Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 3

Introduction

New updates

Bug Fixes

Download and Update Installation

Conclusion


Introduction

From end of June the Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 3 is available. Team Foundation Server provides a whole set of collaboration tools which can work with Visual Studio, Eclipse, Xcode, or your own IDE or code editor, it works with any Git client. It includes code repositories, continuous integration, bug and task tracking, and agile planning tools. TFS supports many languages such as Java, Python, HTML5, JavaScript, C#, and many more.

1-Team Foundation Server 2015

New updates

SSH Support for Git repos
TFS 2015 Update 3 enables the connection to any Team Foundation Server Git repo using an SSH key, with just simple upload of your personal SSH key. This feature is very useful especially for Linux or Mac developers.

Dashboard Widget SDK
With this update you will be able to create your own out-of-the box dashboard widgets by using the SDK.

Testing – New features
New testing features allows the setup of test machines or premises using SCVMM or VMWare or in the Cloud.

2-Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 3

Bug Fixes

A huge number of bugs was fixed, in total around 140 bugs from different features: Testing, Agile, Build, Version Control, Administration, Extensibility and from Release Management.

Download and Update Installation

The download is available on Visual Studio main page.

It’s very important to know from which version you are upgrading, because upgrade to Update 3 needs to be done from TFS 2010 or later release. If you are using TFS 2015 RTM you can directly upgrade to Update 3 or you can even upgrade from TFS 2010 SP1 and later directly to Update 3. So upgrade is possible from a pre-release to a later build from same release.

Supported server operating systems:
Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials, Standard, Datacenter), Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 (minimum SP1) (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter).

Supported client operating systems:
Windows 10 (Home, Professional, Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Basic, Professional, Enterprise), Windows 8, Windows 7 (minimum SP1) (Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate).

Hardware requirements:
2.13 GHz or faster processor, 1 GB or greater RAM, 8 GB or more available hard disk space.

Before you start with the upgrade, it’s highly recommendable to ensure that you have a complete and consistent set of database backups and to do a dry run on existing hardware in a pre-production environment.

After the upgrade is done, there is a possibility that you will need to configure some of the new features. If you don’t do that immediately, those features just won’t be available in specific team project, until you configure them.

In the time that upgrade will be implemented, Your TFS deployment will be offline for the duration of that upgrade. The duration deepens on many factors, mostly of the deployment size. For upgrade of very large databases to TFS 2015, the TfsPreUpgrade tool is available, which will in the time of upgrade allow you to continue with using TFS.

Conclusion

TFS is a right choice when you need your data to stay within your network or you want access to SharePoint sites and reporting services that integrate with TFS data and tools. The newest Update brought some really amazing new features, which will help your team to be even more efficient and transparent. Even if the number of new features is not huge, they are very useful and also the number of fixed bugs for top reported issues is great.

 

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