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Finding Team Explorer

I’ve been playing around with VS2005 and Team Foundation Server. Well, I’ve been reading several books on it, and getting my systems set up for it. I got Team Foundation Server (TFS – the Source Control portion) installed on a Virtual Machine, got Visual Studio (both the Dev and Tester) versions installed on another machine, and was ready to create my first project in TFS.


Where the heck is Team Explorer? Team Explorer is the main tool used to access TFS, and according to my books, when you install it you can access it directly from VS. Except that the book doesn’t say when or how to install it.

So I look through all my media, and can’t seem to find it on any of the VS install DVDs. I finally look at, um, an internet search site and find Rob Caron’s post entitled “Where is Team Explorer?”.

His post turned out to be a little off – they did change the folder for Team Explorer when TFS went to manufacturing. So, to install Team Explorer, fire up your TFS DVD, go to the tfc directory, and run Setup from there.

Woohoo. Let’s see if I can get a project going now!

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  • Anonymous December 4, 2006, 2:50 am

    I have “Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers”.

    But I still lack Team Explorer!

    Any hints on this?

  • Cory Foy December 4, 2006, 7:54 am

    Sure. Basically Visual Studio shipped before TFS was ready, so you won’t find it on the VS DVD. You’ll need to install it from the Team Foundation Server DVD.

    I sent a question to some of our internal dev lists to see if there are any plans to have it be a separate download from MSDN.

  • Cory Foy December 4, 2006, 9:11 am

    I’ve put up a new post on how to install Team Explorer without TFS which should get you the info you need.