How to Create a Minimal Process Template

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

If you do not require support for any project management–related features of TFS beyond source control, a minimal process template may be sufficient for your needs. In order to create a minimal process template, you use the Process Template Manager to download the template to your local computer, edit the template to remove the sections you are not going to use, and then upload the template back to the server.

To create a custom project template that supports only source control
  1. In Team Explorer, right-click the server name, click Team Foundation Server Settings, and then click Process Template Manager.
  2. Choose the template you want to edit and then select Download.
  3. From the folder where you saved the template, open Process Template.xml for editing.
  4. Change the name of the process to a name of your choice by editing the <name> element.
  5. In the <plugins> section, remove the plug-ins for Reporting, Portal, and WorkItemTracking.
  6. In the <groups> section, remove the groups for Reporting, Portal, and WorkItemTracking.
  7. In the VersionControl group, find the <dependencies> section and then remove the WorkItemTracking dependency.
  8. In the folder where the template was saved, remove the Reports, Windows Sharepoint Services, and WorkItem Tracking folders.
  9. Save all of your changes.
  10. In Team Explorer, right-click the server name, click Team Foundation Server Settings, and then click Process Template Manager.
  11. Select Upload and choose the template you want to upload.

After you have uploaded the modified process template, you can create new team projects by using this template.

Additional Resources

  • For more information, see “Chapter 13 – Process Templates Explained” in this guide.
  • For more information, see “How To – Customize a Process Template in Visual Studio Team Foundation Serve” in this guide.
  • For more information, see “Customizing Process Templates” at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms243782(VS.80).aspx

Last edited Jul 25, 2007 at 12:08 PM by prashantbansode, version 1

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