Team Foundation Service Preview – Beginner’s Guide

Team Foundation Service Preview – Beginner’s Guide

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UPDATE June 11, 2012 - This blog post series has been updated by our new beginner's guide hosted here.

This blog post series includes step-by-step instructions to get you productive as quickly as possible.

Click on any of the links below to get started…


Create a Team Project

Before you get started, you need a place to store all your code, tasks, and builds.


Add Team Members to Your Project

If you want others to join you, here is how you invite them.


Connect Visual Studio 2010 to Your TFS Preview Account

You can connect your Visual Studio directly to your TFS preview account, allowing you to access all your code directly from your favorite IDE.


Upload Source to Your Hosted Account

Store your source in the cloud! Then its accessible from anywhere.


Get Started with Agile Planning Tools

You have a team, you have code, now you can start planning using our Agile Planning tools, including an easy-to-use product backlog and visual task board.


If there are other topics you’d like covered, let us know.

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  • I have an existing TFS 2011 Preview that we're hosting internally, what's the possibility of migrating that to our TFS Preview Account?

    Also,  do we have access to backups on a regular basis?  Say in the future we want to migrate to a different service, do we have access to our code database?

    And finally, any idea where you are going to sit pricewise when you go live with this deal?  It would be great if you will fall in pricewise with the competition.

  • @a235301, this functionality is not available yet. However, before we take the service out of preview/beta mode, we will allow you to both migrate your on-premise data into the cloud, and back out again. And as far as pricing, I don't know the details, but I can say that we will likely offer a free-tier/level of service and that your code/data are yours to take whenever you want.

    I hope this helps.

  • I'm getting the same thing, though I think the issues just came up recently.  When I make any change, I get a pop-up stating "A required anti-forgery token was not supplied or was invalid. Ensure that cookies are enabled in your browser."  I think something broke IE 10 in the last few days.  I tried un-installing and re-installing IE 10, but issue persists.  Just installed Chrome and it works fine.  Anyone have any clues?

  • @David: That is a known issue with certain IE10 builds that got fixed later. Until you can upgrade to a newer IE10 build, using other browsers would be the recommended workaround.

  • When the Preview is over will I be able to migrate / export my projects or will they lost?

  • @Richard, yes you will absolutely be able to export your projects when the preview is over. It is also very likely there will be a free offering available once the service is fully live as well. Your data will not be lost.

  • * Should somthing about best practices for alerts and how to setup out the box.

    * I think the product should have some defaults out the box

    * I have setup the alerts, but dont get any e-mails. I can I debug this?

  • We are just now coming to the party and question why BIDS was not invited.  Carlos asks the question but leaves out BIDS and Gregg answers his question as though he is on the upgrade path to VS2010.  Is the assumption by the product team that everyone coming to the party will shell out the bucks to move to the new version 2012 and are able to move all their current projects too?  I cannot believe that.  Most corporation simply will leave existing SSRS reports and other projects where they are if they are working but upgrade them if they choose only when a change is requested.  You are asking them to complicate their source control by using multiple systems.  I went to satisfy your Get Started document which says ALL versions of VS2008 SP1 need the software update to use TFS Preview.  Last time I looked BIDS was VS2008 with Business Intelligence templates to use the environment to create SSIS packages and SSRS reports.  Tell me why these are not important enough to be invited to the party?  Especially since your competitors do!

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