Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Setup of TFS for Virtualization

I was reminded today that the first step in working with TFS is to get it setup. If I were to start from scratch I'd do so with "virtualization" and a single-server dedicated server solution. Whether to go with Hyper-V, VMWare, Virtual Server, etc. all depends on your IT shop. I feel this way primarily because of the importance of backup/recovery procedures being reliable and straight-forward. The leading virtualization platforms have solid backup/recovery procedures in place that can be used effectively for TFS. I also recommend a one-server solution that's completely used for just TFS and its components and nothing else. Whoever is managing the backups/recoveries for your web servers, email servers, data servers, etc. ought to be the same person(s) managing these same processes for your TFS server(s).

See for the best timely article on TFS 2008 hardware recommendations. For most organizations running TFS it can be done with a 50 GB hard disk space server instance using the 32-bit edition of TFS 2008, 32-bit edition of SQL Server 2005 and a 32-bit edition of Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 OS. For virtualization during runtime it'll need to run with 2-3 GB of available RAM. I'd also plan for about 1 GB per month in hard disk growth. Now if the IT teams are putting up a lot of multimedia content as attachments then your space requirements will grow proportionally.

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