Friday, 13 April 2007

Notes on how to install VSTS eval

First of all, you need to be aware that the VSTS evaluation are time bombed: you cannot upgrade it to the real deal by entering a new key, you must deinstall the evaluation software and install the full version instead. Also from the posts I found in the MS forums, this process does not work well at all! You better keep the evaluation for what it is i.e. "an evaluation" and blow it when you are finished.

The officially supported operating systems are: Windows 2000; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP Windows Server 2003 Standard (or Enterprise) Edition.

I looked for but suprisingly could not find any simple shrink wrap installer for the all lot (see list below). I believe VSTS evaluation comes in multiple parts and that is the way you have to install it (sadly).

On the server side the main part is obsiously Team Foundation Server which requires:

  • SharePoint Service 2.0 with SP2,
  • MS SQL Server with Hotfix or better SP1,
  • .Net 2.0 Framework plus Hotfix KB913363.

On the client side, it is obviously Visual Studio Team System which I believe is merely Visual Studio plus the Team Explorer plug-in coming with the Team Foundation evaluation installer.

The Team Foundation installer run checks and will tell you have a patch or update to install. It directed me to install a hotfix for MS SQL server and one ASP.Net. The information displayed for the ASP.Net patch was incorrect, it is actually located on the Team Foundation media (see MS forums). You can download the patch for MS SQL server here.


I roughly followed Cliff notes. Check it out if you want to short cut the process (for instance to create a quick install for evaluation) however you should read the official installation guide for TFS if you are building a development install.

Where to find the software:

  • eval download for Visual Studio Team Suite lasting 180 days,
  • eval download for Team System Foundation lasting 180 days,
  • eval download for SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Evaluation Edition,
  • download of SharePoint with SP2.


  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Installation Guide,
  • Introduction to Visual Studio 2005 Team System Guide.


  • Cliff notes on VSTS install (Vertigo Software),
  • Steven Smith notes in VSTS install (ASP Advice).

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