10-4 Episode 33: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is here! In this episode of 10-4, Brian Keller takes us through downloading and installing Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Beta 2. This time-compressed video will take you through all of the key things you need to know to get up and running quickly with beta 2.

This video references several important URL's. Those URL's, as well as some other handy links for beta 2, are as follows:
- Download instructions for all files in this video
- Compatibility hotfix for Team Explorer 2008 connecting to Team Foundation Server 2010
- Enable Lab Management
- More information about the Windows Server 2008 VHD
- Beta 2 home on MSDN
- Information on "Go Live" license
MSDN Forums
- Visual Studio Connect site (report bugs / suggestions)
- Team Foundation Server 2010 Deployment Guidance
- Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit
- Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course

You may also be interested in viewing 10-4 Episode 20, which provides more details on configuring your base operating system.



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    The Discussion

    • twentytwokhz

      Awesome! can't wait to play with the bits Big Smile

      2 more days remaining til download is available for everyone.

    • tomkirbygre​en

      Rock on! Smiley

    • MarioTP

      Yeeaahh! The time of waiting is over Smiley!

    • pkz

      Can I simply uninstall Beta 1 (TFS, .net4 framework, and VS2010) and continue on with the VM I'm currently running?


      Looking forward to using this.


    • briankel

      Hi PKZ,


      Great question. Yes you should be able to do that. But just be advised that upgrading from beta 1 of TFS 2010 to beta 2 of TFS 2010 is not an officially supported scenario. So if you intend to take advantage of the "go live" license to run this in a production capacity then you should really be installing on a clean box.



    • bitterman

      On clean W2K8 R2 Install, clean SQL Standard SP1, I get the following error on the TFS readiness validation:


      [ Reporting ] TFxxxxxx: SQL Server Reporting Services is configured to require a secure connection, however no HTTPS URL is configured with a valid certificate. Use the Reporting Services Configuration Manager to configure or remove HTTPS support.


      However, I don't see any checkbox in "Reporting Services Configuration Manager" to turn off HTTPS.  Any way to supress this?  Configuration wizard won't let me continue without fixing this issue.



    • briankel

      Hi Bitterman,

      I haven't seen that one yet. Can you please visit our TFS forum (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/tfsprerelease/threads) and post your query there? We've got product team experts standing by who should be able to help. If you don't get a timely response ping me back via my blog.



    • wisnia

      Downloaded TFS and VS 2010B1 Ultimate - evening of big installations is comming up Big Smile

    • PerfectPhase

      Brian, what is the supported policy on moving data from TFS-B2 to RTM?  Will there be a migration path?


      Edit: Appears there is, just read the show notes. 

    • StillKeven

      awesome,i just installed beta1,and i'm not satisfied with its poor performance.


      i wish beta 2 will have a big improvement of the performance.

    • briankel

      Yep - in my experience it's much, much better!


      Performance was a huge push for the team between beta 1 and beta 2.



    • athman

      hi brian



      i wondering why u make insall install the beta 2 only via web installer why there is no iso for us while msdn subscribes can download the ISO file this is not fair isnt it?

    • DavGuy



      I have more details about upgrading Visual Studio Betas.  This doesn't apply to TFS Server, just to Professional, Ultimate (formerly VSTS or TeamSuite), and Premium products.


      If you evaluated Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, you will be happy to hear that no reformatting is required. Additionally, a simple path exists to upgrade Beta2 on the same machine. It involves uninstalling your Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 product and then installing one of the Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 offerings.


      Given the nature of pre-release software, there may be a few pre-steps needed to ensure success, depending on what operating system you are using or what you have installed on your machine. 


      Here is a quick guide to upgrading to Beta 2.  (These steps need to be performed in this order).

      1. If you have Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta 1 installed: go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 1 Object Model.
      2. If you have Silverlight SDK 3 installed:, go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall it. (It's often installed with Expression Suite 3 or as an add-on to Visual Studio 2008).    
      3. Everyone: Go to Add/Remove Programs, Uninstall Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1,
      4. If you are using Vista RTM or SP1, or Windows Server 2008 RTM: then go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall .NET Framework 4. That would include any associated langpacks, Extended, and Client, in that order.


