Well, I think I’ve managed to successfully install VSTS. I have it configured on three different VPC’s – one to house SQL, on to be my application server, and one to act as my client. Realistically, I guess I could have used only 2 VPC’s and configured the my host machine with VS.NET + the TS features – but I wanted to self contain everything as much as possible. I made a back up of my freshly installed images expecting that I’ll be reverting to its successful installation point at some time in the future.
I went and created my first Portfolio – I got an error regarding source control, so, I’m still trying to figure that one out. Everything else seems to work though – I can create new Work Items, perform searches, I have a site for the project on my app server, etc. I was a little freaked out because some of the reporting features weren’t working – but alas, I read the readme which states that they aren’t supposed to work. WHEW.
I can’t say it’s been the most pleasant experience of my life – but I can’t complain about it either. Its beta – if I want to play with beta things – I need to accept that it’s not all fun and games. So far, I’m thinking that my home grown team management system (Sharepoint based) and automated build (Sharepoint + a lot of cool tools) might still be more feature-rich, and less volatile. But I’m still pumped – I simply can’t wait to put this baby through its paces. I’ll keep you posted. I’m really anxious to hear from others who are diving into the Beta 1. I’ve gone through almost all the features to date with the exception of the actual team stuff… and I need to master it all in 3 weeks (explanation to come soon).