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Connecting Visual Studio to VSO

This post is part of an overall Series on Visual Studio Online Part 3 of 31.

Long Way

After you have a new Team Project in VSO you would eventually want to connect your Visual Studio to it. Open Visual Studio

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Open Team Explorer by click View and then Team Explorer


When Team Explorer pops up click on the Connect to Team Projects button


and then click on Select Team Projects


Click on Servers


Visual Studio conveniently loads a list of your servers connected to VSO for you if you signed in, if you don’t see your newly created account in the list click Add


Enter the full url to your account as it was on your account page and click OK


You account will now exists in the servers list, click Close and then the Connect to Team Foundation Server window will auto load your Team Project Collection and it’s Team Projects, tick the checkbox next to the Team Projects you want to be able to connect from in Visual Studio and click Connect


Your Team Project is now connected to Visual Studio and you can now setup your builds, clone code repositories, etc

Slightly more steps than before.

Short Way

Of course if you wanted to open the project the easy way you could simple navigate to the Team Project and click on Open in Visual Studio


this would then launch a new instance of Visual Studio and connects to your Team Project


Reference: Connecting Visual Studio to VSO from our NCG partner Gordon Beeming at the blog.

Gordon Beeming

Gordon is a Software Developer in Durban, South Africa working for Derivco. He is also a Visual Studio ALM Ranger and ALM MVP. Hew writes about anything that he feels might be useful to anyone in the community.

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