Getting started with the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 Integration Virtual Machine

***April 17, 2013 update: A new version of this VM is now available which showcases the integration between Team Foundation Server 2012 and Project Server 2013.

**Update: There is a 4-part video series on Channel 9 which demonstrates each of these scenarios as a video screencast.

Last month we officially released the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack. This integration enables the Project Management Office (PMO) to see a consolidated view of the progress and resource availability across all software development projects in Team Foundation Server 2010.  Software teams using Team Foundation Server 2010 can choose to manage their projects using a formal process or an agile process and flow their status and schedule updates into Project Server and Project Managers can preview changes as they flow in, track the work at a high-level and provide live updates to their stakeholders.

To help people evaluate and demonstrate the capabilities of this integration, we have published a virtual machine which is pre-configured with this integration along with sample data and several walkthroughs (which can either be used as self-paced hands-on-labs, or demo scripts to present these capabilities to others). Unfortunately, the virtual machine download contains 20+ files weighing in at over 10GB. The good news is that once you have the virtual machine there’s not much left to configure; you can open it up in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and begin exploring this integration using the guided walkthroughs. The following instructions should make it easier for you to batch download all of the files required for this release.

Downloading the virtual machine and associated files:
I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.

  1. Download and install Free Download Manager. This utility provides:
    • Auto-resume support for interrupted downloads.
    • Multiple simultaneous download streams for (usually) a much faster download experience.
    • As the name implies, it's completely free.
  2. Select the appropriate URL’s depending on your preferred virtualization platform and copy (CTRL+C) them to your clipboard.
    ###Select This Section and Copy It (CTRL+C) - Do Not Include This Line### with the Project Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 Integration Virtual Machine.docx - Top-Down Planning of Business Requirements with Project Server and Team Foundation Server.docx - Managing Project Details in an Enterprise Project Plan Mapped to a Team Project.docx - Making Agile Team Progress Visible to the Project Management Office.docx - Managing Field Mappings for Integration of Team Foundation Server and Project Server.docx
    ###End - Do Not Include This Row In Your Selection###
  3. Launch the user interface for Free Download Manager (either from the Start Menu or via the system tray icon if FDM is already running).
  4. Click File -> Import -> Import List of URLs from Clipboard.
  5. When prompted for a download group, accept the default and click OK.
  6. You are now free to minimize Free Download Manager while the files download. By default, they will be saved to c:\downloads.


Once you have download the release, extract it to a directory by running the EXE. The document “Working with the Project Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 Integration Virtual Machine.docx” (included in the list of files to download above) provides more details about how to load this virtual machine within Hyper-V, and how to activate the operating system to get a full 180 days of usage from this virtual machine. After 180 days from the time you first boot the virtual machine it will expire. If you need additional time you can re-extract a fresh copy of the virtual machine, or restore to a Hyper-V snapshot if you took one at a time prior to booting it up for the first time.

After you have successfully setup this virtual machine within your Hyper-V environment you can begin using the walkthroughs to learn more about the scenarios enabled by this integration. Those walkthroughs are also included in the list of files above as Word documents, and are numbered 1-4. It is recommended, though not required, that you complete these labs in the order they are numbered. You should also consider using Hyper-V snapshots prior to following the steps in a walkthrough so that you can roll back to an earlier snapshot if you would like to complete a walkthrough multiple times, or if you make a mistake.

Comments (8)
  1. Jason says:


    I am walking throughthe Hands-On Lab for Managing Field Mappings for Integration of Team Foundation Server and Project Server, and when running the TfsAdmin command to download the field mappings, I get the following error: TF244088: To run this command, you must have been granted the Administer Project Server integration permission on Team Foundation Server "http://tfsdemo:8080/tfs/defaultcollection".

    Any advice on how to get admin access?  Or is there something I'm missing?



  2. Brian Keller says:

    @Jason, which user are you logged in as when you try this? The Hands-on Lab document specifies the user you should be using for each lab. Let me know.


  3. dbis says:

    Please advise how to activate office 2010 and project 2010 on this VM.

  4. Brian Keller says:


    Neither of these has to be activated. It sounds like you added the VHD directly as a new VM instead of performing an Import. You will need to perform an Import from a fresh extraction of the virtual machine. This is covered in the "Working with…" document.


  5. Any version for Windows Virtual PC? says:

    Hi Brian,

    is there a version for Virtual PC (Win 7)?

    Thx a lot.


  6. Brian Keller says:


    Sorry, no – Virtual PC only supports 32-bit images and this one is required to be 64-bit, hence it's Hyper-V only.

  7. Problem with Project 2010 expiration says:

    Hi Brian,

    i try VM and i activate Windows. After some days project 2010 expired and now i can't do anything because it stop to work.

    If a try to activate project appear a message that tell me that the maximun activaction achieved.

    Thx a lot

  8. Brian Keller says:

    Please see my response above to dbis. This is because you didn't import the virtual machine. You added the VHD file as a new virtual machine which causes Office to require activation. Please follow the instructions in the "Working with…" document. You will now need to start over will a fresh extraction of the virtual machine from the RAR set.


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