THIS guide will show you how to access a TFS server and perform simple check-out and check-in actions via the windows shell.
There are several solutions possible ranging from:
- TFS Command line tools
- 3rd Party Non-Microsoft tools such as Tortoise Subversion (TortoiseSVN) [link]
- Microsoft TFS Power Tools
- Visual studio Team Explorer
I believe this is the most lightweight Visual Studio alternative to access TFS source controlled files.