We’ve recently in our group migrated to TFS 2010 Beta and in order to support this, we’ve had to make some changes to our local machines to successfully connect to projects hosted on our TFS 2010 server. In today’s blog, I wanted to do a quick demo of how to correctly connect to the TFS 2010 server from a Visual Studio 2008 client.
Update Visual Studio to Service Pack 1 (for client)
The first step is to update your Visual Studio in case you’ve not already done so. This is required before you can successfully connect. The steps are the following -
Adding your Server Connection to a Visual Studio 2010 “Collection” (new concept)
As your already very familiar with, you are required to add a connection to a server before you can load a project. This is done through the Tools | Connect to Team Foundation Server when you’ve installed Team Explorer on your client. With Visual Studio 2010’s new collection (a “group” of like projects” then you change your method of connecting from the individual server, and provide the server and collection name.
Thus, to confirm that you’ve correctly set this up, do the following:
1. Open Visual Studio 2008
2. Click Tools, Connect to Team Foundation Server
3. Click Servers
4. Click Add
To correctly access TFS 2010, you are required to enter using the following syntax -
5. Enter the URL to your TFS 2010 server into the Add Team Foundation Server textbox -
I only include this in a blog topic simply because there was confusion on our team as to how to effectively access our new server. We are hosting our own TFS 2010 server currently until our hosted offering migrates fully to VS 2010. It has been quite a journey. Look for more TFS 2010 snippets that we learn over the coming weeks!