Administering Team Foundation Server 2017

This three-day, instructor-led Administering Team Foundation Server 2017 class provides students with the knowledge and skills to deploy, configure, and manage Microsoft Team Foundation Server 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.


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  1. Learn about TFS editions and components.
  2. Learn about aupported topologies and environments.
  3. Learn about umt-have TFS administration tools.
  4. Learn about hardware and software requirements.
  5. Learn about required service accounts and permissions.
  6. Install Team Foundation Server.
  7. Configure Team Foundation Server.
  8. Manage relevant SQL Server components.
  9. Manage relevant SharePoint components.
  10. Install and using Team Explorer.
  11. Install and using TFS Power Tools.
  12. Learn about team project collecti1ons and team projects.
  13. Use and customize process templates.
  1. Module 1
    1. Introduction to Team Foundation Server
    2. Introduction to
    3. Team Foundation Server
    4. Editions, components, and configurations
    5. Visual Studio Team Services comparion
    6. TFS' support of Application Lifecycle Management
    7. TFS administrator responsibilities and tasks
    8. "Must-have" tools of a TFS administrator
  2. Module 2
    1. Planning and Deploying TFS
    2. Planning the deployment
    3. System requirements, software, and accounts
    4. Installing and configuring TFS
    5. Installing Team Explorer
    6. Troubleshooting
  3. Module 3
    1. Configuring TFS
    2. Administrator roles and tools
    3. Managing team project collections
    4. Managing team projects
    5. Managing process templates
    6. Securing TFS, SharePoint, and SQL Server
    7. Renaming and deleting a team project
  4. Module 4
    1. Client Applications
    2. TFS Client Access Licenses (CAL)
    3. Team Explorer and the web portal
    4. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project
    5. SharePoint project portal
    6. Team Explorer Everywhere
    7. Command-line and 3rd party tools
  5. Module 5
    1. Version Control
    2. Overview of Git and TFVC version control systems
    3. Integration with Visual Studio
    4. Using TFVC and Git version control
    5. Basic and advanced workflows
    6. Controlling access to version control
    7. Command-line tools and utilities
    8. TFS Proxy, MSSCCI Provider, and TFS Sidekicks
  6. Module 6
    1. Building and Releasing
    2. Overview of the Visual Studio build system
    3. Build agents, agent pools, agent queues
    4. Creating and queuing a build
    5. Monitoring, and managing a build
    6. Securing the build process
    7. Running tests as part of the build
    8. Overview of Package Management
    9. Overview of Release Management
    10. Defining, creating, and deploying a release
  7. Module 7
    1. Upgrading, Migrating, and Integrating
    2. Upgrading Team Foundation Server
    3. In-place vs. migration upgrade
    4. Performing post-upgrade tasks
    5. Migrating work items
    6. Migrating items under version control
    7. Integrating with Team Foundation Server
    8. Custom and 3rd party solutions
  8. Module 8
    1. Advanced Administration
    2. Monitoring the health of Team Foundation Server
    3. Web-based diagnostic tools
    4. Options for scalability and high availability
    5. Disaster recovery, backup, and restore
    6. Moving Team Foundation Server
    7. Managing the data warehouse
    8. Using PowerShell to manage TFS
  9. Module 9
    1. Customizing and Extending
    2. Customizing vs. extending
    3. Customizing a process template
    4. Customizing a work item type
    5. Creating default work items
    6. Creating and using a global list
    7. Using Witadmin.exe
    8. Using work item templates
    9. Creating a custom report
    10. Using the REST API to extend
    11. Team Foundation Server
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 Azure DevOps Services class:

  • Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
  • Windows security and networking basics
  • SQL Server 2014 or 2016
  • SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Foundation 2013
  • Visual Studio 2013, 2015, or 2017
  • Your organization's ALM process and tools
  • Reading and understanding Visual C# code

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Length: 3 Days
  • Private Class for your Team
  • Online or On-location
  • Customizable
  • Expert Instructors

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