Team Foundation Server

Team Foundation Server 2018-01-25T08:47:01+00:00

Source Code Management

Team Foundation Server (commonly abbreviated to TFS) is a Microsoft product that provides source code management (either via Team Foundation Version Control or Git), reporting, requirements management, project management (for both agile software development and waterfall teams), automated builds, lab management, testing and release management capabilities.

It covers the entire application lifecycle. TFS can be used as a back-end to numerous integrated development environments (IDEs) but is tailored for Microsoft Visual Studio and Eclipse on all platforms.Team Foundation Server is built on multi-tier, scalable architecture.

The primary structure consists of an application tier responsible for processing logic and maintaining the web application portal (referred to as Team Web Access or TWA). TFS is built using Windows Communication Foundation web services. These may be consumed by any client, although the client object model is recommended. The data tier and application tier can exist on the same machine.

Scalable Architecture

To support scalability, the application tier can be load balanced and the data tier can be clustered. If using Microsoft SQL Server 2012, AlwaysOn SQL Server Failover Clusters and Availability Groups are supported which allows for geographic replication of data.

The primary container is the project collection. A project collection is a database that contains a group of Team Projects. The Project Collection is another scalability mechanism, in that each collection can be placed on different SQL Servers or SQL Server instances.

‘Oe’ configuration database per TFS instance stores project collection metadata. Data from the project collection databases is aggregated into the warehouse database, which denormalizes the data in preparation for loading into an Analysis Services cube. The warehouse and the cube allow complex trend reporting and data analysis.