Team Foundation Server Books Free and Paid Server the ultimate guide for installing TFS (free e-book in many formats). I'D LIKE TO THANK the entire team that worked to get this book out under an extremely What's New for Lab Management in Team Foundation Server ?. The update has opened up TFS for everyone by expanding Written by Microsoft insiders and MVPs, the book follows the tutorial style of Wrox's.
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Professional Team Foundation Server (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) [ Steven St. Jean, Damian Brady, Ed Blankenship, Martin Woodward, Grant. Professional Team Foundation Server book. Read 2 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Team Foundation Server is now for everyone!. Professional Team Foundation Server The ultimate reference for TFS. A “ must-have”. This book should not be missing on anyone's.
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Sort order. Jul 12, Jesse Houwing rated it really liked it Shelves: I received a free review copy of this book from the authors. Over the years Team Foundation Server has kept expanding, it's a wonder that this book isn't shipped in a box and that it doesn't have 6 volumes to cover all the topics. Which brings me to the primary reason I've chosen not to award it 5 stars, but 4. The book tries to cover every bit of Team Foundation Server and some bits of Visual Studio and as such can't cover all of the area's with the care and depth they deserve.
Becau Disclaimer: Because of that a number of chapters left me puzzled or not satisfied.
My book case has a bunch of other books that cover these individual topics in much more depth, plus the book links to a lot of external resources, blog posts, magazine articles and MSDN docs. These at least help you find all the important items that are available out there. Any reader, no matter how basic or advanced will find a couple of gems somewhere in this page tome.
It's a very valuable reference guide to using and administering Team Foundation Server. But it won't tell you everything you'll need to know to be an instant guru. Let's go through the chapters The book takes you all the way from explaining the components of TFS, picking an installation type, sizing your hardware and getting TFS installed and finally connecting your client Visual Studio or Eclipse to it. If you're a long term user of TFS, you can probably skip these sections.
Then it dives into Source control and, new in this version, has a couple of dedicated sections on Git. While thorough in explaining many concepts, and offering a lot of options, I felt that it could have been very helpful to provide beginners with some sort of cook book to guide them through the most important decisions.
A lot of space is taken up by all the screenshots that take you through the steps, which are very helpful to a new user, but as advanced user I was hoping some of that space would be used for some pro tips and tricks to make life easier. The section on working with non-visual studio team members is very helpful for team in that situation. Next is a short section on Work Item Tracking and Process templates, probably a topic that could fill a page book in itself.
Concepts like custom controls are introduced, but not really explained. Especially the fact that custom controls are specific to Web Access, Visual Studio Version and Eclipse, would be an important thing to include.
The book doesn't really cover the proper use of the different process templates that ship out of the box, you'll need to find that information elsewhere. Then a couple of really short topics on teams, reporting, and project server fly by. Good to know that it's there, but one needs to dive deeper elsewhere to really learn how these items work. By now we're in chapter 17 and dive into a solid section on Team Build and Release Management. Covering all the main concepts of Team Build and a short overview on MsBuild.
The sections on Release Manager explain how to setup the Release Management Server and very quickly explain the different tasks and workflow actions that ship with the product.
Enough to give you an global understanding, but by far not enough to allow you to build a release workflow for a reasonably complex project. Then we dive into a whole bunch of Administration topics, from scaling and recovering your TFS server to monitoring, upgrades and finally customizing your server. The book ends with a very short chapter that gives you a couple of pointers to extending Team Foundation server. As you can see, the book covers all the nooks and crannies of TFS using almost pages and it weighs a ton, but after reading it cover to cover you'll probably be left with a lot of question that you'll need to research in other books and in the online resources.
Dec 21, Michael Szul rated it liked it. Quality information that, unfortunately, went out of date very quickly. For , the online documentation from Microsoft is a better option--though even that is incomplete.
Steve Humphrey rated it really liked it Jan 03, Eddy rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Herbert Moroni rated it really liked it Aug 01, Christian Doran rated it it was ok Mar 15, Angel Cerda rated it really liked it Apr 25, Nikola rated it really liked it Jul 14, The final section on Administration chapters 21 through 29 continues to be a must-read for anyone responsible for administering TFS.
The authors cover scalability and disaster recovery scenarios and then move on to best practices around security and server monitoring. It is organized in a way that you can jump directly to the section or chapter that will help you answer your questions. This should definitely be the go-to book for anyone looking to sharpen their TFS skills or to have great reference material at their fingertips.
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I downloadd the book and just glancing at the table of contents gives me a lot of hope for what this will bring, and will be a valuable resource for me to make the case for us to upgrade from TFS to Your email address will not be published. Are you human? New Pluralsight course: