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UPDATE Feb 16 2012: All the videos referenced in this blog post have been re-recorded with the latest version of Team Foundation Service Preview. While the links remain the same, the videos pointed to by those links have been updated in-place.
As you may have read by now, today is an exciting day. At the BUILD conference we just announced the availability of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Service Preview at tfspreview.com. This is our next generation in application lifecycle management, agile project management and software development collaboration services based on the next version of Team Foundation Server running on the Windows Azure platform. If you want a quick overview of the Team Foundation Service preview then check out this quick video over on Channel 9.
We’ve been working on this for a while now and there is plenty of work remaining, however we are ready to take the next step and open it up to a broader audience to try so that we can get feedback and gain experience to make the service better and better. The service preview requires an invitation code at the moment to be able to create an account. If you have yours then head on over to tfspreview.com to create your account then come back here to read more about what you can do with it.
For those of you lucky enough to have your invite and want to learn more (or if you want something to do while you wait for one of your friends to invite you) then we just uploaded some video tutorials to Channel 9.
Find out how to get started with tfspreview.com. Once you have your invitation code we show you how to create an account and create your first team project. We then take a look around some of the key feature areas in your Team Foundation Service Preview account. Finally we look at how to install the update into Visual Studio to allow you to connect to the Team Foundation Service Preview from Visual Studio 2010.
Now that you have an account for the Team Foundation Service preview, we look at how to add and configure new members to your teams. We also do a deep dive into the security configuration capabilities of Team Foundation Server and find out how to check the effective permissions of a user or group through the web site.
Agile Project Management
Some of the powerful new features of the Team Foundation Service preview are the new agile planning tools. We show use of the product backlog tool to easily prioritize work by simply dragging and dropping backlog items in the list as well as how to decompose work on the backlog into epics and stories. Then we look at planning a sprint, entering team capacity and visualizing progress using the burn down charts. Finally, we show how to use the built in task boards to manage the work throughout the sprint while keeping an eye on the progress of your team.
Using Visual Studio, Microsoft Test Manager, and Eclipse
It’s not just about the web. In this video, we look at using the Team Foundation Service Preview from Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Test Manager 2010 and Eclipse to manage your code and track your work items.
We look at how to configure and use a build server in your own organization for use with the Team Foundation Service Preview. We show how to install and configure the build service and attach it to your service preview account. Then we show how to configure your build server. Finally, we show how to create and manage an automated build from Visual Studio using your newly installed build server and how to access the build results via the web.
The whole reason that we are making this Team Foundation Service Preview available early is so that we can make it better. Therefore we would love to get your feedback.
To keep up to date with the latest developments in the service preview there are a couple of blogs you will want to check in with or better yet subscribe to:
In TFService Preview, how many projects are we allowed to create?
And for the source code we check-in, is there a max storage we can use per project, and max storage we can use for our TFService account?
Martin, is there a limit to the number of projects we can create in TFService Preview? Are there any limits or constraints we should be aware of? Thanks.
At this point we don't have any constraints that we are enforcing. However, you can think of your account as a single project collection and that fact gives you the same constraints as a normal TFS collection which is in the neighborhood of 200 projects.
At somepoint we will probably put some sort fo quotas around storage but we haven't worked that out yet..
Martin - when the production version becomes available, will the data entered into the preview be portable to the production cloud?
@Gary - When we reach commercial availability you will have at least 30 days to decide if you want to pay for the service or migrate your projects back to an on-premises server. At this time we don't have any details to share around pricing or availabilty, but we would love for you to continue to use the preview for free.