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Professional Team Foundation Server by Mickey Gousset, Erik Gunvaldson, Jean-Luc David

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1.4. Planning a Deployment

Installing and deploying a product such as Visual Studio 2005 Team System involves a lot of preplanning and forethought. You must consider variables such as capacity, scale, disaster recovery planning, backups, and the underlying infrastructure. There are several important sources you can refer to that will help in your deployment efforts:

  • Existing infrastructure documentation—If your company had to write up a disaster recovery plan (which may have stemmed from the Year 2000 fiasco), then you are in a great position as all your software and assets have been catalogued.

  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Planning Guide—Along with the Installation Guide (TFSInstall.chm) and Administration Guide (TFSAdmin.chm), the Planning Guide will provide you with hints on what to look at in the planning process. Unlike the other guides (which are also great tools to help you plan your deployment), the Planning Guide (TFSPlanning.chm) is not available on the Team Foundation Server CD or DVD.

  • Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)—The Microsoft Operations Framework provides guidance on the proper implementation of technology based on Microsoft's own internal experience and practices derived from the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). You can learn more about MOF at microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/cits/mo/mof/

  • Governance documents—Your company may need to follow strict or specific rules for legal reasons. You need to consider these governance rules and practices when planning ...

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