DUNS #: 07-985-4198 | Cage Code: 7F5V0 | NAICS Codes: 611310, 611420

TFS 2015 Configuration & Administration

4 Days

Price: $2795

Course Schedule


This newly expanded 4-day course is designed for team members who are responsible for the installation, configuration, and administration of Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2015. It features a mix of lectures and hands-on lab exercises designed to ensure attendees gain the maximum benefit from the course.

This course has been designed to equip attendees with a solid knowledge of the many areas that a TFS champion is often called upon to configure and manage. Key topics covered in this course include product installation, security & permissions, reporting, customization, and team build.

If you’re responsible for looking after your organization’s TFS Server, then this is the course for you.


At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
Plan TFS deployment and install TFS 2015 in a variety of topologies
Create appropriate service accounts
Use the Best Practices Analyzer to validate a TFS deployment
Plan a migration and/or upgrade to TFS 2015
Understand the value of quarterly updates and how to install them
Configure SMTP support and customize email alerts
Keep TFS data safe using backup and restore
Monitor the health and performance of a TFS instance
Plan project hierarchies using team projects and team project collections
Create, modify, rename, and delete team projects and team project collections
Configure standard role-based security for team projects
Use advanced security to manage fine-grained security
Configure version control settings including backward compatibility
Customize the process template to better suit the team’s requirements
Understand the reporting infrastructure and create custom Excel reports
Configure data warehouse and OLAP cube refresh and rebuilds
Plan, install, and manage the new build environments introduced in 2015
Optimize build infrastructure to provide fast feedback to teams
Install and configure build infrastructure for legacy XAML builds (pre-2015 builds)


This course is designed for administrators and software development professionals responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of a Team Foundation Server. Every organization using TFS should have at least one or two “TFS champions” who are skilled in the topics and areas covered in this course.


Attendees should have some familiarity with installations of server products such as operating systems, SQL server, etc. Some experience using Visual Studio would also be beneficial.


Module 1: Introducing the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Family

What’s new in Visual Studio 2015
Overview of the Visual Studio 2015 family
Overview of product features
A lap around Visual Studio Online
Project workflow across the Visual Studio 2015 suite of products
Module 2: Planning a TFS 2015 Deployment

Overview of TFS architecture
Planning a TFS deployment
An overview of product licensing
Module 3: Installing TFS

Installing and configuring TFS prerequisites
TFS 2015 installation
Using the Best Practice Analyzer
Integration with SharePoint
Module 4: Upgrading to TFS 2015

Overview of upgrade options
In-place vs migration-based upgrades
Performing the upgrade
Migration options from other version control providers
Module 5: Managing TFS Instances

Using the TFS Administration Console
Configuring SMTP support for TFS
Customizing email alerts
TFS server health monitoring
Changing service accounts
Viewing installed updates
Module 6: TFS Backup and Restore

TFS backup and restore strategies
Understanding the TFS databases
Creating a backup schedule
The restore process
Refreshing the client data cache
Module 7: Creating and Managing Team Projects

Creating team projects
Understanding team project collections
Creating project welcome pages
Renaming team projects
Deleting team projects
Module 8: Configuring Team Project-Level Security

Overview of TFS security
Configuring security using standard groups
Understanding and configuring teams
Module 9: Advanced Security and Permissions

Fine-grain security options
Troubleshooting security
TFS server-level permissions
Setting permissions at the team project collection level
Setting Web Access permissions
Restricting access in TFS
Using command line tools for managing security
Module 10: Source Control Configuration

Create source control folder structures
Setting project-wide source control settings
Understanding workspaces
Using the TF command line utility
Using the TFS rollback command
Using the TFS proxy to improve performance
Backward compatibility using the MSSCCI provider
Module 11: Managing Process Templates

Understanding process templates
Basics of template customization
Adding new fields to work item types
Adding new work item types
Adding new queries and reports
Updating an upgraded team project
Module 12: Reporting

Understanding the reporting architecture
Adding new reports
Creating ad hoc reports using Excel
TFS warehouse and OLAP Cube overview
Changing the data warehouse and analysis services cube processing frequency
Rebuild the data warehouse and analysis services cube
Module 13: Build Automation

Overview of build infrastructure
Installing and configuring the build agents and controllers
How to scale your build infrastructure
Overview of hosted build services
Module 14: Supporting Legacy XAML Builds

Overview of legacy build infrastructure
Installing and configuring the build agents and controllers
How to scale your legacy build infrastructure