             Everyone: Now Install Visual Studio Beta 2!


      For full details about these issues, you can read the official Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 ReadMe here.

      Read Aaron’s Blog for the latest updates to these instructions.

      See the following help documentation link for more information on how to install and maintain Visual Studio Beta 2.

    • briankel

      Most ISO's are there. The rest are coming.

    • briankel

      All ISO's are there now. Follow this link to grab all files referenced in this video using a download manager.

      Or follow this link to grab other Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 SKU's (e.g. Express, Team Agents, etc.).


      Happy downloading!



    • HowieD

      Installing from scratch is a fine thing. But more important I guess is how to upgrade an existing TFS 2008 installation.

      Hope there will be a in deep coverage on this.

    • briankel

      Hi Howie,


      Check out the Team Foundation Server 2010 Deployment Guidance if you haven't already.



    • briankel



      Just found another link you should check out - see http://blogs.msdn.com/bkrieger/archive/2009/10/21/team-foundation-server-2010-upgrade.aspx - Bryan has promised a follow-up post which goes step-by-step through a 2008 -> 2010 upgrade.



    • joebalt

      The VM that is referenced in here (from the "Download all files..." link) has a disfunctional VMBus driver when I boot it (looking at device mgr, system devices) , and therefore, the Microsoft Virtual Machine Bus Network Adapter cannot be brought online.  Any ideas for a fix for this?


      device mgr reports that the device cannot find enough free resources to start (Code 12), and suggests disabling some other resources to try to make room for the VMBus device...





      Update:  ran msconfig, boot tab, advanced options, checked "Detect HAL", all good.

    • josephjk

      We upgraded TFS from TFS 2008 (with SP1) to TFS 2010 Beta 2.  This is a single server deployment for a small team, with TFS, WSS and SQL all on the same Windows 2003 (with SP2) server.  As part of the process, we upgraded WSS 3.0 to 3.0 SP1, and SQL 2005 to SQL 2008 with SP1.


      The TFS 2010 Beta 2 install ran normally.  The Upgrade Configuration tool ran normally as well, however it ended with a few warnings:

      Warning TF205018: An error occurred when attempting to save the mapping from the SharePoint Web application to Team Foundation Server. The SharePoint Web application is: http://SERVERNAME/. The error is: TF250067: No connection could be made to Team Foundation Server at the following address: http://SERVERNAME:8080/tfs. Either the specified URL does not point to a server that is running Team Foundation Server, the server is not available, or the service account for SharePoint Products does not have sufficient permissions on that server. The service account for SharePoint Products might not have been added to the required group in Team Foundation Server. For more information, see the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=161206)..


      Warning TF252014: A SharePoint site could not be created at the following location: http://SERVERNAME/sites/DefaultCollection. The server returned the following error message: TF250034: An access grant could not be found between Team Foundation Server and the SharePoint Web application that you specified. The Team Foundation Server ID is: 0a842b58-29c7-4862-b96e-b81a00885d85. The SharePoint Web application is: http://SERVERNAME/sites/DefaultCollection. You must grant access for the Web application in the Team Foundation Administration Console.. To address this error, open the Team Foundation Administration Console and make sure that the settings for the SharePoint Web applications that supports this team project collection are correct.


      Warning Failed to attach to the portal for project OldTfsProjectName. Portal address: http://SERVERNAME/sites/OldTfsProjectName. Use the Portal Settings dialog to attach manually. The following exception occurred: TF250057: No access rights were found for the following SharePoint Web application: http://SERVERNAME/. The Team Foundation Server ID is: 0a842b58-29c7-4862-b96e-b81a00885d85. You must grant access for this SharePoint Web application before you can use it.


      All our old TFS 2008 projects show up after the upgrade to TFS 2010 Beta 2 within Team Explorer.  The Work Items, Source Control Tree, and the shared documents all seem okay.  (Sweet relief).


