In TFS you can set up Project Alerts that alert users when work items change. But sometimes you would like to be able to add a list of people to be notified when a particular work item changes.
You can achieve this by using a server-side plug-in.
Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- Enable SMTP settings for your TFS in TFS Admin Console (if not already done)
- Add a custom field to your work item types:
Type = “string”, Reference Name = “TFS.CcNotificationReceivers”
… and display it on the Work Item form:
- Install server-side plug-in:
Get TFS.WorkItemTracking.CcNotifications.dll from here for TFS 2015.1 or higher, or here for TFS 2013 and copy it to the “PlugIns” folder, located at: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 12.0\Application Tier\Web Services\bin\Plugins
(to uninstall, simply delete the .DLL again)
- Done. When you enter user names (or e-mail addresses) into the new field (separate multiple values with commas or semicolons), those users will be notified of any changes that happen to that particular work item.
Note: Server-side plug-ins work on TFS on-premises only (not with Visual Studio Online).
Update (February 23, 2016): Added link to TFS 2015.1-compatible .ZIP file.