Tim Elhajj

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About Tim Elhajj

Tim Elhajj has been a technical writer for longer than he cares to admit. He lives in Washington State with his wife, two high-school age kids, some random chickens, and a bunch of computers.

He graduated summa cum laude from Hunter College’s School of Arts and Sciences in midtown Manhattan. Since moving West, he’s worked at companies small and large: One company made software that ran in DOS, others provided public record retrieval or corporate expense accounting services. He’s done his time in the contract agency trenches, and he’s worked for big, recognizable companies like RealNetworks and Microsoft.

He currently holds both the MCSE and MCSA certifications from Microsoft.


Comments are always appreciated, but sometimes it makes more sense to send email:  tim.elhajj (at) microsoft (dot) com

6 thoughts on “About Tim Elhajj

  1. Hi Tim,

    firstly, let me give you a big thank you for all the videos you have made regarding TFS. I’m currently doing an install of TFS & the videos have been really helpful

    I have a couple of questions which I thought you might be able to clarify for me

    You have 2 video regarding the MOSS 2010 configuration for TFS 2010. ie:
    a. “Manual MOSS 2010 Configuration for TFS 2010”
    b. “How to Install and Configure MOSS 2010 for TFS 2010”

    1. Do either achieve the same results, ie: either A or B (i assume B is simpler since it is using the “TFS 2010 MOSS Configuration Tool”

    2. Am I meant to do the above before installing TFS itself or after ?

    3. Do you have a video for the TFS 2010 installation ?….this would be once again extremely helpful.

    Thank You Very Much in Advance


    Ian Salgado

  2. Ian, thanks for the kind words about the site! I am glad the videos have been helpful to you.

    To answer your questions, Yes both videos offer instruction to reach the same goal: MOSS 2010 and TFS 2010 working together with the fancy dashboards. The only difference is that the one video (manually configure MOSS 2010 for TFS 2010) only covers the manual configuration of MOSS 2010. In the other video, the configuration tool does these steps for you. The configuration tool is a little wonkey, though, and we didn’t offer manual steps for MOSS 2010 on MSDN for the longest time, so I wanted to offer some instruction on doing the job manually here on the blog.

    As for question #2, it’s a little complicated. First off, you don’t need SharePoint to install TFS. You can skip SharePoint during install and add it after the fact. You can find out more about adding SharePoint to an existing TFS server here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee462861.aspx

    On the other hand, if you are just looking for a sequence for what to install when during TFS install, then, well, it depends. 🙂 It’s actually a complicated answer, so let me spell all the options out for you, in case someone else happens on this answer.

    If you’re going to use the SharePoint that comes with TFS (WSS 3.0), then, no, you don’t have to configure anything. You can just let TFS do the installation and configuration for you. If you’re going to install MOSS (which sounds like you are), then, yes, you want to install and configure SharePoint prior to installing TFS. But it’s even more complicated, because you have to take into consideration where you’re going to install SharePoint, too– if you’re going to install MOSS on a server other than the TFS server, then you have to run the TFS installer on the SharePoint machine AFTER you install and setup SharePoint. In TFS 2010, the installer will sniff SharePoint and give you an option to install the TFS SharePoint extensions. Install and configure these before you install TFS and point it to the remote SharePoint server. If you’re installing MOSS on the same server as TFS, you don’t have to worry–TFS will install and configure its SharePoint extensions for you. Here is a link to the checklist for installing TFS on multiple servers, which spells out the sequence all the various options: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd578648.aspx

    As for the video of TFS installation, I don’t have one. 😦 If you’re going to do the standard TFS install, the hard part is getting SQL Server installed and I do have a video for that installation. Once you get SQL Server installed, you just run the TFS installer and select the standard install wizard. This installation will lay down SharePoint for you. Now that you’ve asked for it, I’m embarrassed I don’t have a video for the standard TFS 2010 install. I will consider moving this installation to the top of my TO DO movie queue. Hope this helps!


  3. Hi TIm,

    Thank you for your answer. after following the steps, I managed to get SP (as part of TFS) so all good in that front.

    I have another question/request for you…..video for installing & configuring MS-LYNC 2010 ?

    Thank You



  4. Ian, I am glad to hear that you’ve got MOSS hooked up to TFS! I can’t say I’ve actually installed or configured LYNC yet. I’m curious if you plan to use this for software development and how it fits into your organization? I use it at work all the time, so I can see the value. I wonder if there is some agile/TFS plug in I don’t know about?

  5. Thank you, Ian! I’ll put LYNC 2010 into the queue. I’ve never done that install myself, but I don’t mind trying it out. I have a few others I’ve promised first, but I appreciate the recommendation.

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