      Note that:
      * WSS Central Administration site comes up fine
      * the new TFS Web Access site comes up fine
      * the default WSS site comes up fine


      The missing part however is that none of the old project portals can be found.  The old sites are completely gone from SharePoint.


      Do you have any advice on how to recreate the Team Project Portals for the existing TFS projects that were migrated from TFS 2008 to TFS 2010 Beta 2?


      Best regards,

    • DickBaker

      The WS08 VPC is only at SP1 and TFS2010B2 requires the O/S to be at SP2, meaning that everybody who attempts the B2 installs will have to u/g the VPC image. Unimpressed!


      otherwise gr8 so far



    • briankel

      Hi Dick,

      Sorry for the extra step, but that's the only WS08 VM I could find for free, public download. I call out in the video that you should install all updates including SP2. If the Windows Server team publishes a newer VM I will link to it.



    • briankel

      Hi Joe,


      I'm glad that things are (mostly) working for you!

      I don't know the answer to your question but I have two suggestions.

      1) Post your question in the MSDN Forum for Team Foundation Server. Please include all of the same details as above, that's great information to have. The Forums are being monitored by product team experts, MVP's, and support professionals.

      2) You can also try contacting Support. See the Go Live post which explains how to get an Access ID for no-charge assistance with beta 2.

    • Richard1975

      Anyone experiencing No sound, I tried episode: 10-4 Episode 32: MEF Preview 7 both using Silverlight and downloading WMV all works, ie with sound however this episode, sound is not working, Anyone got any ideas?


       By the way I have turned up the speakers.

    • Dutt



      I am really struggling on setting up Windows 2008 Server VHD.


      the steps I followed


      1. Downloaded - Windows Server 2008 R2 RC Enterprise Evaluation (Full Edition)

      2. Exctracted VHD file.

      3. Configured VHD with Microsoft Virual PC 2007

      4. Started Win 2008


      Issue: whist starting win 2008 server, it is showing "Windows is loading files..." with progress bar. Progress bar runs two times and vpc gets restarted. again

                 "Windows is loading files..." with progress bar. Progress bar runs two times and vpc gets restarted.


                  "Windows is loading files..." with progress bar. Progress bar runs two times and vpc gets restarted.

        It is going to infine loop.


      Note: Base machines I have tested are XP (SP3) and Vista.


      could you please reply me the solution how can I up VHD file.




    • Dutt

      another try... Now I am downloading the Win2008 from the link you mentioned in your blog post.


      but what is the diff between these two VHDs?


      Thanks, Dutt

    • HowieD

      Hi Brian,


      thank you for your information. That looks really what I'm looking for.

      The promised follow-up with step-by-step guideance would be highly appreciated.



    • danutzp

      I beta 2 fully uninstallable?


      Meaning: can I install it on my dev machine now and fully uninstall it later on when the RTM gets released without having to reinstall the OS to clean up any Beta 2 "garbage", e.g. registry keys, files, etc.?





    • briankel


      The first one you were trying to download is Windows Server 2008 R2. R2 is 64-bit only, and Virtual PC can't run 64-bit operating systems. Only Hyper-V can.



    • briankel

      Hi Danut,


      Yes, uninstallation is a supported scenario for beta 2. If you have any troubles then you have found a bug. Let us know via Connect or the Forums (links in my original post) and we'll try to help you out.



    • eloekset

      Thanks for a great walkthrough of the installation. Now that I have TFS 2010 Beta2 and VS2010 Beta2, I would like to import all TFS content from our production environment (TFS 2005) to start exploring the new features of TFS. I found an article on upgrading from TFS 2005/2008 to 2010 here: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2009/10/21/upgrading-from-tfs-2005-2008-to-tfs-2010.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage


      It would be nice to have a video on how to do these steps too. It takes so much time trying to figure out which way to do things, and the videos you guys make, make these things so much easier for us ordinary mortals.

    • Ston

      Can I inatall VS2010 in Wondows Server 2003??

