The information in this post applies to connecting Visual Studio 2008 to Team Foundation Server 2010, 2012, 2013.
Before beginning I am assuming that you already installed Visual Studio 2008 on your workstation and did the following:
Install the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Explorer.
Reapply Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (Installer).
Download and install the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Service Pack 1 Forward Compatibility Update for Team Foundation Server 2010, 2012, 2013 (Installer).
Now you will perform the following steps to connect to your Team Foundation Server from Visual Studio 2008:
Open the Tools menu and click on the “Connect to Team Foundation Server…” option.
Click on the “Servers…” button.
Click the “Add…” button.
Supply http://blah:8008/tfs/YourCollectionName for the server name field where “blah” is the Team Foundation Server for your account and “YourCollectionName” is the collection name.
When prompted, supply your sign-in credentials.
Click on the…
This walkthrough will explain how to setup email alerts in TFS when there is a check-in. Using this method, you can not only select a TFS Project, but you can also select an individual folder. This is useful if you are not interested in some folders in the project, but want alerts on others.
TFS Check-In Alerts in Visual Studio 2008
First, TFS Power Tools must be installed for Visual Studio 2008 (Link), and Team Explorer (Link).
First make sure you are connected to TFS.
Tools >> Connect to Team Foundation Server…
Open Source Control Explorer.
View >> Other Windows >> Source Control Explorer.
Navigate to the folder that you want notifications on.
Right click and select “Alert on Change…”
The following popup window will display. From here you can set the alert name and the email that you want to send it to. It will try to default…