A while back an announcement was made that TFSPreview.com had been made available for general testing. Various bloggers at Microsoft put an invitation token in their MSDN blogs so everyone can have a go at it.
In this article series we’ll take a very quick look at what the hosted TFS solution by Microsoft looks like.
Articles currently in the series:
[blockquote]Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Connect your development rig
Part 3: Configuring a Build server to work with TFS preview (this post)
Part 4: Connect your project to TFS and create a build definition[/blockquote]
Getting your first scheduled build up and running
In order to get a scheduled build that talks to your TFSPreview repository, you’ll need to follow these steps and make sure the prerequisites are fulfilled.
- Install the Build Service for the Team Foundation Server 2011 Developer Preview
This download contains Visual Studio 2011 Developer Preview with TFS 2011 Developer Preview
- Preferably a separate machine aimed for builds.
Note: If you don’t have SharePoint 2010 installed, the installer have an option for installing SharePoint Foundation 2010 for you. In my case however, I’ve got SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise running already.
Installing the package
You’ll need to accept the EULA and if you’re awesome you’ll keep the second checkbox checked so Microsoft can review any issues that may be encountered during the process so they can have a look at them pre-RTM. Click Continue and then click Install Now in the dialog that follows:
You may or may not need to reboot the computer while it’s performing the installation, depending on whether you’ve had some of the prerequisite artifacts installed prior to the installation or not.
Now just sit tight for a while as the installer takes care of the installation for you. Grab a newspaper, get a coffee, check some important stuff on Twitter or simply multitask with other things while you wait.
Please note: At this point you have several options for how to proceed with your installation. You can now choose one of the following installation options:
- Configure Team Foundation Application Server
- Configure Team Foundation Server Proxy
- Configure Team Foundation Build Service
- Configure Extensions for SharePoint Products
In my case I’ll be choosing the "Configure Team Foundation Build Service" since I only need the actual Build Agents and Build Service – the TFSpreview.com is hosting the actual TFS server.
Next step will present you with a dialog like the following, where you’ll have to choose what default team project collection to utilize for the build server. Since we don’t have TFS installed the box is currently empty, but fear not for your TFS server is hosted in the cloud (tfspreview.com, remember?) so we’ll just have to go and add that connection as well.
Validate the Build Server
Clicking the "Team Foundation Server Administration Console" should bring you forth the following dialog where you can validate that your machine is properly up and running with a build server and agents. Click the "Build Configuration" option in the menu to the left and make sure your build agents are running under the controller:
If you’ve followed along with the steps in this post you’ll see how easy it is to get up and running with creating a build server (controllers+agents) for your TFS. In this case, I chose to do a connection to the TFSpreview-hosted TFS account.
In my next post in this series I’ll talk about how you can create a new build from Visual Studio 2010 from your dev-machine and have it automatically build on this build server. Gotta love automation!