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Professional Team Foundation Server 2013 by Grant Holliday, Martin Woodward, Ed Blankenship, Damian Brady, Steven St. Jean

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Chapter 3Installation and Configuration

What's in this chapter?

  • Preparing to install Team Foundation Server 2013
  • Installing and configuring Team Foundation Server 2013
  • Creating your first team project with Team Foundation Server 2013

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.

There were significant improvements again in Team Foundation Server 2012, and the 2013 release further expedites the installation and configuration process.

Team Foundation Server 2013 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 2013. Some advanced configuration areas will be reserved for later chapters, but after reading this chapter, you will be able to install and configure a simple Team Foundation Server deployment in a matter of minutes.

What You'll Need

Before starting your installation, you should acquire the installation media for all ...

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