TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Visual Studio 2008, .NET 3.5 and TFS 2008 Service Pack 1 released

August 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Downloads, Issues and Hotfixes, Team Foundation Server, TFS 2008, VSTS

Service Packs for VSTS/TFS do not only contain bug fixes, but quite a few nice new features as you can read here (more general) and here (TFS-specific).

Download links:

If you have trouble installing SP1 look here and here.


Tip #1: Uninstall Visual Studio Hotfixes first

If you previously installed a Visual Studio 2008 Hotfix, you must run the Hotfix Cleanup Utility before installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1. For more information, see Visual Studio 2008 Hotfix Cleanup Utility for Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1.



Tip #2: Have enough disk space available on your primary hard drive:


You can read here why.


Tip #3: If you have Team Explorer or TSWA on your TFS you need to install… (Thanks to Hakan Eskici)

… Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and  TFS 2008 Service Pack 1 (in that order!).


Tip #4: Integrate installation of TFS and SP1 (“Slipstream”)

The steps to produce a so-called “slipstream” installation package are documented in the TFS Installation Guide in the chapter “How to: Integrate the Installation of Team Foundation Server and Service Pack 1“.

There are a few reasons why you must do that (e.g. upgrading to SQL Server 2008) you can read in Brian Harry’s blog post.

Slipstream_Step2 Slipstream_Step3 Slipstream_Step4 Slipstream_Step5


Tip #5: Ignore Windows Update reboot prompt (Thanks to Brian Harry)

If you get a Windows Update prompt to reboot during SP1 installation, ignore it (don’t reboot).  Wait until after the SP1 installation completes and then reboot.


Tip #6: Uninstall and reinstall Team System for Database Development GDR (Thanks to Brian Harry)

If you have a prerelease of the Team System for Database Development GDR (that supports SQL 2008) installed, you will need to reinstall it after upgrading to SP1.


Screenshots from applying TFS 2008 SP1:

TFS2008SP1_Step1 TFS2008SP1_Step2 TFS2008SP1_Step3 


Screenshots from applying VS 2008 SP1 (online installer) on at TFS with only Team Explorer installed:

VS2008SP1_Step1 VS2008SP1_Step2 VS2008SP1_Step3 VS2008SP1_Step4


2 Comments so far ↓

  • Sundar Rajan

    I’ve installed VS 2008, TFS 2008 on Windows 7. I am having some issues especially when i tried to bind the Solutions, Projects to source controller.
    Does Team Fountation Server 2008 have any problem in working with Windows 7? Does TFS 2008 work well in Windows 7?

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