Getting started with the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 Integration Virtual Machine

***April 17, 2013 update: A new version of this VM is now available which showcases the integration between Team Foundation Server 2012 and Project Server 2013.

**Update: There is a 4-part video series on Channel 9 which demonstrates each of these scenarios as a video screencast.

Last month we officially released the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack. This integration enables the Project Management Office (PMO) to see a consolidated view of the progress and resource availability across all software development projects in Team Foundation Server 2010.  Software teams using Team Foundation Server 2010 can choose to manage their projects using a formal process or an agile process and flow their status and schedule updates into Project Server and Project Managers can preview changes as they flow in, track the work at a high-level and provide live updates to their stakeholders.

To help people evaluate and demonstrate the capabilities of this integration, we have published a virtual machine which is pre-configured with this integration along with sample data and several walkthroughs (which can either be used as self-paced hands-on-labs, or demo scripts to present these capabilities to others). Unfortunately, the virtual machine download contains 20+ files weighing in at over 10GB. The good news is that once you have the virtual machine there’s not much left to configure; you can open it up in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and begin exploring this integration using the guided walkthroughs. The following instructions should make it easier for you to batch download all of the files required for this release.

Downloading the virtual machine and associated files:
I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.

  1. Download and install Free Download Manager. This utility provides:
    • Auto-resume support for interrupted downloads.
    • Multiple simultaneous download streams for (usually) a much faster download experience.
    • As the name implies, it's completely free.
  2. Select the appropriate URL’s depending on your preferred virtualization platform and copy (CTRL+C) them to your clipboard.
    ###Select This Section and Copy It (CTRL+C) - Do Not Include This Line### with the Project Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 Integration Virtual Machine.docx\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part01.e\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part02.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part03.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part04.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part05.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part06.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part07.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part08.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part09.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part10.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part11.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part12.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part13.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part14.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part15.r\_TFS2010\_PS2010.part16.r - Top-Down Planning of Business Requirements with Project Server and Team Foundation Server.docx - Managing Project Details in an Enterprise Project Plan Mapped to a Team Project.docx - Making Agile Team Progress Visible to the Project Management Office.docx - Managing Field Mappings for Integration of Team Foundation Server and Project Server.docx
    ###End - Do Not Include This Row In Your Selection###
  3. Launch the user interface for Free Download Manager (either from the Start Menu or via the system tray icon if FDM is already running).
  4. Click File -> Import -> Import List of URLs from Clipboard.
  5. When prompted for a download group, accept the default and click OK.
  6. You are now free to minimize Free Download Manager while the files download. By default, they will be saved to c:\downloads.


Once you have download the release, extract it to a directory by running the EXE. The document “Working with the Project Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 Integration Virtual Machine.docx” (included in the list of files to download above) provides more details about how to load this virtual machine within Hyper-V, and how to activate the operating system to get a full 180 days of usage from this virtual machine. After 180 days from the time you first boot the virtual machine it will expire. If you need additional time you can re-extract a fresh copy of the virtual machine, or restore to a Hyper-V snapshot if you took one at a time prior to booting it up for the first time.

After you have successfully setup this virtual machine within your Hyper-V environment you can begin using the walkthroughs to learn more about the scenarios enabled by this integration. Those walkthroughs are also included in the list of files above as Word documents, and are numbered 1-4. It is recommended, though not required, that you complete these labs in the order they are numbered. You should also consider using Hyper-V snapshots prior to following the steps in a walkthrough so that you can roll back to an earlier snapshot if you would like to complete a walkthrough multiple times, or if you make a mistake.