Connecting TFS 2010 with Visual Studio 2008 & 2005

If your company is planning to upgrade your Team Foundation Server (TFS) to 2010, it would not be any problem in connecting with Visual Studio 2010. But if your development environment is still using Visual Studio 2008 (or even Visual Studio 2005), you need to take the following steps to successfully connect with TFS 2010:

1.    For Visual Studio 2008:

Step 1: Install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 from the location: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=27673C47-B3B5-4C67-BD99-84E525B5CE61&displaylang=en

Step 2: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Service Pack 1 Forward Compatibility Update for Team Foundation Server 2010 from the location http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=cf13ea45-d17b-4edc-8e6c-6c5b208ec54d&displaylang=en

2.    For Visual Studio 2005:

Install Visual Studio Team System 2005 Service Pack 1 Forward Compatibility Update for Team Foundation Server 2010 from the location: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=22215e4c-af6f-4e2f-96df-20e94d762689&displaylang=en

As TFS2010 introduces the notion of Team Project Collections. After the installation is completed successfully, you should provide the entire URL to connect TFS2010 server.
You can express the connection string as follows:

http://<serverName&gt;:<port>/<vdir>/<collectionName> (e.g. http://TfsServer:8080/Tfs/ProjectCollectionName)

The <vdir> is an optional path for the TFS web sites specified by the administrator during setup. By default it is “tfs”.

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