Setting up a friendly URL in TFS

Setting up TFS is no longer something complicated – even considering that a typical TFS installation consists of multiple servers in addition to TFS itself (SQL Server, SharePoint, etc.). That characteristic, however, makes an activity still somewhat complicated: create a friendly URL for TFS, which is applied to all its components.

Why a friendly URL?

Server names, in most of the companies we serve, are usually strange curious and hard to memorize. So, instead of using nrio765ftfs or ihmtztfsapp (real names of TFS servers in two of our customers) wouldn’t it be easier to use e.g. To assign a friendly name to TFS, you need to take into account the various components of the solution that need to be changed. So, I decided to create a series of posts explaining how to configure each component of TFS. As the posts are published, I’ll update this post with links.
  1. TFS Application Tier ;
  2. Reports (SQL Server Reporting Services) ;
  3. Project portal (SharePoint);
  4. Data warehouse (SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services);
  5. Build (drops, symbols);
  6. (Bonus) Visual Studio Release Management Server.

Stay tuned – more to come!


Author: Igor Abade

Igor Abade V. Leite ([email protected]) is a Visual Studio ALM MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) since 2006. Speaker at various Software Development community events (TechEd Brasil, The Developers’ Conference, DevOps Summit Brasil, Agile Brazil, Visual Studio Summit, QCON among others), has also written articles in magazines and websites such as MSDN Brazil. Since March/2011 is one of the owners of Lambda3, a Brazilian consulting company specialized in ALM, software development and training. Visit his blog about VS ALM at and follow him on Twitter @igorabade.

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