In Part 1 of this series I described the background of the Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 (TEE) tool and its usefulness when working on non-Microsoft OSes. I then listed the System Requirements for TEE and proceeded to list the steps required to install the Eclipse IDE which will host the TEE Eclipse plug-in.
In Part 2 I continued with the steps necessary to download and install the TEE Eclipse plug-in into the Eclipse IDE.
In Part 3 I will complete the series by showing how to connect your newly installed Team Explorer to your Team Foundation Server 2010 instance along with showing the ALM tools now available to you.
Configuring Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 to connect to Team Foundation Server 2010
1. At this point you should have Eclipse and TEE installed and your Eclipse IDE should look something like this.
2. To make Team Explorer more readable we are going to move it so that it sits in the same area of Eclipse as Package Explorer. To do this you can simply drag the Team Explorer tab and drop it on top of Package Explorer.
3. When you are done Eclipse should look like this. Now you need to connect to Team Foundation Server. To make this connection, click on the Add existing team project icon on Team Explorer’s toolbar.
4. When the Microsoft License Agreement window appears, read it thoroughly and then check the I have read and accept… checkbox then click the Next button.
5. In the Product Key dialog, enter your Product Key. If you don’t have one yet or wish to evaluate TEE then simply select the Use a full featured version… checkbox. This will configure TE as trial software for 30 days. If you get a key later you can simply enter it in TEE without having to reinstall. Click on the Next button to continue.
6. In the TFS Server dialog you will enter the connection information need to hook into TFS. When you finish entering this information, click the Next button.
- Server: http://[your_tfs_server]:8080/tfs
- Username: your account name in TFS
- Domain: your account’s domain name (contact your TFS Admin if you aren’t sure)
- Password: the password for the account you entered in the Username field.
- Save Password: check this box if you want TEE to not prompt you for your password every time you connect to TFS.
Note: If you check the Save Password checkbox your password will be saved as plain text and will be visible to others that may have access to your computer. Please be aware of the possible security ramifications if your computer is shared with others.
7. In the Team Project dialog you will select the appropriate Team Project Collection and one or more Team Projects. In most cases there will only be a single Team Project collection. Select as many Team Projects as you normally work within. If you aren’t sure which to select, contact your Team Foundation Server administrator or team lead. Click the Next button.
8. In the TFS Workspace dialog you will select a Team Foundation Server workspace. This is not the same as the Eclipse workspace that you selected earlier. You can safely keep the defaults and click the Finish button.
9. If everything worked out, you should now be seeing something similar to the picture below. The top node is your selected Team Project Collection and the node (or nodes) directly underneath are your Team Projects. If you expand the first Team Project node (JavaCalcAgile in our case) you will see the nodes for the Work Items engine, Documents (Sharepoint document repository), Build engine (automated builds) and Source Control.
Congratulations! You now have Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 installed and connected to Team Foundation Server 2010.