Friday, June 13, 2014

Specifying a SQL Server Instance for Team Foundation Server Express

If you are installing Team Foundation Server Express for the very first time, you may not know that TFS Express REQUIRES an installation of SQL Server Express.

If it does not detect an installation of SQL Server Express, it will attempt to install an installation of SQL Server Express for you.

However, one thing that I earlier believed was that I could get an installation of TFS Express to install to a different instance of SQL Server using the command line instead.

I used the following command:

tfsconfig unattend /configure /type:basic /inputs:SqlInstance=MySqlInstance

However, when I attempted to run this command at the command prompt, I received the following error message:

Therefore, it appears that even if you have an installation of SQL Server Express, that if it is installed as the DEFAULT instance, it will still NOT WORK!!  It REQUIRES an instance name of SqlExpress!!

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