How to connect VS 2003, VS 2005 and VS 2008 to TFS 2010?

by Ewald Hofman 29. April 2010 12:21

The architecture of TFS 2010 is changed, and the shipped products are now aware of this new architecture. So you need an update for these products to be able to connect to TFS.

Visual Studio 2008

You need to install the Forward Compatibility Update for Visual Studio 2008. Before you can apply this Update, it is required that Service Pack 1 is applied to Visual Studio 2008. You can find the download over here

To make a connection to the TFS 2010 server, you must type in the full url to the server, which is


such as http://tfs2010:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection

Visual Studio 2005

For Visual Studio 2005 you also need to apply a Forward Compatibility Update. You also need Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005 to be able to apply the Update. You can find the download at:

You make the connection to the TFS 2010 server in a similar was as you do for Visual Studio 2008

Visual Studio 2003

For Visual Studio 2003 there is no Team Explorer, you will need the MSSCCI provider to be able to connect to TFS 2010. You can find the MSSCCI provider in the Visual Studio Gallery at:

Installation order does matter

Be aware that the order of the installation is important for the solution to work correctly.

1. Install Visual Studio 200x

2. Install Team Explorer 200x

3. Install latest Service Pack for Visual Studio 200x

4. Install the Forward Compatibility Update

When you install Team Explorer after you install the service pack, Team Explorer will not be patched by the Forward Compatibility Update!

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5/10/2010 2:36:49 PM #



Hi! I want to use Team Foundation 2010 as the source control tool for all of my vs2008 projects. I installed TF 2010 and vs2008 in the same server. TF server 2010 was configured as basic during the installation. I also installed following components successfully:

- Install Team Explorer 2008
- Install Visual Studio 2008 SP1
- Install VSTS 2008 Forward Compatibility Update

I can connected to Team Foundation Server from vs2008 successfully (connect to DefaultCollection). However, it failed to "Add New Team Project..." from Team Explorer within vs2008. the error code is tf30172.

I used Administror account to install and to create new team project.

Any help would be very appreciated! thanks.


Anna United States |

5/10/2010 9:05:57 PM #

Ewald Hofman

You can only create a new Team Project in TFS 2010 with VS 2010.

Ewald Hofman Netherlands |

5/11/2010 6:44:37 AM #



Anna United States |

5/10/2011 7:19:38 AM #


Thanks for putting this together in one post.  I use VS 2005/2008 to build and maintain various SQL Server SSIS, SSRS and SSAS projects and require the comparability with TFS 2010.

Chris United States |

8/23/2011 6:11:21 PM #


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