How to: Connect to a Team Project For the First Time from Microsoft Test Manager

When you start Microsoft Test Manager for the first time, you are not connected to any team project. You must first connect to Team Foundation Server, select your project collection, and your team project. The team project is the same one that is used by other users on your team to create requirements or user stories, maintain source code, and build the applications that you want to test. Your testing artifacts are created and managed in this same team project.

The following illustration shows how to connect to your team project.

Connect to Your Team Project

Only team projects that you have permission to access will be displayed. For more information about permissions, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

Then you must create or select a test plan as shown in the following illustration. You have to use a test plan in your team project for planning and running your tests .

Set the Plan Context
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To complete these procedures, you must have Team Foundation Server installed. For more information, see Installing Team Foundation Components.

To connect to a team project for the first time, follow these steps.

To connect to a team project for the first time

  1. Open Microsoft Test Manager.


    To display the Microsoft Test Manager window, click Start, and then click All Programs. Point to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and then click Microsoft Test Manager 2010.

  2. To add a new Team Foundation Server for the first time, type the URL, or just the name of the Team Foundation Server, and then click Add.

    The connection string that will be used to connect to Team Foundation Server is shown in Preview.


    If you do not know the name of your Team Foundation Server, contact your system administrator.

  3. To select a team project collection, click the arrow to view the list of team projects for this team project collection.

    For more information about team project collections and team projects, see Organizing Your Server with Team Project Collections.

  4. Select the name of your team project in the list, and then click Connect.

    If you successfully connect to this team project, the Testing Center is displayed.


    You can select an existing test plan to use or add a new one. To select an existing test plan to use, click the plan in the list and then click Select Plan.

  5. To add a plan, click Add.

    The Add test plan dialog box is displayed.

  6. Type the name for your plan in Enter the plan name, and then click Add.

    Your plan is now added to the list and highlighted.

  7. To select the plan you added, click Select plan.

  8. You can now add all the test suites, test cases, configurations and other information for your test plan.


    For more information, see How to: Create a Test Plan.

    The name of the test plan is displayed in the Microsoft Test Manager window in the upper-right corner. To change your team project or test plan, click this test plan name.

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