The operations guide initiative started a while ago when the community was concerned with the scattered guidance on MSDN, which made it difficult for new Team Foundation Server (TFS) deployments to find acceptance with support and maintenance teams. The original vision of this ranger project was to create a top level guidance document, pointing to detailed MSDN content in a consulting, best practice and educational style which is endorsed by the field, VSTS PG SMEs and VSTS Rangers. In other words, the objective was to create a unified treasure map to all the operations, support and maintenance nuggets of information, to allow support teams to create and implement an effective operations plan for TFS deployments.
Based on what I can see there were many people involved in this initiative such as David, John, Mario, Sudhir, Susan, Bill E., Bijan and many more … a real community effort made up of experts from across the field q;-)
Currently you can find a treasure map at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb663036(vs.80).aspx, which was originally announced by Jeff.
Questions to the community:
- Based on discussions with the community, MVP and fellow Rangers, the TFS Operations Guide may be getting out of date, may need a bit of expansion and probably get an injection of new field experience gathered over the past few months. The one I found is dated 2007, which could confirm the feedback we have been receiving. What are your feelings?
- What is the importance of an operations guide for the forthcoming 2010 release, focusing on operations planning, day to day operations, the supporting services (i.e. SQL, Sharepoint) and the inevitable disaster recovery strategies.
Thanks for your comments!