Course 50430B: Administering Team Foundation Server 2010

Type: Course
Technology:Cross-Platform Development
This Revision:B
Delivery method:
Instructor-led (classroom)
Length:3 days

First published:

08 July 2011
About this course
This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010.  The course focuses on the technologies used in Team Foundation Server 2010 and the techniques used to deploy, manage and support Team Foundation Server 2010.
Audience profile
This course is intended for novice experienced administrators with either a background in software development or a background in system administration.  This course is intended to provide administrators with knowledge to effectively manage and administer TFS 2010. 
This course is not intended to provide developers with comprehensive knowledge covering how to use Team Foundation Server to support development, but instead provides administrators with the requisite knowledge to manage Team Foundation Server in a development environment.
At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Plan for and deploy Team Foundation Server
  • Manage Tam Foundation Server security and permissions
  • Configure and manage Team Foundation Server Build
  • Perform basic customization of Process Templates, work items and workflow
  • Support developers that use workspaces and shelvesets.
  • Deploy Team Server Proxy
  • Backup, restore and monitor Team Foundation
Course details
Course OutlineModule 1: Introduction to Team Foundation Server Administration
This module introduces the student to the TFS administration process by explaining, in brief, the development process, how TFS supports a development environment and the role of the administrator in supporting the development process.  Application Lifecycle Management concepts will be explained and TFS specific terminology will be defined and explained. Students will be introduced to the responsibilities of administering TFS 2010.
  • What is Application Lifecycle Management?
  • Visual Studio and Application Lifecycle Management
  • What is Team Foundation Server?
  • Overview of the Development Process
  • TFS Components and Terms
  • Role of the Administrator in the Development Process
  • TFS Administration Overview
Lab : Becoming Familiar with Hyper-V
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the ALM Model
  • Describe how TFS supports ALM
  • Be able to identify the responsibilities and various tasks a TFS administrator performs in a development environment
Module 2: Planning and Deploying TFS 2010
This module explains how to plan for, install and configure TFS.  Students will become familiar with the architectural requirements and options, installation steps and basic TFS topological and configuration options.  Instructors will cover the basic knowledge required to deploy TFS and supply foundational information that will be required for successful completion of other modules.
  • TFS Topologies
  • Architectural requirements, Hardware considerations and Software considerations
  • Networking requirements including firewall and ports
  • Domain, Workgroup and Service accounts
  • SQL Server and SharePoint requirements
  • Topology considerations for small teams, single server, existing infrastructure or more than 1 server, and server farms
  • Planning for Version Control Proxy
Lab : Installing TFS
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the various TFS Topologies
  • Describe the architectural requirements, hardware and software considerations when planning to deploy Team Foundation Server
  • Plan for Domain and Workgroup service accounts for TFS
  • Describe the SQL Server and SharePoint requirements for an effective TFS 2010 deployment
  • Deploy TFS in a small environment
  • Deploy TFS on a Single Server
  • Describe the process for deploying TFS on various Topologies
Module 3: Configuration and Operations of TFS 2010
This module explains this basic principles of configuration and operation of TFS 2010.  Students will become familiar with the various TFS security groups and permissions, the practice of administering project collections and team projects, and the administrative knowledge required to support Build.  Students will also review administrative information on testing and configuring reporting and analysis services.
  • Default TFS Security groups and configuring permissions
  • Managing team project collections and team projects
  • Managing the TFS build System
  • Configuring Reporting and Analysis Services
Lab : Working with Team Project Collections and Team ProjectsLab : Configuring Security and PermissionsLab : Reconfiguring Reporting and Analysis Services
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Work with TFS Security groups and TFS permissions
  • Create and manage team project collections and team projects
  • Manage the TFS build system
  • Configure Reporting and Analysis services
Module 4: Client Connectivity
This module covers the various clients that can be used to connect to Team Foundation Server 2010.  Students will connect to TFS 2010 with Team Explorer, Microsoft Office Excel 2010 and Team Web Access.  Students will review the different license requirements, different clients that can be used to connect to TFS and will be able to describe how to configure Visual Studio and Team Explorer for Team Server Proxy.
