TFS Beta3 release imminent

We are in the final days of the TFS Beta3 endgame.  We’ve been dogfooding updated bits for over a week now and after a few days of working out the issues, the system seems really solid.  We’re wrapping up the run of tens of thousands manual test cases that has taken us 20+ days to get through.  We’ve had nearly a dozen folks, who have never installed a Team Foundation server before, successfully complete the process from scratch.  We’re putting the finishing touches on the install guide and readme.  We’ve even taken fixes to a few “showstopping” bugs in the past few days.  Final automated testing runs are proceeding this weekend and we’ll spend Monday looking at the results.  Assuming everything looks good, we’ll wrap up the remaining details necessary to release the bits and get them out to MSDN subscribers by the end of the week.  In the meantime, MSDN subscribers can download the ‘release candidate’ build of VSTS (50727.26) as well as the September CTP version of SQL Server (1314.06) and get them ready since these are the versions TFS Beta3 requires.


We are really excited to get Beta3 out in the hands of our customers.  The improvements we’ve made since Beta2 are impressive.  Performance, usability and stability have all been improved and we’re certainly getting closer to releasing the final version (but not quite there).  Please let us know how you think we’re doing.  Your feedback has helped keep us focused on making the right improvements while also spurring us on to release the final bits as soon as possible. 



Comments (7)

  1. James says:

    Please provide a ready-to-go VPC image for Beta 3. You guys are the best.


  2. Yes, the VPC images we released for Beta2 were very successful and I’m confident we’ll do the same for Beta3.

  3. san1t1 says:

    I like the vpc images, but wanna see a tool for internationalisation, displayed in the native locale of the host

  4. Thanks for the great feedback on globalizing our VPC images. I’ve sent an email to the folks that are experts in this area to find out what we can do about this. We’ll see what they have to say about the possibilities here.

  5. Michael O'Flaherty says:

    Does beta3 require a specific edition of SQL Server 2005? (standard, enterprise, developer, etc.)



  6. regarding the required version of SQL Server, we will work with either Standard or Enterprise Edition of the September Community Tech Preview.