Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TFS tutorials for beginners




What is TFS?
It is a team foundation server. It is a central repository  or storage with version control. Initially Microsoft has VSS(Visual source safe ) for version control. TFS is new extended version of VSS with lot of new features and capabilities.
Three major features
  •  Source Control
  •  Builds
  • Work Items

We will discuss all of above shortly.    Lets start with connect to TFS server with images.


In order to connect TFS from visual studio. Click on Team menu and click on "Connect to Team Foundation Server.."  You can do it same from Start page also.



It will open following dialog box. Click on "Servers.." button.



You can add your TFS server here by clicking on Add button.



Add TFS server Name. If you have additional path after server then you can add it in Path text box. It will show final TFS url in preview section.



 Once you add url, you will get following like dialog box window, where you can find all team projects. you can select your project by check it and click on "Connect".


After connect it opens Team explorer window in visual studio. Which has sections like  Documents, Reports, Work Items, Builds, Source Control.


Source control opens following like  explorer in visual studio. Select your project folder. that project folder should be mapped with your local machines folder. If it is not mapped then it shows at Local Path section as "Not mapped". Click on "Not mapped" link and you can map TFS folder with local machine folder.


It opens following like window. you can insert your local machine path to  map folder. once you click on "Map" button. It downloads all source code files from TFS server to your local machine mapped folder.


It will show following like explorer after mapping. you can find your .sln (solution) file and directly open from there.


You can see different  symbol for particular files. 
  "+" is for newly added file
            "right mark" for checked out file.
"lock" for checked in file


Add new file

You can add new file from project solution and it will automatically added to TFS and shows as "+" symbol. you also can add existing file to TFS from Source Control explorer by right click and "Add items to folder".


Check out


If you want to change already existing file then you need to checked out it first. It will lock files for other users and available for you in edit mode. checked out file shows in "right mark" symbol.


Check in

After finished working on file you can commit your changes back to TFS by check in them.  you can check single file by right click on that file from solution explorer in visual studio and click on "Check in".


You can add your comments like what change you have done etc. on comments box. you can see all related files only has checked for check in following image.



You can also check in multiple file by opening "View Pending changes" window in visual studio. you can select multiple files from there by checked them and check in together. you can also attach "Work Item" for each check in. Check in will create new Change set in TFS. it will be new unique changes set number assigned for each change set. 


Added more info here (http://atulkumarpatelsblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/tfs-with-vs-2013-tutorial.html)






69 comments:

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    1. Thanks Jaya. If you have any question let me know. I will try to resolve.

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    2. Hi Atul!
      I just have a question
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      It opens following like window. you can insert your local machine path to map folder. once you click on "Map" button. It downloads all source code files from TFS server to your local machine mapped folder ""
      My TFS Server is empty bz I just installed it. How to add all source code file + folders of an existing project/website to TFS Server and then I can map it to the local workspace

      Thank

      Rao

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    3. Hi,

      You can map local folder the way you explain above. then you can manually copy your source code file to that folder. Open Source control explorer on visual studio, Go to your project and right click on that folder will give Menu. Which has option like "Add Items to folder". You can select all files and folder to add in TFS. Once you add it, it will show as checked out. you need to check in them.

      Hope this will help.

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  3. Hey Atul Thank you very much for this tutorial. I am a beginner in C# .Net development. I want to prepare for the entry level developer interview, Do you have any links or documents for that. Any suggestion on which topic to go for would also work. Thanks in advance.

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  4. I have another blog of Interview questions. http://patelsblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/interview-questions.html
    I have not separated it by beginners and Advance thought.
    Hope it will help you.




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    1. Thank you very much for the link Atul. It was very helpful.

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  6. Hi Atul,
    Its a good and knowledgeable write-up for a beginner. You have explained the basic task we can accomplish in TFS.
    Do you have anything to share for a experienced professional especially for a build and release engineer?

    And asking this just out of curiosity, what does the "...continue" at the end of your write-up stands for? Its not a hyperlink, then what it is for?Is something coming up soon?

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  7. Hi vb@release-work,
    Its good that you like this blog. Actually I have written it to help someone to understand and also thought that it may helpful to others also who is just beginners. so instead of sending private email, I created this. I also wanted to provide more information on same blog thats why continue is there. I will sure try to write more on same topic if people really find it helpful.
    ~Atul

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  8. Hello
    Please may I know if you have tutorials on Java, or selenium or QTP for free?
    Thanks
    Rosalyn

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  9. Hi Rosalyn..
    Currently I don't have any, but one of my friend do it.
    Check following web site.
    http://www.softwaretestinghelp.org/ .. You can contact them and tell my name as reference if you want.

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  10. Hi Atul ,
    Your article on TFS is quite helpful for beginners like me and will really appreciate for more articles on topics like TFS installation, remote accessibility on TFS etc.

