Administering Team Foundation Server 2013

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  • For Groups of 5+
  • Online or On-location
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This three-day, instructor-led training class provides students with the knowledge and skills to deploy, configure, and manage Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 and related software components.

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.

  1. Understanding of TFS editions and components
  2. Understanding of supported topologies and environments
  3. Understanding of must-have TFS administration tools
  4. Understanding of hardware and software requirements
  5. Understanding of required service accounts and permissions
  6. Ability to install Team Foundation Server
  7. Ability to configure Team Foundation Server
  8. Install and use Team Explorer
  9. Install and use TFS Power Tools
  10. Team project collections and team projects
  11. Use and customize process templates
  12. Manage relevant SQL Server components
  13. Manage relevant SharePoint components
  14. Use the TFS Administration Tool (CodePlex)
  15. Run Best Practice Analyzer
  16. Understand TFS licensing and Client Access Licenses (CAL)
  17. Connect and use Microsoft Excel & Project
  18. Integrate TFS and SharePoint
  19. Use Team Web Access
  1. Introduction to Team Foundation Server
    1. Introduction to TFS
    2. Editions, Components, Configurations
    3. Visual Studio Online
    4. Application Lifecycle Management
    5. TFS' Support of ALM
    6. Administrator Responsibilities & Tasks
    7. "Must-have" Tools to Manage TFS
  2. Planning and Deploying
    1. Planning the Deployment
    2. System Requirements
    3. Prerequisite Software and Accounts
    4. Installing and Configuring TFS
    5. Installing Team Explorer
    6. Installing TFS Power Tools
    7. Troubleshooting
  3. Configuring
    1. Administrator Roles and Tools
    2. Managing Team Project Collections
    3. Managing Team Projects
    4. Managing Process Templates
    5. Managing Security Permissions
    6. Securing SharePoint and SQL Server
    7. Using the TFS Admin Tool (CodePlex)
    8. Deleting a Team Project
  4. Client Applications
    1. Overview of TFS licensing (i.e. CALs)
    2. Team Explorer
    3. Microsoft Excel
    4. Microsoft Project
    5. Team Web Access
    6. SharePoint Project Portal
    7. Command-line and 3rd Party Tools
  5. Version Control
    1. Overview of TFS Version Control
    2. Integration with Visual Studio
    3. Creating and Managing Workspaces
    4. Basic and Advanced Workflows
    5. Get, Check-out, Check-in
    6. Check-in Policies
    7. Locking, Unlocking, and Conflicts
    8. Shelving, Unshelving, and Labeling
    9. Branching, Merging, and Patterns
    10. Configuring a Team Project for Git
    11. Controlling Access to Version Control
    12. TF and TFPT Command-line Tools
    13. TFS Proxy and MSSCCI Provider
    14. TFS Sidekicks (Attrice)
  6. Team Foundation Build
    1. Team Foundation Build architecture
    2. Controllers and agents
    3. Securing the build process
    4. Defining and running a build
    5. Using TFSBuild.exe
    6. Automating Team Foundation Build
    7. Gated check-ins and private builds
    8. Using build process templates
    9. Customizing a build process template
    10. Team Foundation Build community
  7. Upgrading, Migrating, Integrating
    1. Team Foundation Server upgrade
    2. Standard vs. advanced upgrades
    3. Post upgrade tasks
    4. Migrating work items
    5. Migrating version controlled items
    6. Integrating with TFS
    7. TFS Integration Tools (Microsoft)
    8. TFS Integration Platform (CodePlex)
    9. Custom and 3rd party solutions
  8. Advanced Administration
    1. Monitoring the health of TFS
    2. Options for scalability
    3. Options for high availability
    4. Disaster recovery, backup, restore
    5. Moving Team Foundation Server
    6. Managing the Data Warehouse
    7. Setup Automated Report Delivery
    8. Using PowerShell to Manage TFS
  9. Customizing and Extending
    1. Customizing vs. Extending
    2. Customizing a Process Template
    3. Customizing a Work Item Type
    4. Creating and Using a Global List
    5. Using Witadmin.exe
    6. Using the TFPT Process Editor
    7. Using Work Item Templates
    8. Creating a Custom Report
    9. Creating a Custom Check-in Policy
Class Materials

Each student in our Live Online and our Onsite classes receives a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Team Foundation Server class:

  • Windows Server 2008, 2008R2, or 2012.
  • Windows security and networking basics.
  • SQL Server 2008, 2008R2, or 2012.
  • SharePoint 2007, 2010 or 2013.
  • Visual Studio 2010, 2012, or 2013.
  • Understanding of your organization’s ALM processes and tools.
  • Reading and understanding Visual C# code.
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