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It the new year and I thought I would take a look at the Microsoft® Visual Studio® 11 Developer Preview.   While installing the Team Foundation Server 11 I had found a few new changes. 

1. TFS Dev 11 install was fairly straight forward.  If you have installed TFS before, then the new installed is very similar.  I would still highly recommend to read through the install guide and to make sure that all the accounts are setup before starting.  There was one thing that I notice when setup the Report Service permission .  In the TFSInstall.chm that comes with the MSDN subscription download, it has a reference in adding a account for TFS to the Report Server (you need to do this to access reports) by  doing the the following:  In the report manager Web site, click the Properties tab, and then click New Role Assignment. The problem is, there is no Properties tab.  It is under the “Folder Setting”.  I’m sure Microsoft will update the Install guide be the final release. 

2. Installing the ISO version of the  Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview (x86 and x64) – DVD (English) the application crashed at the first start-up.  I had to uninstall the client,  with out any issue and then used the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Web Installer (x86 and x64) – (English) which installs an number of different components and dependences that included IIS 7.5 Express, Denali CTP3 components, and .Net Framework 4.5.  So for I have not notice any problems with install being on the same machine as Visual Studio 2010, SQL 2008 R2 and .Net Framework 3.5.  

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3. Some of the new feature that worth mentioning is the Team Explorer new look from Visual Studio 2010

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4. The other nice feature that I like is have the setting in the Team Explorer.  This provide quick access to the security setting for Team Projects and Team Project Collections.

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I’m sure that there will be a number of changes in the final release, but it nice to get a preview of what is coming our way for Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio in 2012.

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