Checklist: Things to have prepared *before* starting a new TFS install

Especially if you don’t have the fastest internet connection and/or are not too organized in storing your MSDN DVDs properly it’s worth preparing all files and DVDs before heading towards an install of TFS:


Here’s the list of things you’ll definitely need for a fresh TFS installation:


  • Team Foundation Installation Guide (Download latest version here
  • In large organizations: Request »TFSService« and »TFSReports«
    Don’t forget to request the two domain accounts (TFSService and TFSReports) in time!
  • Windows Server 2003 installation files (media or files)
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (Download here)
    Note: Run Windows Update afterwards and install all Post-SP2 updates.
  • SQL Server 2005 installation files (media or files)
  • SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (Download here)
    Note: You do not have to install SP1 or the hotfix provided with TFS if you install SP2 instead.
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 with Service Pack 2 (Download here)
  • Team Foundation Server CD (media or files)
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Quiescence GDR (Download here; read KB919156)
    Apply to: TFS or both tiers if dual-server install
  • Team Foundation Server SP1 (Download here)
    Apply to: TFS or both tiers if dual-server install, and Team Build Server
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite SP1 (Download here)
    Apply to: All machines with Team Foundation Client installed.

Happy Installing!

2 thoughts on “Checklist: Things to have prepared *before* starting a new TFS install”

  1. Chris, thanks – I had the feeling something was missing when I wrote the list out of what I memorized… I added WSS. Thanks for reminding me!
    -Neno

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