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Workshop Visual Studio 2012
ALM: Developer Tools
Module 01: Team Explorer Overview
Student Lab Manual


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Contents
LAB 1: TEAM EXPLORER OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................ 5
EXERCISE 1: TEAM EXPLORER OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................................ 6

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Lab 1: Team Explorer Overview
Introduction
In this lab, you will work with Team Explorer 2012 to:
 Explore the available features and functionality
 Review changes from previous versions of Team Explorer
Objectives
After completing this lab, you will be able to:
 Use Team Explorer effectively
Prerequisites
None
Estimated Time to Complete This Lab
20 minutes
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Exercise 1: Team Explorer Overview
Objectives
In this exercise, you will see a high-level view of the changes made to Team Explorer in this
release and learn how to explore the functionality available in Team Explorer. If you are new to
Team Foundation Server (TFS), you can consider Team Explorer as the primary way in which a
Visual Studio user accesses TFS. This also serves as a review of what’s new in Team Explorer
2012 for those that are familiar with previous versions of Visual Studio and TFS.
Scenario
Team Explorer is the primary way to access TFS from Visual Studio. This exercise will help you
understand Team Explorer.
Prerequisites
None
Instructions:
1. Log in as Julia. All user passwords are P2ssw0rd.
2. Launch Visual Studio 2012 from the shortcut on the taskbar or from Start > All Programs >
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.


3. From the menu, click Team > Connect to Team Foundation Server.
4. Select the FabrikamFiberCollection Team Project Collection (TPC) from the left-hand side,
and then select FabrikamFiber team project from the right-hand side.
5. Click Connect to connect to the FabrikamFiber team project.
6. Open the Team Explorer window from View > Team Explorer (unless it is already visible).
Note that the high-level nodes surfaced here are very similar to the previous versions of the
Team Explorer window with the notable integration of the view for Pending Changes.
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Note: Performance improvements have been made throughout Visual Studio 2012 with
many tasks being performed asynchronously and on-demand where possible. The new
Team Explorer is one example of this, as it loads very quickly. As you drill into a specific
node within Team Explorer, content will be retrieved from the server in an on-demand
fashion.
7. Navigation within the new Team Explorer operates in a manner similar to a typical web
application, in that you follow links from the home screen, and you can navigate backwards
and forwards or return home at any time. We will put this navigation to use in this exercise,
and drill into the various hubs and pages exposed within Team Explorer.


8. Select the Work Items link from the Team Explorer - Home view.


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9. The Work Items view shows favorite queries for the user that is logged in as well as the
team, and provides the capability to add new queries and work items.


10. Select the Back arrow to return to the home view.


11. Select the Source Control Explorer link.


The Source Control Explorer window appears.
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12. Select the Settings link to view the settings page for the active team project and the TPC.


The Settings view appears.
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13. Select the Back arrow to return to the home view.
14. Select the Builds link to manage build definitions and view build history.


The Builds window appears.


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15. Click Reports and Documents to access reports and document libraries that were uploaded
as part of the team project creation. These links are only available when SQL Server
Reporting Services (Reports) and SharePoint (Documents) are configured. Examine the
different reports and document libraries available.
You have now thoroughly examined the different hubs and nodes available in Team Explorer.
You are now ready to use Team Explorer!