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Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta1 FAQ: Third Edition

Just been trolling through the forums and it looks like my team mates didn’t leave me much to answer.  -Just more time to pull together another FAQ!  If you haven’t checked out the first two they can be seen at:

Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 Day One FAQ

Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 Day Two FAQ


Q: Installing Team Foundation Server and only see Build and components as the install options.

A:  The TFS install guide indicates the OS MUST be one of the following:

  • Windows Server 2003 (Datacenter Edition, Enterprise Edition or Standard Edition) with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (Datacenter Edition, Enterprise Edition or Standard Edition) or Windows Server 2003 R2 (Datacenter Edition, Enterprise Edition or Standard Edition) with SP2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Unfortunately it doesn’t mention the server can NOT also be a Domain Controller!  We are looking at enabling this for the RTM of 2010 but for the present we have the same restrictions 2008 that you can not run Team Foundation Server on a Domain Controller.  (I have asked the author of the Install guide to update it)



    Q: I can not seem to find the Work Flow Designer for Team Build?

    A: Entry into the workflow designer doesn’t have any UI. The way you access it is to simply open the build definition in Visual Studio 2010 from the Source Control Explorer.

    By default it is called: <Team Project Name>/TeamBuildProcessTemplates/DefaultTemplate.xaml


    (Screen shot of the WorkFlow Designer for Team Build)


    Q: TF255147: The following server that is running SQL Server is not listening on the expected TCP port: <Server Name>

    Hopefully we fix this error text at release but this is because by default SQL doesn’t enable the TCP/IP Network listener required to Team Foundation Server…Simply enabling it in the SQL Configuration Tools is all that is required.

    Q:  Where is the 64 bit version of Team Foundation Server and/or Visual Studio 2010?

    A:  Visual Studio 2010 is only a 32 bit application.   Team Foundation Server is both a native 64 bit and 32 bit and both are included in the one beta1 Team Foundation Server download and you must install the matching version or you will get the error like the one below:  “You are trying to install the 32bit version of the product on a server that is running a 64-bit operating system.  You must install the 64 bit version of the

    To install browse to the folder that matches the operating system for your computer (for a 64-bit operating system, \TFS-x64\, for a 32-bit operating system, \TFS-x86\), and then run Setup.exe.




    Q: Team Foundation services not running after restart

    A: In the current build of Team Foundation Server it is possible for the IIS Service to start before SQL Server –putting Team Foundation Server in situation where it can not contact the database. In this scenario Team Foundation Server will not start.  The work around/fix is straight forward; issue the command IISRESET from a command prompt on the Team Foundation Server that has failed to start.  NOTE:   This is particularly prevalent on faster hard drives in Virtual machines.

    Q: Using a shared reporting server for Team Foundation Server 2010

    A: In Team Foundation Server 2010 you can specify to not use a Reporting Server or which Reporting Server you want to use…but that Reporting Server instance can not be share amongst other Team Foundation Servers.