# Monday, 10 May 2010

Accessing TFS 2010 from Visual Studio 2008

I’ve recently installed TFS 2010 and have been running some projects on a complete 2010 oriented environment. Today I found the need to also connect to TFS 2010 from Visual Studio 2008. (essentially due to a project that I cannot convert to 2010, yet). In order to connect to Team Foundation Server from VS2008 you need the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Explorer, then in order to connect to TFS 2010 you also need the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Service Pack 1 Forward Compatibility Update for Team Foundation Server 2010.

So my initial setup was:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite SP1
  • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

I installed Visual Studio 2008 Team Explorer and then on top of that the Forward Compatibility Update. I received no errors during the installations, but I was unable to connect to my TFS 2010 machine. I tried Martin Kulov’s suggestion of entering a full URL. This was not accepted as input. Neil Rees blogged about reinstalling Visual Studio 2008 SP1 after installing Team Explorer 2008. So I did. Then I reran the installer for the Forward Compatibility Update. Initially still no juice, but then when I entered a full URL (http://servername:8080/tfs/collectionname) it all came together and I was able to connect to a specific collection of team projects from within Visual Studio 2008.
Oh, and not unimportant during all this my VS2010 installation was unaffected.

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