Setting up Team Foundation source control

To take advantage of the benefits of Microsoft Team Foundation source control while working in Microsoft Expression Blend, you must first configure your computer to use it.

You must perform the following steps in the order listed before you can use Team Foundation source control in Expression Blend:

  1. Install Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Explorer by downloading the VS2008TeamExplorer.iso file, burning it to a CD, and then running it from the CD. Alternatively, you can install the full version of Visual Studio Team System 2008.

  2. Install Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1.


    If you installed Visual Studio 2008 and the service pack before upgrading to Visual Studio Team System 2008, you will need to install the service pack again to upgrade the Team Foundation features of Visual Studio.

  3. Install the Team Foundation Server update (KB967483) from the MSDN Code Gallery.

  1. Contact the administrator of your team's Team Foundation server to obtain the correct permissions. For example, if you want only to add or modify files, you must have Contributor permissions. If you want to be able to add new solutions to source control (which you can do only by using Team Explorer), you must have Project Administrator permissions. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions on MSDN.

    The Team Foundation server is where your team's source files are stored and protected. To use the source control features in Expression Blend, you must have check-out permissions on the Team Foundation server.

  2. Use Team Explorer or Team System to connect to your team's Team Foundation server. For more information, see How to: Connect to Team Foundation Server on MSDN.

  3. Create a Team Foundation workspace on your computer. For more information, see How to: Create a Mapped Workspace on MSDN.

    The workspace is a local folder that will contain working copies of the files from the Team Foundation server that are under source control. When you check a file in, your local copy is copied to the Team Foundation server.

  4. Download the files from your team's Team Foundation server to your local workspace folder. For more information, see How to: Get the Source for Your Team Project on MSDN.

    After using Team Explorer or Team System to get the initial set of files, you can open bound solutions and use the source control features of Expression Blend to get the latest versions of files. (If a solution is bound, it contains Team Foundation information and can use source control functionality from inside Microsoft Visual Studio and Expression Blend.)

    For more information, see Get the latest copies of project files.

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