When you download Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Team Explorer etc. from the public Microsoft site you always get a small Web installer. Surely enough this does not contain al files, so when you click it, it starts downloading the remaining Gigabytes.
This is nasty sometimes when you are at a server with slow connection or if you need to update multiple PC’s. To overcome this, the Visual Studio Team included a nice little trick that allows you to download all files up front.
When you call the installer with the /layout option, you get the option to select a download location.
To illustrate this a short example
- Download Visual Studio 2013.2 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42666). Notice the file size of 1.7 MB
- Open a command prompt
- Run VS2013.2.exe /layout
- Download to a location
Your download starts right away!
Hope this helps!