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TFS Installation: No Longer Rocket Science

I think one of the best things that I’ve observed in playing around with TFS 2010 was how easy it was to install.  This was a pretty big hurdle in previous versions, but 2010 has installation pared down to a “Next, Next, Finish” level of complexity in some simple scenarios.  In particular, the “Basic” installation, which doesn’t include the SharePoint or Reporting Services components, is brain-dead simple.

In addition, TFS can now be installed on client OSes (Vista and above), and use the free SQL Server Express.  It will even go so far as to install SQL Express for you if you don’t already have it installed (you probably already do if you’ve installed Visual Studio).  You can download Beta 2 of TFS 2010 from here.

However, if you don’t want to sully your pristine machine with Beta products, there’s a fully configured Virtual PC image available for download here.

In other words, it’s pretty trivial now to try out TFS yourself if you’re stuck on SourceSafe and are looking to try out all the other mainstream options, or (like me) if your shop’s already using TFS and you’d like to try your hand at some of the administrative features that are behind lock and key.