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Connecting Visual Studio 2008 Team Explorer to Team Foundation Server 2010

by on Jun.10, 2009, under Storage

Connecting Visual Studio 2008 Team Explorer to Team Foundation Server 2010

A few days ago I decided to install Windows Server 2008 SP2 along with the beta of Team Foundation Server 2010 so that I could kick the tires and see what Brian Harry and his team have done with the forthcoming release.

One major improvement with Team Foundation Server 2010 is that it supports 64-bit operating systems within the Application Tier (AT). With that in mind I then installed a fresh copy of the 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 SP2 for the evaluation and the Windows team did an excellent job with this release of the server platform. While I would have chosen Windows Server 2008 R2 if the RTM code was available, I thought it best not to have too many pre-release components if possible.

After installing SQL Server 2008 SP1 the next component to be installed was Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the associated Team Explorer 2008 SP1. You should note that Team Foundation Server 2010 requires SQL Server 2008 now.

With the current generation of tools installed it was time to install Team Foundation Server 2010 and Visual Studio 2010.

While I was able to connect to the local Team Foundation Server 2010 instance from Visual Studio 2010 there was an error when I attempted to do the same from Visual Studio 2008.

Within Visual Studio 2010 the Add Team Foundation Server dialog allows you to enter the hostname of the instance and dialog previews the correct URL for you. As you&aposll see in the next few screens the connection from Visual Studio 2010 worked as expected.


When attempting to connect to the Team Foundation Server 2010 instance from within Visual Studio 2008, the following error was received.

If you need to connect to an instance of Team Foundation Server 2010 from Visual Studio 2008 you will need to provide the full URL of the instance within the Add Team Foundation Server dialog. Using the hostname alone will result in the TF31002 error. If you provide the full URL then the connection will succeed as expected.

If you are unsure as to the URL to provide then you should open the Team Foundation Administration Console which displays the instance URL when the Application Tier is selected in the tree.


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