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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. You must use a 64-bit server operating system to install Team Foundation Server. We support 32-bit client operating systems, but 32-bit server operating systems are no longer supported. Team Foundation Server offers an option to install SharePoint 2013 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, not requirements. In general, the bigger your team, the greater your need for robust hardware. Eventually you will require more than one server to distribute the load.

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

Server operating systems:

  • 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 ¹ with SP1 (Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter editions)

  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 ¹ with SP1 (Standard, Essentials, or Premium Add-on editions)

  • 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2012 (Essentials, Standard or Datacenter editions)

  • 64-bit RTM version of Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials, Standard or Datacenter editions)

Note Note

Team Foundation Server does not support the Server Core installation option.

Client operating systems: ²

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

  • 64-bit or 32-bit versions of Windows 8 (Basic, Pro, or Enterprise editions)

  • 64-bit or 32-bit RTM versions of Windows 8.1 (Basic, Pro, or Enterprise editions)

Note Note

You can install Team Foundation Server on a client computer that is running one of the operating systems in the previous list. However, client operating systems do not support integration with SharePoint Products, reporting, or the ability to run TFS proxy. If you want to use any 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 the .NET Framework 3.5 installed. On Windows Server 2008 R2, you can install the .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 The TFS standard installation wizard is not supported on client operating systems because that wizard configures SharePoint.

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 2013, which Team Foundation Server can install for you, requires a 64-bit 4 core CPU and a base minimum of 8 GB of system memory. If you install SharePoint 2013 on a server that is also running SQL Server (as required by the TFS standard configuration), SharePoint recommends that you have 24 GB of system memory, If you have only 8 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:

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 which can perform a set of given tasks), 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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