How to configure SMTP Settings for Team Foundation Server

There are three places where you might want to configure SMTP settings:

  1. On TFS itself via » TFS Admin Console » Email Alert Settings:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms400808(v=vs.110).aspx
  2. SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) via » Reporting Services Configuration Manager: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms345234.aspx
  3. SharePoint (SP) via » Central Admin » System Settings » Outgoing e-mail settings:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288949.aspx

Here are some screenshots:

TFS Admin Console:
Configure SMTP Settings in TFS Admin Console

Reporting Services Configuration Manager:
Configure SMTP Settings in SQL Server Reporting Services Configuration Tool

SharePoint Central Administration:Configure SMTP Settings in SharePoint Central Administration

Where to get Team Explorer from

It can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center:

Notes:

  • The “Installer” versions download necessary update files from the internet.
  • (*) = Install the GDR updates if you want to use TFS 2012 or TF Service.

How to enable the backlog view in TFS 2012 Web Access

Q: Why is the backlog view missing in TFS 2012 Web Access?

Where's the backlog tab gone?

A: In TFS 2012, web access permissions control what Web Access features are available to users. By default users get “Standard” permissions.

Here’s how to fix it: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/06/04/enabling-feedback-requests-the-backlog-and-sprint-planning-in-team-foundation-server-2012.aspx

Web Access Permissions control what features from Web Access are available to users.

Note: Make sure that all users with “Full” permission have either Visual Studio Premium, Ultimate or Test Professional (more info can be found here).