TFS Basic Version


Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 has a new Basic version targeted for smaller shops.  According to Brian Harry’s Blog, this new version will be “as cost effective” as SourceSafe.   Not sure what “as cost effective” means but lacking any specifics I think it’s safe to assume that it will be much cheaper.  TFS Basic version is targeted for small shops but includes a large number of features. So what does it give you and, more importantly, what does it lack.




  1. Can use SQL Express or an existing SQL Server Instance
  2. Can be installed on Server AND Client Operating Systems including Vista and Widows 7 (32 & 64 bit versions).  Brian successfully tested the installation on a netbook!
  3. You get Version Control (of course)
  4. You get Bug Tracking (no mention of other work item types)
  5. You get Automated Builds!  (Continuous Integration!)
  6. As your needs grow, you can reconfigure TFS Basic to include more features.


  1. Lacks Sharepoint Portal
  2. Lacks Reporting Services



While the Portal and Reports are nice, for a small shop they are not that valuable. My experience has been that even large shops tend to ignore these features.  I am looking forward to getting my hands on this version and seeing first had what it can do.


One Comment

  • Ed Holloway says:

    Hey Randy,

    Re: #4 – all work item types are supported. We didn’t do anything in Basic to limit this.