    • briankel

      Thanks for the feedback and suggestion. I'll add it to the backlog (but fair warning, it's quite a long backlog already - I have a ton of content development going on Smiley )



    • briankel

      Yes. What I showed in the video is just one of many possible configurations. You can install TFS on Windows Server 2003, and even Windows 7 / Vista now using the "Basic" configuration.



    • Galo

      The installer has lots's and lot's of bugs telling me "Microsoft Common Language Runtime native compiler stopped working" on windows Vista, sorry but this sucks MS !!!! 

    • tfcsd

      I do not see a Windows Server 2008 SP2 for X86 they seem to be all X64?

    • tfcsd

      cannot find  window server SP2 for X86. can finf it for X64

    • briankel

      Galo, please visit the Forums (linked in my original post) to report your issues and they will try to help you. I am wondering if you had beta 1 installed on the machine before attempting to install beta 2.

    • briankel
    • CedricM

      I dowloaded everything as mentioned in the link.


      However, I get an activation error 0x8007232B when I try to use the VM.

      When following the link, it tells me I haven't a genuine Windows Vista blah blah.


      But this is a Windows Server VM on a genuine Windows 7 64 (not Vista).


      What can I do?


    • tfcsd

      Is Windows Web Server 2008 the same thing?

    • briankel

      No, I don't believe that Windows Web Server is a supported O/S for TFS installation.

    • briankel

      I covered this briefly in this video and more in episode 20 which is where I spent more time talking about the actual VM. You sould ignore this error message, that's what you get when you use the trial VM that I linked to.

    • jcraigue

      GDI please post this as TEXT!!

      Video is the debbil....

    • briankel



      You're more than welcome to read the documentation which comes with the product. Smiley

    • anirbansaha

      Can I install Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2 on windows XP?

    • vladtronko



      I think YES, because I can. (XPSP3 oem eng).

      But, I'v got some troubles with Office2003 installed. After deinstallation of OFF2003 and installation Office2010beta - all working great.



    • Dutt

      HI Keller, this video is really a big help, thanks for this. btw, I am curious to know the video editing software you used especially for PIP effects.

    • briankel

      Thanks Dutt! Glad it helped.


      I used Camtasia 5.0. It's on my list to learn Expression Encoder 3, though - it can do the same style of screencast.

    • Flip

      I found it rather frustrating to listen for 15m on a 20m video, through all the TFS "stuff," before getting to the ACTUAL topic material, Installing Visual Studio 2010!  WTF? 


      I wasted 15m through things I care NOTHING about.  I already have a source control system, SVN, and I have NO interest in changing that over right now.  I just want to install VS 2010 and play with it, I want to code, I want to see C#, WPF, the designer surface, the new editor enhancements.


      I'm finding this to be a common theme lately, MS seems to be upselling VS 2010 and masquarading TFS in there to sell more TFS licenses.  The bait'n'switch is alive and well I see? :<

    • hamada omara

      hay i am wait  Big Smile .....

      welcome    vs2010   .. i am ready for coding   Cool Cool

    • Computerman​123

      I had installed visual basic 2010 beta 2 express edition, and when I started it yestarday it said "Application cannot Start" and It was working fine before, and I would really like to get it back up and running as quickly as possible, could someone please tell me what I am doing wrong? I am using windows 7 home premium x64 Bit Version

    • briankel

      Flip, I'm sorry you feel that way, but the description for this video clearly spells out Team Foundation Server and that's the primary purpose for this video. Installing Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate is pretty strightforward.

    • briankel

      32-bit: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe /resetuserdata
      64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe /resetuserdata


      See https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=499244&wa=wsignin1.0

    • huhoic

      I thought there was a link to a vhd with all of this installed?  I see all the links to install everything from 2008 server, vs2010, and tfs.  But I thought there was a vhd with this all already installed and configured and all we had to do was mount it.  Is that available??

    • briankel

      Yep you're looking for this, which was posted in December (well after when this video was posted):


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