Getting Started with GitHub for the Enterprise

Sign In

Visit the URL for your local GitHub installation and sign in (upper right corner). If you have set it up for Windows Integrated authentication then you would use your domain user account and password.

Setup your profile

Click the account settings icon in the upper right corner.

Provide your name, email, website url, location, and Gravatar so your picture shows on your commits.

Download GitHub for Windows

Click step 1. SetUp Git

Then download and install GitHub for Windows

When it asks for your user name and password, just skip to the next step and continue the installation (unless you would also like to integrate with Then close github for windows. This just installed all the local tools you will need to work with Git.

To the console and beyond!

Open up the git console. There should now be an icon for Git Shell on your desktop.

Create a folder to hold your git repos and go to that folder:

cd \
md git
cd git

Set your config options

git config --global "YourUserName"
git config --global YourEmail@YourCompany
git config --global merge.tool kdiff3

Obviously these should be your username and e-mail.

Clone the repo you want

You can find the full path to the repo you want by going to the repository page in the github site. You can do this by navigating to your Enterprise installation and clicking Explore in the top bar. Hopefully you can find the repo you want in the list.

Now that you know where your repo is located, clone it locally with the shell. Important safety tip: Repository names are case sensitive.

git clone .\Repo

Now you’re in business!

Frequently used git commands

Hopefully these seem familiar.

git status
git commit -m "my message"
git pull
git push

When you push you will be prompted for your user name and password.

Visual Studio Integration

Visual Studio now provides built-in integration with Git. VS 2013 preview is smart enough to know that it is working with a git repo, has the git plugin, and automatically sets up this integration. VS 2012 requires that you set the source control provider:

  • Download the Git Provider Plugin and install it.
  • Go to tools -> options -> Source Control and set the provider to Git

Now you have icons next to all the files indicating their status and you can use team explorer (next to solution explorer) to perform common git tasks.


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