released to General Availability – Move your Source Control to the Cloud

Visual Studio Online is the fastest and easiest way yet to plan, build, and ship software across a variety of platforms. With Visual Studio Online, you can set up an environment for you or your team that includes everything from hosted Git repositories and project tracking tools, to continuous integration and an IDE, all packaged up in simple monthly plans. Get up and running in minutes on our cloud infrastructure without having to install or configure a single server.

Integrate with the Visual Studio platform to create your perfect development environment that you’ll love as much as your code. You can customize and extend the Visual Studio IDE or TFS using the comprehensive Visual Studio SDK, or connect with Visual Studio Online using our REST APIs.

Visual Studio Online:

Various TFS & Visual Studio Posts on my Blog:
CloudShare Explorer for Visual Studio 2012
Bing Code Search for C# – Visual Studio Extension
Visual Studio 2013 now available to MSDN Subscribers
Visual Studio 2012 or 2010 for SharePoint 2010 Development?
Visual Guide for Building Team Foundation Server 2012 Environments
PowerPoint Storyboarding with Visual Studio 2012
Rename Team Foundation Server 2010 Team Project
TFS Power Tools for Visual Studio
Cloud SharePoint for Developers : Office 365, Azure, Amazon AWS & CloudShare
Web Essentials 2012 – Visual Studio Extension
Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework new update is out
Syntax Formatting for PowerShell in Visual Studio 2010

Turn Source Control into Cruise Control – Connect to Team Foundation Services Server

Team Foundation Service is the new managed, cloud-based version of Team Foundation Server. Firstly, a little introduction to uninitiated:

Accessible from anywhere, using existing and familiar tools.

Plan projects, collaborate with your team, and manage your code online from anywhere.

Check your code directly into the cloud using Visual Studio or  Eclipse. Manage work items and bugs in Internet Explorer, Chrome, or  Safari.

Get started quickly, with no infrastructure to manage.

Go from “Sign up” to first project in minutes, and set up a Continuous Integration (CI) build in a few easy steps.

Your source code and work items are stored in the cloud, making server configuration a thing of the past.

All languages and platforms welcome.

From C# to Python, from Windows to Android, you can use a variety of languages and target a variety of platforms.

Whether you’re a team using Microsoft tools, or a freelancer  targeting Android with Eclipse, our services help you focus on what you  do best – building great apps.

Getting Started

While the help sections are pretty decent, I found that connecting via the web interface didn’t seem to want to work for me due to an authorization error, so I went with the old-school approach of connecting via creating a TFS Server connection in Visual Studio directly.

Note: If you are connecting from Visual Studio 2010 you will need to first install the Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Team Foundation Server 2010 Compatibility GDR.

Here is how (assuming you got past the simple signup process) you set up a basic connection from the Visual Studio UI to Team Foundation Service:

1. Open up Visual Studio 2012, and open the Team Explorer panelbar:
2. Click “Connect” under Team Foundation Service, and then on popup dialog click “Servers..”:

3. Click the HTTPS radio button first, then type in <your server name> into the Name or URL of Team Foundation Server input:

4. Select the new Team Foundation Service Server in the Connect to Team Foundation Server dropdown:

5. That’s it! Your source code is now on cruise control, no more conversations with your local IT guys about the merits of “what’s this TFS server and do you still need it?” 😉

Visual Guide for Building Team Foundation Server 2012 Environments

The Visual Guide for Building Team Foundation Server 2012 Environments is not only intended to walk you through the installation and the configuration process of Team Foundation Server 2012 but it is also written and designed to reflect real-world experience of the installation and configuration processes via detailed steps, well-defined  screenshots and videos; and hence the name “Visual Guide”. It’s a collaborative effort between industry experts and Microsoft partners.

Download the Guide

Final release is available now! Start using the guide today, while we continue to further improve it.

Watch the Videos

This Guide comes with 38 videos that explain all scenarios in a step-by-step manner.


Part 1- Introduction & Overview
Part 2 – Creating & Preparing the Required Infrastructure
Part 3- Installing and Configuring Team Foundation Server Pre-requisites
Part 4- Installing and Configuring Team Foundation Server


Part 1- Introduction & Overview

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Architecture & System Requirements

Part 2 – Creating & Preparing the Required Infrastructure

  • Chapter 3: Creating & Preparing the Domain Controller
  • Chapter 4: Creating & Preparing the TFS Infrastructure Physical Machine (Hyper-V Host)
  • Chapter 5: Creating & Preparing the Team Foundation Server Virtual Machine

Part 3- Installing and Configuring Team Foundation Server Pre-requisites

  • Chapter 6: Installing & Configuring SQL Server 2012
  • Chapter 7: Installing & Configuring SharePoint Server 2010
  • Chapter 8: Configuring SharePoint Server 2010 for Dashboard Compatibility

Part Part 4- Installing and Configuring Team Foundation Server

  • Chapter 9: Installing & Configuring Team Foundation Server 2012
  • Chapter 10: Configuring the Team Build Service
  • Chapter 11: Configuring the Enterprise Application Definition


  • A. Creating Local Service Accounts and Groups for Windows Server 2012
  • B. Installing Hyper-V Role on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • C. Adding .NET 3.5 Framework feature for Windows Server 2008 R2
  • D. Configuring SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services Port
  • E. Configuring SQL Server 2012 Database Engine Port
  • F. SQL Server 2012 Installation Verification
  • G. SharePoint Server 2010 SP1 Installation Verification
  • H. Team Foundation Server 2012 Installation & Configuration Verification




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