Chapter 19

Introduction to Team Foundation Server Administration

What's in this chapter?

Understanding the architecture of the system

Getting to know the administration console

Using the command-line tools

Getting to know other administration tools


Team Foundation Server is a system with lots of moving parts, and lots of integration with other systems. For the person (or persons) empowered with administering all this, it can seem like quite a daunting task at first. For someone not familiar with developer tools, there are lots of new concepts and different things to consider while administering the server.

Don't be discouraged though! As with many products, the administration tools have evolved over time. There was a huge investment in improving the administrative experience for the 2010 release and continued investment with the 2012 release. The biggest improvement for the 2010 release was the streamlined setup and installation experience. These investments also led to the creation of the Team Foundation Server Administration Console, along with the powerful command-line equivalent TfsConfig.exe.

In Team Foundation Server 2012, perhaps the biggest change for administrators is the shift of security and permissions management to the web interface, which is covered in detail in Chapter 22.

Before you get started with learning about Team Foundation Server administration, it's important to understand the different administrative roles in a Team Foundation Server environment.

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