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Using Discount ASP.NET TFS Hosting

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I have a ton of Open Source projects on CodePlex.com. CodePlex uses TFS (Team Foundation Server), and TFS is basically the only source control I actually enjoy using.

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However, I have a private project that I am creating that is not Open Source. What I have been doing is saving  versions of the project every so often. I am glad I do this because sometimes I need to go back to an earlier version of a file. The problem is:

  • I don’t always have every version of a file
  • If my computer crashes I lose my current project and all backups
  • It is difficult and time-consuming to find files and restore them
  • This is just plain silly! (1998 called and wants it’s source control method back)

I saw that Discount ASP.NET has TFS hosting and a 30 day free trial so I decided to give it a spin (I also pulled a “hey if I promise to Blog can I get more than 30 days?”).

Set Up Your Account

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To sign-up, you simply go to their sign-up page.

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You want a user license for each developer you plan to need. The way TFS works, you simply do not want more than one person using the same account. TFS will get confused and you might corrupt your project.

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If you are thinking of using this service, you may want to act now, because who knows how long they will waive the set-up fee.

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After you sign-up, you get a email with your username and links to get you started.

You should then read the Knowledge Base on getting started:

http://tfs.discountasp.net/KB/a847/getting-started.aspx

Using Discount ASP.NET TFS Hosting

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Discount ASP.NET has a nice web based admin tool.

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You can easily track your usage.

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You will need to create at least one user account using the tool.

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Next, I open my project in Visual Studio. I already have the Team Explorer plug-in, but you can get it from here:

http://tfs.discountasp.net/KB/a842/visual-studio-2010.aspx

(all of this is in the Knowledge Base and you really should take your lazy butt over there and read it Smile)

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I first need to add the Discount ASP.NET Server so I click Connect to Team Project in the Solution Explorer in Visual Studio.

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I select Servers.

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I click the Add button.

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If I look back on the page in the Account management website, I can see the server URL to use.

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I enter it and click OK.

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In the Solution Explorer in Visual Studio, I right-click on the server and select New Team Project.

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I give the project a name.

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… and pick a template.

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Once the project is set-up I select Add Solution to Source Control

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I indicate the folder I want it to go in.

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I then check it in.

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The files are saved to Source Control.

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Now I can right-click on any file…

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… and I can compare versions and optionally roll-back.

Easy to Use Source Control

Basically it doesn’t get any easier than this. Give it a try for 30 day free.





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Avatar  Cashman 6 years ago

I have been looking at TFS 2010 cloud solutions and TFS Server Hosting has the most comprehensive services for the price. They offer source control, work item tracking, reporting, SharePoint project portals, and Urban Turtle integration at no additional cost. their website is <a href="https://tfsserver.com" rel="nofollow">tfsserver.com</a>

Avatar  Kevin 6 years ago

We also offer a TFS hosting solution (<a href="https://www.tfsserver.com" rel="nofollow">www.tfsserver.com</a>) which has the full suite (SharePoint project portals and reporting). We also provide Urban Turtle free to all our users.

Avatar  ASP .Net Web Development 6 years ago

Very well Done..i would like to try this out.

Avatar  Mark Wsiecarver 7 years ago

Good job Bro. ;-)