Team Foundation Server 2015

On August 6, 2015 the newest version of the Team Foundation Server (TFS) was released with the collaboration platform at the core of Microsoft’s application lifecycle management (ALM) solution.

You can install Team Foundation Server from the following link.

Download:   Team Foundation Server 2015 RTM

Basic license expanded

The following features are now available to all Team Foundation Server users with a “Basic” license:

  • Web-based test execution
  • Agile portfolio management
  • Work item chart authoring
  • Team Rooms

What this means: All teams of five or fewer members with a “Basic” license have access to these features using Team Web Access for free, while larger teams can access this functionality at a much lower price point.

Changes to schema in databases

Team Foundation Server 2015 includes a large number of changes to the schema used in its databases, and as such, an upgrade from TFS 2013 and older releases is expected to take a significant amount of time. Because upgrades are offline, Microsoft is providing a tool, TfsPreUpgrade.exe, which can be used to perform the most time-expensive portions of the upgrade online against TFS 2013 QU4 and QU5 deployments. The Upgrade wizard includes a readiness check, which warns you if your database is large enough that running TfsPreUpgrade.exe is recommended.

SharePoint Extensions

In the past, if you wanted your Team Foundation Server integrated with a SharePoint instance that was on a different machine, you could either run the Team Foundation Server installer on the SharePoint server and then configure TFS Extensions for SharePoint or run a special installer (tfs_sharePointExtensions.exe) that put only the bits necessary for configuring TFS Extensions for SharePoint.

We have removed this special installer, so to integrate your Team Foundation Server with SharePoint, you must run the Team Foundation Server installer on the SharePoint server and then configure TFS Extensions for SharePoint.

More details about TFS 2015

https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/tfs2015-vs.aspx#indentav

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2015/04/29/visual-studio-and-team-foundation-server-at-build-2015.aspx

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