Introduction to TFS
TFS stands for Team Foundation Server which is developed by Microsoft. Integration of TFS with Visual Studio enables a team to work together and organize their efforts to complete a project. Dot Net developers use TFS for source control, bug tracking, requirement gathering and to manage complete life cycle of software development. It has below listed features:-
TFS enhance the communication among team members by ensuring that no information or work is lost when a team member hand over his task to team. Project of the team is stored on the TFS and every team member has its own credentials to connect to TFS for accessing the project. TFS provides a central location to team project and each team member coordinate his work at this location.
All members of a team work together on the team project by using Team Explorer in Visual Studio. Team Explorer connects to the TFS and displays team projects from the server. By using Team Explorer, every team member can get updated work items, projects documents and task to do.
Roles can be defined on team project that is on TFS. Each role represents one or more disciplines that are required to successful completion of the team project.
TFS also provides alerts that are sent to team members by e-mail when something has changed on the team project. We can customize alerts on TFS according to our need.
TFS allow the team to manage all source files for a project. We can also add non-source files such as important project documents, project plans etc. to TFS.
TFS Build enables the team to create and manage product builds regularly. TFS Build also provides build reports on the status and quality of each build.
Tracking Work Status
Using TFS project head can track the assigned work status to developers to understand the health of the project.
Work Item History
All working items are logged on TFS with all changes. Anyone can review the complete history of activity on a work item at any time. The working item history can be exported into Microsoft Excel.
Reports related to track status and information (like as work item changes, check-ins and status of product builds etc.) about the project are stored in a database on the TFS.
TFS Installation Guide
For TFS installation guide refer the link Team Foundation Server 2010 Installation Guide
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