_and_iris.html

Essential Unified Process

http://www.ivarjacobson.com/essup.cfm

Scrum (Conchango)

http://scrumforteamsystem.com/en/default.aspx

 

MIGRATION

VSS Converter

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms253060(vs.80).aspx

CVS Converter

http://www.componentsoftware.com/Products/Converter/cvs2tfs.htm

Migration Toolkit Blog

http://blogs.msdn.com/tfs_migration/default.aspx

 

LICENSING

Licensing Whitepaper

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1FA86E00-F0A3-4290-9DA9-6E0378A3A3C5&displaylang=en

 

MSDN SUBSCRIPTION COMPARISON

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa718657.aspx

 

EVENTS/TRAINING

REGISTER ONLINE: http://wwwppe/nz/msdn/visualstudio/training.mspx

 

BACKUP, RESTORE & AVAILABILITY

Backing Up the Team Foundation Server 

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms253151(VS.80).aspx

Ensuring Team Foundation Server Availability 

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms253159(VS.80).aspx

New Draft Documentation: Mirroring the Team Foundation Data-Tier Server

http://blogs.msdn.com/vstsue/archive/2006/11/03/mirroring-the-team-foundation-data-tier-server.aspx

High Availability TFS

http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2006/09/09/747905.aspx

Team Foundation Server Team Project Limits

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa974183(VS.80).aspx

 

BUILD

MSBuild reference

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/0k6kkbsd.aspx

MSBee (MSBuild for .Net 1.1)

http://www.gotdotnet.com/codegallery/codegallery.aspx?id=9ac94da5-8e5a-4a33-beda-9b8d00970371

How To: Update Assembly Version Numbers with MSBuild

http://blogs.msdn.com/msbuild/archive/2005/11/11/491947.aspx

Get Based on a Label

http://blogs.msdn.com/nagarajp/archive/2005/10/21/483590.aspx

Mixed VB6 & .Net Builds

You can use approach#2 mentioned in the blog http://blogs.msdn.com/nagarajp/archive/2005/10/26/485368.aspx. Replace the command line with appropriate VB6 command line and it should work.

 

DATABASE PROFESSIONAL

Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/teamsystem/aa718807.aspx

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/teamsystem/aa718764.aspx

Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals - CTP 7

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4410d601-6e0c-406a-ba7a-d12f868d1af7&displaylang=en

 

FUTURES & ROADMAP

Feature Specifications for Visual Studio and .NET Framework "Orcas"

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa948851.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2006/11/30/team-foundation-server-roadmap.aspx