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Work with SQL Server Named Instances

You can choose to install Visual Studio Team Foundation Server using the default instance of SQL Server or a named instance of SQL Server. Depending on your business infrastructure and deployment needs, you might prefer to use a named instance. If you want to use a named instance in your deployment of Team Foundation Server, you must create that named instance in SQL Server before you install Team Foundation Server or create a team project collection that uses that instance. You cannot create a named instance during installation of Team Foundation Server. For more information, see the following page on the Microsoft Web site: Instance Configuration.

To use a named instance of SQL Server in a deployment of Team Foundation Server

  • To use a named instance with Team Foundation Server, you must either install it by using a named instance, move or restore Team Foundation Server data to a named instance, or create a team project collection on a named instance. For more information, see one of the following:

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