Get ready to “go live” with Team Foundation Server 2010 beta 2!

Beta 2 of Team Foundation Server 2010 is going to be available very soon NOW! - unfortunately that’s all that the marketing team will let me tell you right now. 🙂 But the best news is that beta 2 of Team Foundation Server 2010 will have a “go live” license, meaning that you can use it for your day-to-day application building (unlike beta 1 which was limited to just evaluation, tire kicking, learning the new features, etc.). There will also be some (limited) support available to help you adopt beta 2. We are ramping up our product support teams now to help you take advantage of this option. More details later on what “go live” means exactly and how we’ll be helping your organization take advantage of it… More details on the Beta 2 "go live" can be found here.

But in preparation for beta 2, there are some things that you can be doing now in order to take advantage of the release as soon as it’s available for download. The Team Foundation Server product team has put together some great guidance which can give you a checklist of things to do as you prepare to take advantage of beta 2. This guidance is available as an overview in a PowerPoint deck, or in greater detail in the Word document. I’ve uploaded both of them for you to check out.

These documents are somewhat rough (our professional writers were hard at work on the product documentation for beta 2!) but they should give you a good framework with which to begin having discussions within your organization about adopting Team Foundation Server 2010 beta 2.

Was this helpful? Is there more that we can be doing to help you get ready? I would love to hear from you (either via my blog comments, or you can email me directly).

Comments (11)

  1. Tom says:

    Is the client (VS2010 beta 2) also being released at the time as TFS beta 2?

  2. Brian Keller says:


    Yes it is. Great question.


  3. Steinar Herland says:

    The document refers to thanksgiving as a good time to upgrade…

    Would that be "Canadian" Thanksgiving? 😉


  4. Hi Brian,

    We need Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 very urgently (for new products and new projects just kicked off recently).  As Microsoft Certified Partner (enfoTech), is there any channels that we can receive VS 2010 beta 2 a bit earlier than general public?

    Thanks a lot!

    Jason Huang

    (609) 896-9777 x108

    enfoTech & Consulting Inc.

  5. Brian Keller says:

    Hi Jason,

    I love the enthusiasm. 🙂

    We’re working hard on getting it out the door but I don’t have a mechanism to get it to you (or anybody else) sooner.

    MSDN Subscribers will get it first, followed by the rest of the world a few days later.


  6. Michael says:

    Will Beta2 provide the "basic" edition, that doesn’t have SharePoint?!

  7. Brian Keller says:


    Yes, in fact you don’t even need TFS "Basic" for that – you can achieve that today even with beta 1. You don’t need to set up reporting services either.

  8. OZarrai says:

    Hi Brian,

    Can TFS 2010 Beta 2 use Sql server 2008 Express ? I’ve read that in Scott Guthrie blog but in Microsoft Download they marked Sql Server 2008 as requirement


  9. Brian Keller says:


    Yes, the "Basic" configuration can use SQL Express. See for more details.

    I will ask the team about changing that system requirement information. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!


  10. Facundo says:

    Hi Brian,

    you know how to upgrade from TFS 2010 from beta1 to beta2?


  11. Brian Keller says:

    Hi Facundo,

    Upgrading from beta 1 to beta 2 of Team Foundation Server 2010 is not a supported scenario. You *can* use the Upgrade configuration within TFS Setup to try this, but note that your system will not be supported for "go live" if you do this. Beta 1 was only licensed for evaluation / testing purposes.


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