Microsoft Ends Project Server & TFS Integration Support

With TFS '15' no longer out-of-box integration support between Project Server and TFS, nor for Project Online and Visual Studio Team Services.

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Microsoft discontinuing Project Server and TFS Integration with the upcoming version of TFS dubbed TFS '15', the company notes, "they'll no more provide an out-of-box integration experience between Project Server and Team Foundation Server."

In additon, an out-of-box integration for Project Online and Visual Studio Team Services, will also not available.

Reason, as the team notes, that nearly "all customers who attempted the integration were not using it."

However, some customers still have a valid need for Project Server/TFS Integration. Therefore, a partner with specialization in this area will provide solution going forward, writes Gregg Boer.

Tivitie is a partner who provides integration between Project Server/Project Online and TFS/Visual Studio Team Services.

The supports will continue for following versions:

  • "TFS 2010 SP1, 2012, 2013, and 2015
  • Project Server 2007, 2010 and 2013"

Furthermore, explaining abandoning they said it's because of "Agile" which has became dominant over the years, "most TFS projects are being run as Agile projects."

Many integrations were abandoned because to track progress, Agile projects plan on demand, "typically 2-3 sprints out," and "often use story points to track progress," explains Boer. Where, traditional projects typically plan for "the entire scope of a project and use hours to track progress," explained Boer.

In another post, Microsoft advise those still running SMB1–-should stop using it as it's not safe.

Earlier this week, company released MS16-114, a security update to prevent "denial of service" and "remote code execution", said, "if you need this security patch, you already have a much bigger problem SMB1."

"The original SMB1 protocol is nearly 30 years old, and like much of the software made in the 80's, it was designed for a world that no longer exists. "