Whats New in Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010

This week around I spent some time in exploring Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010. If you are familiar with 2008 and earlier releases of the Product you would find it a bit different and following are the changes which I have identified.

1) The Product is first installed and the files are copied on C:\Program Files\Your Path and then there comes a Configuration Wizard where the main game starts and you are required to configure TFS.

2) The Configuration Wizard is a cool add-up has a rich UI and allows you to configure the product in multiple ways such as you want to go for Basic Server Configuration or Advance Configuration.

3) There is no binding to must bind WSS 3.0 SP1 or Plus with your TFS and your TFS will continue to work without creating SharePoint sites as well.

4) In TFS 2010 you are required to configure SQL Server Reporting Services first rather then leaving on the TFS Configuration Wizard to configure them for you.

5) The Administration wizard is also a new addition and is such rich in nature that it allows you to actually re-configure or post configure WSS 3.0, Reporting Services, Analysis Services etc at the later stage.

6) If you plan to integrate TFS 2010 with SharePoint after the installation and configuration then you are required to have SharePoint extensions installed and use the TFS Administration Console to actually bind your SharePoint services to TFS 2010.

7) You must have heard of lot of tools coming along with TFS 2008 for Web Access now the Web Access Tool is built in TFS 2010 and it is also configured like other components this creates a separate TFS  website in the IIS and one can easily browse through the Team Project in the browser.

8 ) Hence the Configuration and Administration Consoles in TFS 2010 are really helpful. The Configuration Wizard allows you to Add/Remove components as per requirements and Administration Console helps you to Configure the Installed components and help in their Integration.

9) Overall the Product has improved its performance, health check activity and repair methodology but one should be very careful while choosing which version of the SQL and WSS 3.0 will go well with TFS 2010 and under which mode. For more information on installation please refer to by other post http://geekdeck.com/installing-configuring-team-foundation-server-2010-step-by-step/

10) Last but not least the Visual Studio 2010 Shell Console which you see after installing Team Explorer 2010 and man this has an awesome interface with much more options with compared to the previous version of Team Explorer and now this really looks like a console to manage TEAM PROJECTS!