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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software

I've been chin deep in confusion the last week getting EnGraph to be official Certified Partners and installing Team Foundation Server.  Luckily for me, there is a lot of good information online so I thought I would post a mini-guide:

DO ask lots of questions to your Microsoft rep about becoming certified

DON'T freak out when the partner's site opens 15 new Internet Explorer windows

DO follow the competencies instructions as close as possible

DO worry when you don't hear back from Microsoft after three months

DON'T wait until your existing MSDN subscription runs out (sorry about that guys)

DO call Microsoft and find out you didn't assign your competencies correctly

DO spend over an hour on the phone getting everything straightened out

DON'T ask the tech support guy how to spell Microsoft when entering a url (I thought it was funny)

DO make a blog post about being certified

DO order a new server for Team Foundation Server from Dell

DO take a picture of your Certified Partners banner

DO follow this guide very closely when installing TFS

DON'T worry when you forget to log in as TFSADMIN to complete install

DO spend lots of time on TeamSystemRocks.com

DON'T uninstall and reinstall Team Explorer 6 times when you can't write unit tests

DO lots of research and find out you need Team Edition for Developers to write unit tests

DO wave a finger in the air at Microsoft for making 15 versions of Visual Studio 2005

DO give much thanks to Mickey Gousset for helping you figure out exactly how to get Team Edition for Developers

DO call Microsoft to find out why you don't have Team Edition for Developers

DON'T let the Certified Partners tech support transfer you to MSDN tech support

DO find out that you will get Team Edition for Developers in the mail

DO sleep easier knowing that your company won't have to spend more money to write unit tests

 

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2006 8:08 AM EnGraph , .NET , TFS | Back to top


Comments on this post: Do's and Don'ts of becoming Certified - Installing TFS

# re: Do's and Don'ts of becoming Certified - Installing TFS
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I figured I would return the favor after you left a comment on my blog. This post is both funny and painfully true, especially about following the guide and the 15 versions of VS2005. You also might want to include the fact that you have to sign up as a Visual Studio Integration Partner in order to get the SDK.
Left by Tim Murphy on Dec 08, 2006 1:06 PM

# re: Do's and Don'ts of becoming Certified - Installing TFS
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"DO wave a finger in the air at Microsoft for making 15 versions of Visual Studio 2005"

ROTFLMAO
Left by Dru on Dec 11, 2006 11:29 AM

# VSTS Links - 12/20/2006
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Mark D'Urso on MSDN Wiki.

michal.Log on Tracing in TFS MSSCI Provider.

Tim Murphy on Book Review:...
Left by Team System News on Dec 20, 2006 7:49 AM

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