Chapter 20

Scalability and High Availability

What's in this chapter?

Understanding architectural changes

Understanding scale limitations

Exploring availability solutions

Exploring load balancing

Getting to know configuration best practices


Scalability and high availability are very involved topics, and a whole book could be written on each of them. Every Team Foundation Server environment is unique, and every organization has a different usage pattern and availability requirements.

It's not the purpose or intent of this chapter to provide prescriptive guidance on exact configurations to support your environment or usage pattern. Rather, this chapter is intended to give you insight into the different factors that affect scalability and to offer some solutions to consider in your overall environment design.

If you need advice specifically tailored to your organization's needs, your best option is to contact Microsoft Support, Microsoft Services, or a Microsoft Certified Partner in your area. These organizations have deep knowledge, extensive resources, and ample hands-on experience to best meet your individual needs.

An Evolving Architecture

Team Foundation Server 2010 introduced significant architecture and infrastructure changes. On the product team, these product changes were referred to as Enterprise TFS Management (ETM). It was a significant and necessary investment of effort to allow the product to handle the future scale demands of enterprises and the Internet. ...

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