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Connecting to a Server That Is Running SharePoint Products and Technologies

Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Products and Technologies are integrated in the logical application tier of a deployment of Team Foundation Server, although they might be installed on separate physical servers. How you connect to a portal server depends on your server role and whether you want to configure general administrative settings or a specific project Web site.

Team Foundation Server integration with SharePoint Products and Technologies includes both an administrative site for controlling basic settings for all Team Foundation Server sites on the project server, as well as a team project Web site for every project on the server that is running Team Foundation Server. Project servers include process guidance, project documents, templates, and work item tracking capabilities that can be shared with team members as needed and according to each team member's role in the project.

Administrative Site for a Team Foundation Server

You can perform several tasks that affect the overall connectivity and performance of a server that is running Windows SharePoint Services from the default or top-level Web site, also known as the administrative site. Important administrative tasks include adding users and groups and setting permissions, as well as enabling or disabling Web document discussions or alerts. You can connect to the administrative site by opening a Web browser and typing the server name of the application-tier server in the address bar.

Project Sites

Whenever you create a project in Team Foundation Server, a project Web site is also created. The site for your team project provides a central location for storing documents, posting announcements, listing build information, and reporting on your team project status. You can grant users permissions to read the project Web site, contribute to the project Web site, or administer the project Web site, as needed.

To administer Windows SharePoint Services itself, you must add an administrative group to central administration or farm administration, depending on your version of SharePoint Products and Technologies. Windows SharePoint Services has a separate central administration tool installed when you install Windows SharePoint Services, called SharePoint Central Administration. You can access this tool on the Team Foundation application tier through the Start menu.

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