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Administering Team Foundation Server 2015 Training

Course ID: ACC-TFS2015
Duration: 3 Days

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This three‐day course provides students with the knowledge and skills to deploy, configure, and manage Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2015 and related software components. 

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Learning Objectives

At course completion, attendees will have had exposure to …

  • TFS editions and components 
  • Supported topologies and environments 
  • Must‐have TFS administration tools 
  • Hardware and software requirements 
  • Required service accounts and permissions 
  • Installing Team Foundation Server 
  • Configuring Team Foundation Server 
  • Managing relevant SQL Server components 
  • Managing relevant SharePoint components 
  • Installing and using Team Explorer 
  • Installing and using TFS Power Tools 
  • Team project collections and team projects 
  • Using and customizing process templates 
  • Installing and using TFS Administration Tool 
  • Running Best Practice Analyzer 
  • TFS licensing and Client Access Licenses 
  • Connecting and using Microsoft Excel & Project 
  • Integrating TFS and SharePoint 
  • Using Team Web Access 
  • Extending Team Foundation Server
  • Git and TFVC version control systems
  • Basic and advanced version control workflows
  • Labeling, shelving, branching, and merging
  • Configuring and using check‐in policies
  • Controlling access to version controlled items
  • Command‐line and third party tools
  • Configuring and using Team Foundation Build
  • Deploying and using build agents
  • Creating and queuing automated builds
  • Using gated check‐in and private builds
  • Customizing the build process
  • Strategies for upgrading and migrating to TFS
  • Integrating TFS with other systems and data
  • High availability and scalability options
  • Capacity planning and disaster recovery
  • Backing up, restoring, and moving TFS data
  • Managing the data warehouse
  • Using PowerShell to manage TFS
  • Customizing Team Foundation Server


This course is intended for experienced administrators with a background in either software development or system administration. Team leaders, lead developers, and other accidental Team Foundation Server administrators are also encouraged to take this course. This course will also help a student prepare for the relevant Microsoft certification exam. 


Before attending this course, students should have experience or familiarity with:

  • Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 
  • Windows security and networking basics  
  • SQL Server 2012 or 2014  
  • SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Foundation 2013
  • Visual Studio 2012, 2013, or 2015
  • Their organization’s ALM process and tools 
  • Reading and understanding Visual C# code

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Team Foundation Server   

  • Introduction to Team Foundation Server   
  • Editions, components, and configurations  
  • Visual Studio Online comparison  
  • TFS' support of Application Lifecycle Management  
  • TFS administrator responsibilities and tasks  
  • “Must‐have” tools of a TFS administrator  

Module 2: Planning and Deploying TFS  

  • Planning the deployment  
  • System requirements, software, and accounts  
  • Installing and configuring TFS  
  • Installing Team Explorer  
  • Installing TFS Power Tools  
  • Troubleshooting  

Module 3: Configuring TFS  

  • Administrator roles and tools  
  • Managing team project collections  
  • Managing team projects  
  • Managing process templates  
  • Securing TFS, SharePoint, and SQL Server  
  • Using the community TFS Admin Tool  
  • Renaming and deleting a team project  

Module 4: Client Applications  

  • TFS Client Access Licenses (CAL)  
  • Team Explorer and Team Web Access   
  • Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project  
  • SharePoint project portal  
  • Command‐line and 3rd party tools  
  • Using work item templates

Module 5: Version Control  

  • Overview of Git and TFVC version control systems  
  • Integration with Visual Studio
  • Setting up and configuring Git version control
  • Setting up and configuring TFVC version control
  • Basic and advanced workflows
  • Controlling access to version control
  • TF and TFPT command‐line tools
  • TFS Proxy and MSSCCI Provider
  • TFS Sidekicks

Module 6: Team Foundation Build

  • Overview of the Visual Studio 2015 build system
  • Build agents and agent pools
  • Creating, queuing, monitoring, and managing a build
  • Securing the build process
  • Using gated check‐in and private builds
  • Customizing the build process

Module 7: Upgrading, Migrating, and Integrating

  • Upgrading Team Foundation Server
  • Standard vs. advanced upgrades
  • Performing post‐upgrade tasks
  • Migrating work items and version controlled items
  • Integrating with Team Foundation Server 
  • Custom and 3rd party solutions

Module 8: Advanced Administration

  • Monitoring the health of Team Foundation Server 
  • Options for scalability and high availability
  • Disaster recovery, backup, and restore
  • Moving Team Foundation Server
  • Managing the data warehouse
  • Using PowerShell to manage TFS

Module 9: Customizing and Extending

  • Customizing vs. extending
  • Customizing a process template
  • Customizing a work item type
  • Creating and using a global list
  • Using Witadmin.exe
  • Using the TFPT Process Editor
  • Creating a custom report
  • Creating a custom check‐in policy

Free Resources from Intertech

2 Free Resources: Missed Issues in Software Estimation and Stakeholder Questionnaire

Free Guide: Tips For A Virtual Development Environment

Free Whitepaper: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) TFS Pivot Table Reporting