T1704: TFS 2017 Configuration and Administration

This 2-day course is designed for team members who are Responsible for the installation, configuration and administration of Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2017. It features a mix of lectures and hands-on lab exercises designed to ENSURE attendees gain the maximum benefit from the course .

This course has been designed to equip attendees with a solid knowledge of the many areas That a TFS champion ice thwart called upon to Configure and Manage. Key topics covered in this course include product installation, security & permissions, reporting, Customization and team building.

If you're Responsible for looking after your organization's TFS Server, then this is the course for you.


This course is designed for administrators and software development professionals Responsible for the day to day management and operation of a Team Foundation Server. Every organization using TFS Should have at least one or two "TFS champions" who are skilled in the topics and areas covered in this course.


Attendees Should have some familiarity with the installation of server products such as operating systems, SQL Server, etc. Some experience using Visual Studio would finns be beneficial.

Course objectives:

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to;

  • Plan your TFS deployment and install TFS 2017 in a variety of Topologies
  • Appropriate create service accounts
  • use the Best Practices Analyzer to validate your TFS deployment
  • A migration plan and / or upgrade to TFS 2017
  • understand the value of quarterly updates and how to install them
  • configure SMTP support and Customize Email Alerts
  • Keep your TFS data safe using Backup and Restore
  • monitor the health and performance of your TFS instance
  • Plan your project Hierarchies using Team Projects and Team Project Collections
  • create, modify, rename and delete Team Projects and Team Project Collections
  • configure default Role Based Security for team projects
  • use Advanced Security to Manage fine grained security
  • configure version control settings including backward compatibility
  • Customize the process template to better suit your team's requirements
  • understand the reporting infrastructure and create custom Excel reports
  • Configure Data warehouse and OLAP cube refresh and rebuilds
  • plan, install and Manage the new build environments Introduced in 2017
  • Optimize build infrastructure to Provide feedback to the teams
  • Install and configure the build infrastructure for Legacy builds XAML (pre-2017 builds)

The Following product and technologies will be covered in this course

  • Team Foundation Server 2017


Module 1 - Introducing the Visual Studio 2017 family 

  • What's new in Visual Studio 2017
  • Overview of the Visual Studio 2017 family
  • Overview of Product Features
  • A lap around Visual Studio Online
  • Project workflow across the Visual Studio 2017 suite of products

Module 2 - Planning a TFS 2017 deployment

  • Overview of TFS architecture
  • Planning a TFS Deployment
  • An overview of Product Licensing

Module 3 - Installing TFS

  • Installing and Configuring TFS prerequisites
  • TFS 2015 Installation
  • Using the Best Practice Analyzer
  • Integration with SharePoint

Module 4 - Upgrading to TFS 2017

  • Overview of upgrade options
  • In-place vs migration based upgrades
  • Performing your upgrade
  • Migration options from other version control providers

Module 5 - Managing TFS instances

  • Using the TFS Administration Console
  • Configuring SMTP Support for TFS
  • Customising Email Alerts
  • TFS Server Health Monitoring
  • Changing service accounts
  • Viewing installed updates

Module 6 - TFS Backup and Restore

  • TFS Backup and Restore Strategies
  • Understanding the TFS databases
  • Creating a backup schedule
  • The restore process
  • Refreshing the client data cache

Module 7 - Creating and Managing Team Projects 

  • Creating Team Projects
  • Understanding Team Project Collections
  • Creating Project Welcome pages
  • Renaming Team Projects
  • Deleting Team Project

Module 8 - Configuring Team Project Level Security 

  • Overview of TFS security
  • Configuring security using standard groups
  • Understanding and Configuring Teams

Module 9 - Advanced Security and Permissions

  • Fine-grain security options
  • Troubleshooting security
  • TFS Server-level permissions
  • Setting permissions at the Team Project Collection Level
  • Setting Web Access permissions
  • Restricting access the TFS
  • Using command line tools for managing security

Module 10 - Source Control Configuration 

  • Create source control folder structures
  • Setting project wide source control settings
  • Understanding workspaces
  • Using the TF command line utility
  • Using the TFS Rollback command
  • Using the TFS Proxy to Improve Performance
  • Backward compatibility using the MSSCCI provider

Module 11 - Managing Process Templates

  • Understanding the process templates
  • Basics of template Customization
  • Adding new fields to Work Item Types
  • Adding New Work Item Types
  • Adding new queries and reports
  • Updating an Upgraded Team Project

Module 12 - Reporting

  • Understanding the Reporting Architecture
  • Adding new reports
  • Creating ad-hoc reports using Excel
  • TFS Warehouse and OLAP Cube overview
  • Changing the Data Warehouse and Analysis Services Cube processing frequency
  • Rebuild the Data Warehouse and Analysis Services Cube

Module 13 - Build Automation

  • Overview of the build infrastructure
  • Installing and Configuring the Build Agents and Controllers
  • How to scale your build infrastructure
  • Overview of the build hosted services

Module 14 - Supporting legacy XAML builds

  • Overview of legacy build infrastructure
  • Installing and Configuring the Build Agents and Controllers
  • How to scale your legacy build infrastructure