What’s new in Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2010?

Focusing on Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) ALM-related parts:

Tons of new feature in Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010

Visual Studio Ultimate 2010

Visual Studio Premium 2010

Visual Studio Professional 2010

Visual Studio Test Professional 2010

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010

  • Work Item Tracking and Project Management
    • New MSF templatesfor Agile and CMMI (V 5.0)
    • Hierarchical Work Items
    • Custom Work Item Link Types
    • Ready to use Excel agile project management workbooks for managing your backlogs (including capacity planing)
    • Convert Work Item query to an Excel report
    • MS Excel integration
      • Support for Work Item hierarchies
      • Formatting is preserved after doing a ‘Refresh’
    • MS Project integration
      • Hierarchy and successor/predecessor info is now synchronized
  • NEW: Test Case Management
  • Version Control
  • Team Build
    • Build Controllers and Agents
    • Workflow 4-based build process
  • NEW: Lab Management (only a pre-release is avaiable at the moment!)
  • Project Portal & Reporting
    • Dashboards (on SharePoint Portal)
    • Burndown Chart
    • TFS Web Parts (to show data from TFS)
  • Administration & Operations
    • Topology enhancements
      • Application tier network load balancing (NLB)
      • SQL Server scale out
      • Improved Sharepoint flexibility
      • Report Server flexibility
      • Zone support
      • Kerberos support
      • Separation of TFS and SQL administration
    • Setup
      • Separate install from configure
      • Improved installation wizards
      • Optional components
      • Simplified account requirements
      • Improved Reporting Services configuration
      • Setup consolidation
      • Upgrading from previous TFS versions
      • Improved IIS flexibility
    • Administration
      • Consolidation of command line tools
      • User rename support
    • Project Collections
      • Archive/restore individual project collections
      • Move Team Project Collections
      • Server consolidation
      • Team Project Collection Split
      • Team Project Collection Isolation
    • Server request cancellation
  • Licensing: TFS server license included in MSDN subscriptions

Removed features (former features not part of Visual Studio 2010):

  • Debug » Start With Application Verifier
  • Object Test Bench
  • IntelliSense for C++ / CLI
  • Debugging support for SQL 2000

Overview of Visual Studio ALM Whitepapers by Microsoft

Logo Microsoft Visual Studio Overview
Installation, Configuration & Administration
Version Control & Configuration Management

Some guide or whitepaper missing? Let me know!

How to set the Default Team Project for a SharePoint site

You have probably created a SharePoint site after creating the Team Project and a receiving the error message:

"This site doesn’t have a default Team Project."

Error: This site doesn't have a default Team Project.


You have to configure the project portal using Visual Studio Team Explorer 2010 using Team Project Settings » Portal Settings…

In the Team Project Settings...

... you can set the Project Portal Settings

More Information

TF255357: The following query was not found: Product Planning

If you add a project portal to your team project (i.e. by running tfpt addprojectportal) you might receive the error message

TF255357: The following query was not found: Product Planning. Download the process template, open it, and verify that the query exists.


The site template expects certain work item queries to exist (e.g. product planning).


  • On upgraded team projects, create the missing work item queries (you can copy/paste them from other MSF/Agile 5.0 projects).
  • If you removed/renamed the default queries, undo that.

(Thanks to Rich Day for the post and the solution for this issue.)