Using Microsoft Team Foundation Sever 2008 from Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 for Source Code Control and Build

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Action

You are using Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2008. You have a number of projects built using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. You would like to use your Team Foundation Server 2008...

  1. As the Source Code Control provide from within Visual Studio 2005.
  2. To build your Visual Studio 2005 projects.

Resolution

  1. Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2008 can be accessed, integrated, from within Visual Studio 2005 IDE as the Source Code Control provider. To do so you will need to install the Visual Studio Team System 2005 Team Explorer, which is included on the Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2005 media. Once installed, Team Explorer will be available inside your Visual Studio 2005 IDE and you can use it to connect to your Team Foundation Server 2008.

    You can also use the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Explorer, which is provided as a free download, to perform Source Code Control operations. When installed on a machine with only Visual Studio 2005, the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Explorer will install as a stand-alone simplified Visual Studio 2008 environment, used solely to access the Team Foundation Server 2008 services, including Source Code Control. It will not be integrated with the Visual Studio 2005 IDE.

  2. Visual Studio 2005 projects can be built using the Team Foundation Server 2008 build services, but it requires a bit of work. For more details, please refer to this BLOG entry:

    http://ozgrant.com/2007/10/22/vsts-2005-2008-compatibility-matrix

    If you line up "VS 2005" in the left-hand vertical column with "Build 2008" in the top horizontal bar you will see "Yes. Note #2, #3".

More Information

To download a free copy of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Explorer, visit this web page:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0ED12659-3D41-4420-BBB0-A46E51BFCA86&displaylang=en

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Article ID: 949873 - Last Review: February 29, 2008 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server
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