ALM with Team Foundation Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010 (Part 1)

Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and SharePoint 2010 are excellent tools to use for managing projects and applications. In this series on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), I will show you from start to finish how to manage your projects in TFS 2010 and SharePoint 2010. For this example, I will use these tools to manage the creation of a new SharePoint 2010 intranet portal for my company, DeviantPoint.

This series does not cover installation and configuration of TFS, SharePoint 2010, and SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services. Those are topics I may cover in a future post. However, here are some fairly good resources that should help you get started with that:

Part 1: Creating a Team Project Collection

1. Open the Team Foundation Administration Console.
2. Create a new collection under Server –> Application Tier –> Team Project Collections.
3. Click Create Collection.

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4. Provide a name and description for the new Project Collection.

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5. Specify the data tier (SQL Server and database name).

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6. Specify the SharePoint web application and path to new site collection.

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7. Specify the SQL Server Reporting Services server. Note that TFS doesn’t work with SSRS SharePoint Integrated mode. In my environment, I have two SSRS servers, one that runs in SharePoint Integrated mode (for my BI-related demos) and one that doesn’t. Here, I’m specifying the URL to the Reporting Services server that doesn’t run in integrated mode.

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8. Configure the Lab Management (not currently configured in my environment)

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9. Review the Configuration and make changes as necessary.

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10. Run Readiness Check.

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11. Create the new Team Project Collection.

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12. Close the wizard.

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12. Review the top-level site collection created in SharePoint.

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13. Review SQL Server Reporting Services.

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