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System Requirements for Team Foundation Server

Before you install Team Foundation Server, make sure your system meets the operating system requirements described in this topic. New for this release, you must use a 64-bit server operating system to install Team Foundation Server. We support 32-bit client operating systems, but no longer support 32-bit server operating systems. Team Foundation Server offers an option to install SharePoint Foundation 2010 as a companion program for managing team documents, but doing so will substantially increase your hardware requirements. See SharePoint Hardware Requirements below.

You can also find information about hardware in this topic, but these are just recommendations, i not requirements. In general, the bigger your team, the greater your need for robust hardware. Eventually you might require more than one server to distribute the load.

You can install Team Foundation Server on a server that is running one of the following operating systems:

Server operating systems:

  • 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008   with SP2

  • 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 ¹ with SP1

  • 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2012 ²

NoteNote

Team Foundation Server does not support the Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012.

Client operating systems:

  • 64-bit or 32-bit versions of Windows 7 with SP1 (Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1, Windows 7 Professional with SP1, Windows 7 Enterprise with SP1, Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1)

  • 64-bit or 32-bit versions of Windows 8

NoteNote

You can install Team Foundation Server on a client computer that is running one of the operating systems in the following list. However, client operating systems do not support integration with SharePoint Products or reporting. If you want to use either of these features, you must install Team Foundation Server on a server operating system.

¹ If you are installing Team Foundation Server  or SQL Server  on Windows Server 2008 R2, you must have .NET Framework 3.5 installed. On Windows Server 2008 R2, you can install .NET Framework 3.5 by using the Add Features Wizard from Server Manager. For more information, see the following page on the Microsoft website: Adding Server Roles and Features.

² Because Team Foundation Server installs SharePoint Foundation 2010 with the standard configuration, you can’t use it on Windows Server 2012. If you want to install Team Foundation Server on Windows Server 2012, use the advanced configuration and skip the installation of SharePoint Foundation 2010.

The following table includes hardware guidelines for teams installing Team Foundation Server without SharePoint Products. Small shops can run Team Foundation Server with the basic configuration, which requires only 1GB RAM and 8 GB of hard disk space.

Number of users

Configuration

CPU

Memory

Hard disk

Fewer than 250 users

Single-server (Team Foundation Server and the Database Engine on the same server).

1 single core processor at 2.13 GHz

2 GB

1 disk at 7.2k rpm (125 GB)

250 to 500 users

Single-server.

1 dual core processor at 2.13 GHz

4 GB

1 disk at 10k rpm (300 GB)

500 to 2,200 users

Dual-server (Team Foundation Server and the Database Engine on different servers).

This row is for Team Foundation Server.

1 dual core Intel Xeon processor at 2.13 GHz

4 GB

1 disk at 7.2k rpm (500 GB)

 

This row is for the Database Engine with 500 to 2,200 users.

1 quad core Intel Xeon processor at 2.33 GHz

8 GB

SAS disk array at 10k rpm (2 TB)

2,200 to 3,600 users

Dual-server.

This row is for Team Foundation Server.

1 quad core Intel Xeon processor at 2.13 GHz

8 GB

1 disk at 7.2k rpm (500 GB)

 

This row is for the Database Engine with 2,200 to 3,600 users.

2 quad core Intel Xeon processors at 2.33 GHz

16 GB

SAS disk array at 10k rpm (3 TB)

If you install SharePoint Products, you will need more robust hardware than what is listed in the previous table. For example, SharePoint Foundation 2010, which Team Foundation Server can install for you, requires a 64-bit 4 core CPU and a base minimum of 4 GB of system memory. If you have only 4 GB, the Team Foundation installer will warn that you should have 10 GB, but you will be able to finish the install.

Go here for complete SharePoint hardware requirements:

¹ Although SharePoint supports Windows Server 2003, TFS 2012 does not. You can’t install TFS SharePoint extensions on a server that does not meet the minimum TFS requirements listed on this page.

For a complete list of supported versions of SharePoint, go here: SharePoint Products Requirements for Team Foundation Server

Microsoft supports the virtualization of Team Foundation Server in supported virtualization environments. For more information, see the following pages on the Microsoft website:

The links below provide guidance about browser compatibility, the numerous clients available for working with this version of TFS, and backwards compatibility with previous TFS clients, especially with regard to new features in this version of TFS.

SQL Server Requirements for Team Foundation Server

Team Foundation Server requires SQL Server, but you have many options, including an option to let Team Foundation Server install SQL Server Express for you.

SharePoint Products Requirements for Team Foundation Server

Team Foundation Server doesn’t require SharePoint Products. If you want to use SharePoint Products, you have many options, including the option to let Team Foundation Server install SharePoint Foundation 2010 for you.

Project Server Requirements for Team Foundation Server

Team Foundation Server doesn’t require Project Server, but if you want to use it, you must use a supported version.

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