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Connecting VS2008 to any TFS2010 Project Collection

Easy peasy, all you need is the full URL from the project collection and you will be able to connect directly to it as if it was a different Team Server. This functionality was added with Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, so if you don’t have SP1 installed yet you had better get it:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1

You need to use the following in the connection box “http://[tfsserver]:[port]/[vdir]/[projectCollection]

Although this looks complicated, it makes some sense at least, but is nowhere as nice as using the 2010 connection box:


One of the new things in TFS 2010 is that you can specify a virtual directory that it will run under, the default being “tfs” so you can have everything on the same ports.

So, if your tfs server name is “” and you take the default vdir of “tfs”, all you need is the collection name. So you could end up with “”


Backward compatibility +1

Connecting from Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 is a different story, there is currently no way to connect VS2005 to TFS2010. There has been some discussion around this and its importance to Business Intelligence teams. If you are just opening VS2005/VS2003 occasionally then you could probably get away with using 2010 to control TFS and working in 2005, but many BI developers are still spending a considerable amount of there time in 2005 🙁

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  • ITLackey

    Thanks for the info! I was hoping you could let me know if there are any known issues or limitation that are expected with using TS 2010 with a TFS 2008 server? Our team will probably move to the new IDE long before the server folks get around to upgrading the TFS server.

    Thanks again!

  • Manish Kungwani

    Err … even after installing the Fwd Compat update, my VS 08 cant connect to an existing team project!!
    Pls Help!!
    Posted details at:

  • Maria Celeste Genitempo

    After trying tips on other blogs, this finally worked for me. Thank you so much.

  • ashish fugat

    hi, i have visual studio 2008 installed but there is no team explorer so to connect to TFS 2010 I need to install team explorer on VS2008 ?
    please let me know what else I need to do for connection with TFS2010?

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