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How to Access TFS over the Internet

- J.D. Meier, Jason Taylor, Alex Mackman, Prashant Bansode

You can choose from one of the following three solutions to provide access to TFS over the Internet:
  • Use a VPN connection. You can provide access to TFS over a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Publish your TFS through a reverse proxy. You can provide access to TFS through a reverse proxy such as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server.
  • Locate your TFS in the extranet (“hosted scenario”). You can host your TFS server on an extranet.

If you are supporting remote users with VPN access, use the VPN solution. This is the easiest solution to enable, provides well-understood security, allows remote access to all TFS features, and allows you to use the TFS Proxy to improve performance. In this solution Your TFS sits inside the internal network, and external users access it over a VPN. Internal users access a TFS directly

If you are supporting remote users without VPN access or without access to the domain, use the reverse proxy scenario. This solution is more difficult to set up, but it enables remote users to access an internally located TFS without the need for VPN. In this solution your TFS sits inside the internal network, and one or more reverse proxy machines, such as ISA Server, bring in client requests from the Internet to your TFS.

If you are supporting a set of remote users who will be using a TFS installation dedicated to their use, such as a community development site, use the extranet scenario. This solution gives you the most separation between the remote users and your internal network resources. In this solution only external clients access your TFS, and it is located outside of the firewall on an extranet

If you are supporting an office with multiple clients connecting to a remote Team Foundation Server, you should install and configure Team Foundation Server Proxy in the remote office. This improves performance by caching source control files on the remote office’s proxy server.

If you are supporting a single client connecting to a remote TFS, configure the client to connect directly to the TFS.

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Last edited Jul 31, 2007 at 4:03 PM by prashantbansode, version 1


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