Chapter 3

Installation and Configuration

What's in this chapter?

Preparing to install Team Foundation Server 2012

Installing and configuring Team Foundation Server 2012

Creating your first team project with Team Foundation Server 2012


Before the 2010 release, installing and configuring Team Foundation Server could have easily consumed an entire weekend or more. Installation errors were difficult to diagnose, configuration was done entirely via the command line, and configuration options were largely inflexible. Thankfully, the 2010 release of Team Foundation Server was a monumental leap forward when it came to installation, configuration, and administration.

Team Foundation Server 2012 expands upon these improvements and further expedites the installation and configuration process. One example of this is the availability of the lightweight web installer. This installer eliminates the need to download and mount .iso files using third-party software or burn them to physical DVD media.

Team Foundation Server 2012 provides a GUI-based configuration and administration console, a flexible architecture with options for choosing which components you want to use, robust validation logic before each configuration step, and many more fit-and-finish features.

In this chapter, you will learn how to install and configure Team Foundation Server 2012. Some advanced configuration areas will be reserved for later chapters, but after reading this chapter, you will be able to install and configure ...

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