Getting Started with Cloud TFS (TFS Preview) - Part 1

A while back I was given a TFS Preview invitation code by Anthony Bortonand have been meaning to write this post since so here it comes 🙂

In this initial post we’ll just cover the basics of setting up the TFS Preview account and connecting Visual Studio 11 to it to upload some source code.

Step 1: Setup your account

To setup your account head to and follow the steps shown in detail in the screenshots below.

Once your account has been created and you’re logged in you’ll be able to see you’re created project as can be seen in the screenshot below and by selecting the project you’ll be able to perform most of the common TFS tasks by using the features shown here. We’ll be going through some of these in the next posts.

The steps above complete the initial account setup for TFS preview and now we can connect to it.

Step 2: Connecting to TFS Preview

The following screenshots show how we can connect to the TimeServe project I’ve created under my TFS preview account. With Visual Studio 11 as you can see in the following screenshots everything works out of the box. However, if you wish to use Visual Studio 2010 then you need to ensure you have Visual Studio 2010 SP1 installed and also KB2581206. Once you have these installed the process is the same as below.

Now that the steps to setup and connect to TFS Preview have been completed we can then start using TFS in the same way as connecting to a standard TFS install as can be seen in the screenshots below.

In the next few posts we will go through the different features available in the TFS preview as we develop some features for the TimeServe project. In the meantime, below are some useful links with information on TFS Preview

TFS Preview Feature Suggestions

TFS Preview Blog

TFS Preview Twitter account

TFS Preview Forum

TFS Preview on the Visual Studio ALM Blog