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  12. Hi Atul
    I am system admin and don't know anything about TFS. I just created a AD user. How can i allow him to access TFS site? I mean where i have to add him?

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    1. Hi Virat,

      I think following steps will help you.
      Open Visual Studio
      Open Team Explorer
      Click on "Settings"
      Click on Security under "Team Project"

      You can find different Users and Groups section.
      Below that you can find "Add users and groups". you can add users from there by pressing "Add" button. You also can find "Permission for {your selected project from above section}". You can assign permission to newly created User from there.

      I hope this will help.
      ~Atul

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    2. Thank you. It worked for me. I have an other issue with same user. User is able to connect(connect to different project) with other projects. Is there any to restrict him to only his project?

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  13. Hi Atul or others,

    Urgent help needed !! My perspective client has shown to use TFS for their project and specially they want it for requirement gathering. I am completely novice and don't know much like how TFS help in requirement gathering part? I got superb help from your blog and I wish to play around the projects but just wondering I don't have any server which I can connect to , so just wondering can I create a server or offline server and later do the practice of further things available in TFS like checkin , checkout etc? Your immediate help is highly appreciated !!

    Regards
    Rahul

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    1. Hi Sara/Rahul,

      For you I will write another blog and explain you how can you do it.

      ~Atul

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    2. Hi Atul, did you get chance to create another blog for Sara's question?

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    3. Hi Atul, did you get chance to create another blog for Sara's question?

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    4. Hi Kavita,

      I have another blog on new version of TFS. But not like exact answer for Sara's Question. To answer about her Question, If you don't have TFS server on premises, You can try TFS online provided by microsoft. Its free up to 5 Users. Thanks

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  14. Hi ATUL.. your presentation is quite good for a beginner,,.. can you provide TFS in experienced manner...thank you..

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    1. Hi Karthik,
      Sure I will do it. What else you wanted to know about TFS? Microsoft has provided enough tutorials and video's for it. This blogs are for someone who doesn't know anything and wanted to start. I have written another blog on same topics and also provided all Url's for Microsoft tutorials and videos about TFS. here "http://atulkumarpatelsblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/tfs-with-vs-2013-tutorial.html"

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    2. Hi Atul ,

      I am looking more deep functions in TFS. like branching , merging , work items , build , deployments , will you able to take classes for me

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  15. easy to understand in user friendly language.

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  16. It is really nice and understandable, you should write more, people will like it.

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  17. Hi,
    Thanks for the post.

    Actually currently we are implementing TFS 2013-Agile process template.


    I just want to know what features TFS provides.Please correct me if i am wrong.

    1 .BUild -
    ex:if i m connected to TFS server says ServerA.In local machine if i am connecting or creating project
    using vs 2013,ServerA.,
    what is continuous integration.?
    what it is??What i have understood is -if i have checked continous integration(build) and done changes to file ,check-in
    is that it will be moved to the ServerA.Am i right?

    2.Features:
    Agile methodlogy,
    Code Reviews,
    Version control,
    code reusablilty,

    Is there any other features??

    3.how to maintain the folders like Dev , QA ,Prod

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  18. Hi, Very good blog for beginner... which I am. I've been working / floundering around in TSF for about two weeks. Here is my scenario:
    I made changes to our team project and check it in. I over looked something and need to fix and rebuild the project. In the mean time another user has checked out the project and have made their changes. It is still checked out to them. However, I have been able to make changes to the project saved on my machine up until yesterday. Nowe I'm getting messages that its checked out by another user and will not all me to make changes on my machine.

    How do I fix this? How do I fix the code so that I can build and test on my machine before moving it to our development server where the other programmer can pick up my new changes?

    Help! One small change has hosed up several others timeline waiting to make their changes in TSF.

    Thanks for you time!

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  19. Covered all basic ideas of TFS and easy to understand.

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  20. Hi Atul,

    I have configured a project from TFS 2010 and mapped it. After mapping when i open the solution in VS2010, it is not showing me the checked in and checked out option. But when i do any changes to the files in the project , it automatically updates the TFS. Please help me how to resolve this.

    Thanks,
    Kumar

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  21. sir I am a fresher(B.Tech) so working in TFS has future ??
    if yes than what kind??

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    1. TFS is just a code repository like Github. You can make career on TFS admin. But opportunity would be limited. And any developer has to do TFS daily basis so there is not such kind of need to have TFS admin. So I won't suggest you to just concentrate on TFS. Sorry for late reply. I am also a developer not a TFS admin. :)

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    2. Sir currently I am working in TFS, can you help me with what technologies or language I can prepare myself so that it can help me in future for switching projects or company.

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  22. Hi Atul

    This is krishna. Actually i wanted to work with MTM for that i install TFS 2013. after that. i want to know how to configure both TfS and MTM . wanted to know more features of the TFS and MTM can you Help me .


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  23. It was really an amazing experience while going through your blog. very useful post regarding TFS

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