  • Client Connectivity License Requirements
  • IDE Configuration for TFS Integration
  • Team Explorer 2010
  • Microsoft Office Connectivity
  • Team Web Access
  • Configuring Visual Studio and Team Explorer for Proxy Server
  • Resolving TFS connectivity issues
Lab : Add Work Items Using ExcelLab : Use Team Web Access to connect to TFS
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the client connectivity license requirements
  • Connect to Team Foundation Server using Team Explorer, Team Web Access and Excel 2010
  • Publish data to Team foundation Server using Excel 2010
  • Describe how to configure Team Server Proxy
Module 5: Customization of Team Projects
This module explains how to customize team project workflow, work item features. Students will work with the Team Foundation Server Power Tools and modify the existing project workflow and work items.  Students will also create work item queries and modify work item templates.
  • Managing Work item Queries
  • Customizing Work items and Workflow
  • TFS Power tools
  • Reporting
Lab : Working with QueriesLab : Administering Work ItemsLab : Setting up Alerts
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create, modify and manage Work Item Queries
  • Create new Work Item Types
  • Customize Work Items
  • Create new Process Templates
  • Create new global lists
  • Setup alerts
Module 6: Administering Version Control
This module explains how to administer version control in Team Foundation Server.  Students will review the processes for managing workspaces, work with branching and merging, create shelve sets and discuss the 5 key scenarios for using shelvesets.
  • Managing Workspaces
  • Administering Branching and Merging
  • Managing Shelvesets
Lab : Administering Version Control
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create, modify and remove workspaces.
  • Describe what administrators need to know to administer workspaces
  • Describe the use of cloaking and uncloaking folders
  • Describe how to effectively manage workspaces
  • Describe the effects branching and merging has on the server environment
  • Describe the use of shelvesets and what administrators need to be aware of when working with shelvesets
Module 7: Upgrading, Migrating, and Integration
This module covers the process of upgrading to Team Foundation Server, migrating data to Team Foundation Server and how to integrate Team Foundation Server with other Source Control systems.
  • Upgrading to TFS 2010
  • Migrating to TFS 2010
  • Visual Source Safe Migrations
  • Integration with TFS
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the various methods for upgrading to TFS 2010
  • Describe how to migrate to TFS 2010 
  • Describe the process for migrating from Visual Source Safe 
  • Describe integrating other systems with TFS 2010 
Module 8: Advanced Administration
This module explains several different advanced administration topics that expand on concepts covered in previous modules.  Students will review the process of installation validation, advanced management of TFS Application and Data Tiers, Rebuilding a warehouse, moving a TFS instance to a new server or new domain, and installing and configuring Team Foundation Server Proxy.
  • Validating an installation
  • Manual configuration of SharePoint and reporting services post-installation
  • Advanced management of TFS Application and Data Tiers
  • Rebuilding the Warehouse
  • Service Account management
  • Version Control Proxy Deployment
  • Fault Tolerant Solutions
Lab : Configuring Email AlertsLab : Deploy and Configure a Version Control ProxyLab : Deploy a new Build ControllerLab : Deploy a new Application Tier
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe how to validate an installation
  • Manually configure SharePoint and reporting services
  • Deploy a new App-tier
  • Deploy a new Build Controller
  • Deploy and configure a Team Server Proxy
  • Describe the various TFS Fault Tolerant Solutions
Module 9: Backup, Restore and Monitoring TFS 2010
This module explains how backup and restore Team Foundation Server 2010 and the best practices for monitoring TFS 2010.  Students will review the various tools for monitoring TFS 2010 and will review the steps for backing up and restoring TFS in a disaster recovery situation.
  • Backing Up TFS 2010
  • Restoring TFS 2010
  • Monitoring TFS 2010
Lab : Monitoring TFS 2010
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the process for Backing up and restoring TFS 2010
  • Describe the various tools for monitoring TFS 2010
  • Run the Best Practices Analyzer to monitor TFS 2010
Additional Reading
To help you prepare for this class, review the following resources:
  • TFS Administration Guide
  • TFS Installation Guide
Before attending this course, students must have:
  • A+ certification or equivalent knowledge.
  • Network+ certification or equivalent knowledge.
  • Possess of working knowledge of Windows Server administrative tasks.

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