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by Ed Blankenship, Martin Woodward, Grant Holliday, Brian Keller
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March 29, 2011 0470943327 978-0470943328 1
Authoritative guide to TFS 2010 from a dream team of Microsoft insiders and MVPs!

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) has evolved until it is now an essential tool for Microsoft?s Application Lifestyle Management suite of productivity tools, enabling collaboration within and among software development teams. By 2011, TFS will replace Microsoft?s leading source control system, VisualSourceSafe, resulting in an even greater demand for information about it. Professional Team Foundation Server 2010, written by an accomplished team of Microsoft insiders and Microsoft MVPs, provides the thorough, step-by-step instruction you need to use TFS 2010 efficiently?so you can more effectively manage and deliver software products in an enterprise.

  • Provides a broad overview of Team Foundation Server for developers, software project managers, testers, business analysts, and others wanting to?learn how to use TFS
  • Gives TFS administrators the tools they need to efficiently monitor and manage the TFS environment
  • Covers core TFS functions including project management, work item tracking, version control, test case management, build automation, reporting, and more??
  • Explains extensibility options and how to write extensions for TFS 2010
  • Helps certification candidates prepare for the Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 certification exam (Exam 70-512)

The clear, programmer-to-programmer Wrox style of Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 will soon have you thoroughly up to speed.

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Effectively manage and deliver software projects with TFS

Team Foundation Server (TFS) has undergone a complete overhaul as the central tool in Microsoft's Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) portfolio. This book addresses the many changes that have taken place since the 2005 version of TFS and provides an in-depth look at how these changes can work to your advantage. The team of authors reviews what's new in TFS 2010, including its ease of configuration and installation, a new platform for testing, work item tracking and usability, and helpful new tools to manage project plans. Packed with detailed coverage, this book arms you with the information you need to effectively manage and deliver software projects with TFS.

Professional Team Foundation Server 2010:

  • Walks you through planning and installing a TFS deployment

  • Features a comprehensive overview of version control

  • Discusses migrating from legacy version control systems,including Visual SourceSafe

  • Reviews how to automate and customize the build process

  • Discusses project management and testing tools

  • Reviews administering a TFS environment, including creating a backup plan, handling disaster recovery, and monitoring server health and performance

  • Prepares you for taking the TFS 2010 Microsoft Certification Exam (70-512)

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About the Author

Ed Blankenship is an ALM consultant with Imaginet (formerly Notion Solutions) and the Microsoft MVP of the Year.
Martin Woodward is a program manager on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server product team.
Grant Holliday is a program manager on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server product team.
Brian Keller is a senior technical evangelist for Microsoft, specializing in Visual Studio and ALM.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470943327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470943328
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The TFS 2010 book you will glue to your desk March 28, 2011
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With TFS 2010 (and VS 2010), Microsoft have gotten much closer to providing the ultimate package that contains all the tools that an enterprise needs in order to work effectively, efficiently, and productively. But it is certainly the best package currently out there. It is amazing to see the level of integration that is present between the different components constituting TFS 2010 to make it a real ALM toolset when combined with VS 2010. This is something that IBM Rational has tried before and, in my opinion, failed to deliver (the tools did not play well together, and required a significant amount of effort to make them integrate well) leaving a major gap in that field which prior to TFS 2010 has been filled only by specialized integrators who had to deal with all sorts of difficulties in order to make disparate systems work together. And the good news is that this will only get way better in the next version of TFS and VS.

This book can be considered both an introductory book to TFS 2010 as well as an intermediate level coverage of TFS 2010. In fact, some chapters present an advanced coverage of some topics (the administration chapters are an example). It is an excellent guide for anyone new to TFS. It presents a clear way of getting started with TFS as well as how to move to TFS if you've already been using some other source control repository. For folks already familiar with TFS 2008 or TFS 2005 and upgrading to TFS 2010, the book does a great job of presenting all the options you have and what to do to get there. Even if you are a TFS veteran and think you are experienced and well versed in TFS, I am sure you will still find something to learn.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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While the book does contain standard pieces of information that you need to administer a TFS 2010 installation, the big value is in the non-standard, non-documented, not available on the web information. Things like being able to plug into the TFS request pipeline to handle events on the server-side. A great example of this is being able to audit security through simple methods that are guaranteed to fire.

