TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Entries Tagged as 'TFS Administration'

How to enable the backlog view in TFS 2012 Web Access

January 22nd, 2013 · No Comments · TFS Administration, Visual Studio Online

Q: Why is the backlog view missing in TFS 2012 Web Access? 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 Note: Make sure that all users with “Full” permission have either Visual Studio Premium, Ultimate […]

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Question: Can I use SQL Server 2012 with TFS 2010

January 15th, 2013 · No Comments · 16237, Team Foundation Server, TFS 2010, TFS Administration

Answer: It’s not supported, and thus not recommended. If you want to use SQL Server 2012 consider upgrading to TFS 2012, which fully supports it.

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How to set the SMTP Port in TFS 2010

February 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments · TFS Administration, TFS Installation and Configuration

The Problem You are configuring SMTP Settings for TFS 2010 and want to specify a different port for your SMTP server than the default port (which would be port 25) Figure: TFS 2010 does not allow to set a custom SMTP port. Solution #1: Change config file As answered here and here, you could add […]

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How to move a SQL Server Database from Enterprise to Standard Edition

February 18th, 2012 · No Comments · TFS Administration

Cross-posted from my other blog: The Problem You have a database (e.g. TFS collection database) in SQL Server Enterprise Edition. You want to backup and restore this database on a SQL Server Standard Edition. You get an error message on restore that some features are not supported. The Solution … [Read the full post]

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Restrict TFS to only allow connections from clients with VS SP1

September 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS 2010, TFS Administration

Scenario You are running TFS 2010 SP1 and want to make sure that all clients have (VS) SP1 (at minimum) applied. Luckily, you can configure which clients get rejected when trying to connect to your TFS. You can even provide the message that will be displayed to users whose clients get rejected:   Solution It’s […]

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How to restart TFS using the command line

August 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Team Foundation Server, TFS Administration

To recycle the TFS app pool, just run: %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd recycle apppool /apppool.name:"Microsoft Team Foundation Server Application Pool" Note: Requires admin priviledges (run as admin). This will also pick up new settings from the TFS registry. (Source: Grant Holliday and MSDN Library.)

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How can I temporarily suspend TFS event notification mails?

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · TFS Administration, TFS Project Portal and Team Communication, Work Item Customization

There is no built-in command to achieve this. Workaround You can turn off all e-mail alerts in the TFS Admin Console by unchecking the "Enable Email Alerts" checkbox. Alternatively you could also remove disable SMTP settings via command line: %ProgramFiles%\TFSConfig ConfigureMail  /Enabled:False|True (Special thanks to Jim Lamb, Microsoft, for making me aware of the command […]

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Clean old and unused workspaces and shelves from your TFS

March 3rd, 2011 · 6 Comments · Team Foundation Version Control, TFS Administration, Tools and Utilities

The command line utility “tfsclean.exe” helps  with two scenarios: You want to find and delete old worspaces and shelvesets (oder than XX days). You want to find and delete workspaces and shevlesets from a certain user (e.g. when the user left the company) Caution: There’s no way to recover a shelveset once it is deleted. […]

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How to ping TFS to see if it’s up and running

March 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments · TFS 2010, TFS Administration, Tools and Utilities

The command line: pingtfs.exe /server:http://myserver:8080/tfs (Note: pingtfs.exe will return an exit code of 0 if the ping succeeded, otherwise it will return an exit code other than zero.) Download the tool from here: PingTFS.exe (.ZIP, 7,45 KB)

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Force TFS to sync with Active Directory

February 17th, 2011 · 5 Comments · TFS 2010, TFS Administration, Tools and Utilities, Troubleshooting TFS

Changes you make to local or Active Directory groups do not get reflected in TFS immediately. Instead, TFS will synchronize those groups regularly (by default every hour). Known workarounds: You can re-add the security group in TFS, this will trigger a identity synchronization.  In TFS 2005/2008: you could restart IIS or the TFS App Pool […]

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