Team Services | TFS 2017 | TFS 2015
Q: How do I get started?
A: To get started in the cloud or on-premises:
- To get started with Team Services, begin by creating a user account. Step-by-step instructions are provided in Sign up for Visual Studio Team Services.
- To get started with an on-premises TFS, download and install the latest version of TFS. See Install and configure TFS for details.
- If you need to create a team project, create one in Visual Studio Team Services or set one up in an on-premises TFS.
- If you don't have access to the team project, get invited to the team.
- If it's your first time connecting to a team project, see Connect to a team project.
A: To get started with a client tool: Go to one of these pages to download a version of Visual Studio or client tool plug-in that will support connecting to a team project:
- Visual Studio
- Eclipse/Team Explorer Everywhere
- Android Studio with the Visual Studio Team Services Plugin for Android Studio
- IntelliJ with the Visual Studio Team Services Plugin for IntelliJ
- Visual Studio Code
A: To get started with sharing code, work item tracking, builds, or other tasks: See Software development roles.
Q: What compatibility issues exist between client and server versions?
A: See Requirements and compatibility.
Q: Can stakeholders who don't use Visual Studio participate on our team?
A: Yes. You can provide access to stakeholders who have no CAL for the following activities:
Stakeholder access: This view allows anyone on your team to check project status and provide feedback. Stakeholders can track project priorities and provide direction, feature ideas, and business alignment to a team.
To grant stakeholders access, add them to the Stakeholder access group.
Provide feedback: To allow your stakeholders to provide feedback, you must grant them specific permissions.
Q: Are there other clients that connect to Team Services or TFS? Are there other tools I can use?
A: Yes. You can connect to a team project from one of these clients:
- Excel (Requires the Team Foundation add-in is installed)
- Project (Requires the Team Foundation add-in is installed)
- Project Professional
- PowerPoint Storyboarding (Requires the Team Foundation add-in is installed)
- Microsoft Test Manager
- Test & Feedback extension (previously called the Exploratory Testing extension)
- Microsoft Feedback Client
Native support for integrating TFS with Project Server is deprecated for TFS 2017. However, synchronization support is provided by a third part. See Synchronize TFS with Project Server for details.
Test Manager is deprecated for TFS 2017.
Also, you can find several open-source clients that have been added to Marketplace extensions. For example, you can install extensions to Visual Studio that support additional features:
- For TFS 2017 and later versions, you can install the TFS Process Template editor from the Visual Studio Marketplace. You can use this version of the Process Editor to modify the old-style work item forms. You can't use it to edit forms associated with the new web forms.
- For TFS 2015 and earlier versions, you can install TFS Power Tools which provides enhancements, tools, and command-line utilities that support increased productivity.
[Team Foundation Server Power Tools] is deprecated for TFS 2017.
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