Team Foundation Server Administration


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Team Foundation Server Administration

Part I: TFS Installation & Configuration and TFS Administration Console

About the Book

Team Foundation Server (TFS) is one of the widely used ALM suites from Microsoft. TFS suite includes different components to address the ALM features like Application tier, data store, build services, and so on. TFS Administration requires knowledge in all these components and how it can be configured and integrated together. Administration topics are divided into four small books. This will be the first book in this series.

Part I: TFS Installation & Configuration and TFS Administration Console

Chapter 1: Introduction, discusses about the TFS architecture and how the various components are bound together.

Chapter 2: TFS Installation and Configuration, discusses step by step installation and configuration of TFS server.

Chapter 3: TFS Admin Console explains the TFS Admin Console component and its features like project collection management, database management, build components, and integrations.

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Part II: Build Administration

Chapter 4: Build Administration, provides the end to end build administration. This chapter covers XAML based build setup for TFS 2013 and older versions and new web based build setup for TFS 2015. This chapter also covers major build automation scenarios.

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Part III: Access Management and Security

Chapter 5: Access Management, explains more about the end to end access management starting from TFS server level till the work item field level. This chapter provides details on how to control the permissions at each component level.

Part IV: Warehouse services & Reporting and Command line tools

Chapter 6: Warehouse Services & Reporting, discusses about different warehouse services and the reporting.

Chapter 7: TFS Command line Tools, explains different command line tools used by administrators along with the scenarios.

Appendix: Discuss miscellaneous items like configuration of external integrations, common challenges and solutions, and so on.

Topics are explained using appropriate scenarios and screen shots.

About the Author

Ambily K K
Ambily K K

Ambily working as a Solution Architect in an MNC in India, she provides Microsoft Technology consultation. She is also an author for, and, and carries a passion for Microsoft technologies. Technology adoption and learning is her key strength and sharing technology is her passion. Her blog is at

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction 
    1. Team Foundation Server Overview 
      1. TFS Terminologies & Key Elements 
    2. Components of Team Foundation Server 
      1. Logical Components 
      2. Deployment Architecture 
      3. TFS Project Structure 
      4. TFS Clients 
    3. Summary 
  2. TFS Installation and Configuration 
    1. TFS Installation 
    2. TFS 2015 Configuration Steps 
    3. Summary 
  3. TFS Admin Console 
    1. Application Tier 
      1. Team Project Collection 
      2. Reporting 
      3. Lab Management 
    2. Scheduled Backups 
      1. Backup 
      2. Restore 
    3. Proxy Server 
    4. Logs 
    5. Summary 
  4. Appendix 
    1. Scenario 1: Impact of TFS Database Updates 
    2. Scenario 2: TFS 2012 Reporting Issue

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