23 Dec

The Visual Studio Install Process for the Whole Enchilada

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I recently had to go through the process of installing Visual Studio 2008 with a team getting ready to use Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. Further, I have been tinkering with Silverlight 2 recently and this has even more tooling around it.

Based on this experience, I thought I would outline the installed components. You’ll see that it takes awhile to get through all of this.

Keep in mind, this is the install for the client side. Not the server or the build machine.

  1. Visual Studio Team System 2008 basic install.
    This can be Team Suite, Developer, Tester, whatever. See your MSDN subscription or DVD media for this.
  2. Team Explorer 2008
  3. Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools
  4. Visual Studio 2008 SP1
  5. Expression Studio
    Hopefully you get this with your MSDN subscription, but if not you can get some love here.
  6. Microsoft® Silverlight™ Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1
  7. Microsoft Expression Blend™ 2 Service Pack 1
  8. Deep Zoom Composer
  9. The Silverlight Toolkit
  10. ReSharper

Whew. Did I miss anything? The kitchen sink?

6 thoughts on “The Visual Studio Install Process for the Whole Enchilada

  1. I would add 2 more steps: install Consolas font (or Dina if for some reason I can’t use cleartype) and then head up to Commonality blog and get one of their VS.NET color themes (Distant Shores being my favorite of the batch)

  2. 11. Uninstall TFS
    12. Install TortoiseSVN
    13. Install VisualSVN

    But I’m totally down with the consolas.

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