Connecting VS 2008 to TFS 2010

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Visual Studio 2008 does not work with Team Foundation Server 2010 out of the box. Setting it up requires a few steps, here is what worked for me:

Assuming you already have VS2008 installed.

1) Install SP1 (optional, but may already be done): http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10986

2) Install Visual Studio 2008 Team Explorer: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16338

3) Install SP1 (even if already installed from step 1). Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonba/archive/2009/02/10/make-sure-you-reinstall-vs-2008-sp1-after-installing-team-explorer.aspx

4) Finally, install the VS Team System 2008 SP1 Forward Compatibility Update for TFS 2010: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10834

After much research and the above steps, I was finally able to connect to our TFS2010 server from VS 2008.

UPDATE: You can now just install a new GDR update for VS 2008 SP1 after the prerequisites have been installed.

Have a different method that worked for you? Please post a comment below letting us know.

Category: .NET, Development, Team Foundation Server, TFS 2010, Visual Studio, VS 2008

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