This is the same guidance that Microsoft offers its customers, now in an e-book format for your convenience. You’ll find step by step instructions for the most popular installation tasks, focusing on TFS installations that use all the latest Microsoft server products, like Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, and Office SharePoint Server 2013.

If you want to install Team Foundation Server with the least amount of preliminary work, use the basic configuration, which comes with SQL Server Express and requires the least amount of set up. The TFS installation wizard can configure everything for you in about 10 minutes, and you can probably ignore most of the instruction in this book. You won’t get a report server or SharePoint--which means no HTML reports for your software projects, and no website to trade Office documents and collaborate--but you will have basic bug tracking, version control, and a web site on the TFS server with team productivity features.

TIP: If you do use the basic configuration, consider installing it on a server operating system. If you install it on a server, you can always add a report server and SharePoint later, if you find your team needs them. If you install TFS on a client OS, adding these features is blocked, and you would have to first migrate TFS to a server OS.

Tim Elhajj

Tim Elhajj's nonfiction essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Brevity, Guernica, Sweet, The Yalobusha Review, Together, and Relief. He edits Junk, a journal that features literary memoir about addiction, obsession, and unrequited needs, both real and imagined.

Tim lives in the Pacific northwest. Prior to moving west, Tim lived in New York City where he earned a BA from Hunter College.