Tim Elhajj

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Install Team Foundation Server 2012: the ebook version

Following up on the success of the upgrade ebook, I published a guide for installation of TFS 2012 on Smashwords.

Install Team Foundation Server 2012: the ultimate installation guide covers the procedures for installing TFS 2012 with all the latest Microsoft products, including SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012. This is useful because Microsoft released new versions of all its flagship server products shortly after TFS 2012 came out. As is often the case, there were compatibility issues. The version of SharePoint that came with TFS 2012 wouldn’t install on the new version of Windows Server. This book walks you through all those manual steps.

Get it now, free from Smashwords.

It comes in a variety of formats, including all the latest e-book formats (mobi, epub), as well as PDF and even RTF. There is also an HTML viewer at Smashwords, if you just want to check it out. As with the upgrade ebook, Smashwords will distribute this to all its affiliate vendor sites, including B&N’s nook store, Apples iTunes book store, Kobo, Diesel and the affiliated libraries. Soon I’ll publish it at the Amazon Kindle store for a nominal fee and immediately request a price match of free (Amazon won’t let me set it to free manually). If you want a bargain, you should wait for the price match to purchase from Amazon.

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Upgrade Team Foundation Server 2012: the ebook version

By now you’ve seen the upgrade guide I’ve been working on for the latest TFS release. I’ve taken this same material and published it as an e-book. You can get it free, here, from Smashwords. Soon it will appear on all the Smashwords affiliate vendor sites, like B&N’s nook store, Apple’s iTunes book store, Kobo, Diesel and a few others.

I did it mostly for your convenience, but I’m also thinking a lot about ebooks lately. A small publisher based in India contacted me during the run up to the latest release and solicited my help with a different title for TFS. I had to turn them down, but I kept thinking about how easy it is to self-publish these days. If a small press sees a chance to earn money, then perhaps a reasonable amount of customers would find information useful in this format. It’s also satisfying for me to arrange the information for ebook publication. What works here on the blog doesn’t necessarily translate to a successful ebook layout. I found I had to cut about 20% of the information because it was duplicative and I thought it might be confusing to add to the ebook. I also found I had to create about 5% or 10% new information to tie things together. Gone are the three distinct server upgrade paths. In its place, I have one major server upgrade path with various optional steps.

If you get a chance to check it out, let me know what you think in a comment here, or with a review or rating at any of the retailers were you might find it. I’m interested.