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Installing TFS 2015 Proxy Server

09/03/2016

Here are the steps I took to install Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2015 Proxy Server.

Download the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2015 (with update 1) from MSDN.

Use disk image software to mount the ISO image.

Browse to the virtual device where the ISO is mounted and run tfs_server.exe.

Choose the installation location and click Install (figure 1).

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Figure 1

The install will commence installation (figure 2).

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Figure 2

Select Configure Team Foundation Server Proxy and click Start Wizard (Figure 3).

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Figure 3

The Proxy Configuration Wizard then loads, click Next (figure 4).

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Figure 4

Click Browse to add a Team Project Collection.

Click Servers, then Add.

Enter the URL of the Team Foundation Server and click OK. Click Close.

Then select the Collection and click Connect (figure 5).

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Figure 5

Click Next (figure 6).

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Figure 6

Either leave the Service Account as the default or select a purpose-created account. Verify that under Advanced Configuration, NTLM is selected. Click Next (figure 7).

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Figure 7

Leave the default settings, unless an alternative File Cache Folder location is required. Click Next.

Review the settings. Click Next (figure 8).

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Figure 8

The readiness checks will validate the system is ready for configuration.

The log shows that some IIS features (SSI, CustomLogging and WindowsAuthentication) are not installed so this will be done automatically.

Click Configure (figure 9).

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Figure 9

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Figure 10

Configuration will complete. Click Next (figure 11).

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Figure 11

Review the results. Click Close (figure 12).

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Figure 12

Click Close on the Configuration Center window.

That’s it, all done!

To check that it is working as expected, update Visual Studio to use the proxy server. In VS2010 go to Tools -> Options -> Source Control -> Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. Tick the “Use proxy server for file downloads” checkbox and specify the name of the proxy server.

On the proxy server, in Performance Monitor, you can add the counters for TFS Proxy Server. My preference is then to change the graph type to Report, all the metrics should be nill value. When you then Get Latest on something in the same collection then the counters should start to reflect this.

I shall add to my list of future posts an example of using the command line to pre-cache the files to improve performance. If possible I shall do this with PowerShell although I have done this previously with a DOS file.

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