Another great focus area is customizing the process templates. In the past you might have had to call a consultant (I am one of those consultants) but this book does a great job of explaining the details so that virtually anyone can make effective changes that work right the first time.

Build automation and customization is another point that is great to show how to work with Windows Workflow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Reference for the TFS Administrator and expert! March 27, 2011
This book should be required reading for TFS 2010 admins and TFS 2010 consultants. It's also an excellent book to anyone interested and related to ALM (Application Lifecycle Management), software engineering and software development processes.

Microsoft is the best organization when we talk about documentation. TFS 2010 have lots of user docs at MSDN and also have a TFS 2010 Instllation book and a TFS 2010 Admin book. But I recommend that anyone involved with TFS 2010 installation and administration read first this book. It will be a lot easier to understand the documentation after this book.

This book also points to a lot of material in blog posts and shows a lot of third party tools to leverage and empower TFS 2010.

If you are new to ALM in general or new to Microsoft Approach to ALM I recommend you read first the book Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010, also by Wrox Press. The "Pro ALM" book is the user view (user is any member of a software development team) and the "Pro TFS" is more about the Admin view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential TFS Resource June 1, 2011
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This is a great book for both beginners and experts of Microsoft's Team Foundation Server 2010. Each section has a introduction chapter that is geared towards the beginner. Then each progressive chapter in the section is for more advanced users. There is even a "Getting Started" section that is great for beginners and people trying to introduce TFS into their organziation. In total, there are 5 sections:

- Getting Started
- Version Control
- Project Management
- Team Foundation Build
- Administration

What makes this book especially good, is that it is not a rehash of information from MSDN. The authors give information that can't be found anywhere else and share their personal best practices that they have learned through thousands of deployments with customers.

As an expert in TFS, I was and am learning new things through this book all the time. What a great resource! It is essential if you want to get the most out of your TFS deployment!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have TFS 2010 Reference April 18, 2011
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Team Foundation Server is a broad subject and this is a broad book. The good news is, it is also deep.

The book is broken down into 6 parts getting started, version control, project management, team foundation build, and administration.

The book covers planning a deployment, installation and configuration, ensuring code quality, migration from legacy version control systems, branching and merging, work item tracking, customizing process templates, reporting and SharePoint dashboards, customizing the build process, scalability and high availability, disaster recovery, security, performance, testing and lab management, and distributed teams.

It covers all topics in-depth and with a clear writing styling. The text is very well written. It can be read from front to back or it can be used as a reference.

The downloadable code was very well organized and usable.

My two favorite part were the branching strategies and the process template customization. There is not a lot of good info out there on customizing the process templates, so this coverage is very valuable.

All in all if you are using or administering TFS, this is a must have reference.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for All Users of TFS
This book does a great job of covering end-to-end usage of TFS. For TFS admins, they will want a cover to cover read, but developers or project managers will likely read just a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by trout
4.0 out of 5 stars Got it because I am a first time user
Bought book when i started a new job that had TFS. This book got me around and use to the functionality quickly. I would recommend for a newbie.
Published 12 months ago by Brendan
4.0 out of 5 stars The only one, a must to have
There is not really much to say about this book, except that if you plan to work with TFS 2010, just buy this book.
That's it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Raffaele Garofalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book . A new Build engineer can easily go through TFS using this book. It is useful for reading anytime, during work or during pass time.
Published 17 months ago by Manoj
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful resource
I have used this book many times since purchasing it. I haven't sat down and read it yet but I use it as a reference and it helps a ton.
Published on June 30, 2011 by S. Grater
4.0 out of 5 stars Great treatment, but yet incomplete in many areas.
I have been an admin of TFS since 2006, and have enjoyed seeing the product mature. There is good material here on the explanation on the implementation of the architecture and... Read more
Published on June 11, 2011 by A. F. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this to your bookshelf
A few months back some distinguished members of the Microsoft ALM community released Professional Team Foundation Server 2010. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by Michael Fourie
5.0 out of 5 stars Something of anyone who uses TFS2010
So who is this book for? Well it is a comprehensive guide to TFS 2010, its components and their usage, but this does not mean the book is only for teams new to TFS or people... Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by R. J. Fennell
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TFS Book Yet
This book is way more than is list of features and demo-level descriptions. It targets the questions and issues that professional teams encounter with the implementation and use... Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by Robert M. Hardister
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