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Msiproperty.ini File Properties

Visual Studio 2008

You can customize your deployment of Visual Studio Team System Team Foundation Server by modifying up to three msiproperty.ini files before you install it. Each file contains properties for a component of Team Foundation and is located in one of the following directories:

Component

Directory

Team Foundation Server

Drive:\InstallFolder\AT

Team Foundation Server Proxy

Drive:\InstallFolder\Proxy

Team Foundation Build

Drive:\InstallFolder\BUILD

When you install Team Foundation Server, you specify most installation properties in the Setup program. You should modify an msiproperty.ini file only if you must change a property that you cannot change in the Setup program. If you must troubleshoot installation, you can open the installation log files and determine which values are assigned to properties in the msiproperty.ini files. By default, the log files are located in the following directory on the computer where you installed Team Foundation Server:

Drive:\Documents and Settings\SetupAccount\Local Settings\Temp \VSMsiLogxxxx.txt

If you installed Team Foundation Server from a Terminal Services session, the installation logs will be located in %temp% or %temp%\.

The msiproperty.ini files configure Team Foundation Server during installation. After you complete installation, you should use the administrative tools for Team Foundation to update the deployment. For more information about how and where Team Foundation Server stores configuration information, see Managing Configuration Settings for Team Foundation Server

For a description of each property that is defined in an msiproperty.ini file for Team Foundation Server, see one of the following sections:

Before you install Team Foundation Server, you can modify the properties in the following table to support a custom deployment scenario.

NoteNote:

To customize the port assignment for the SharePoint Central Administration site in the installation wizard for Team Foundation Server, you must select the Use a server already running Windows SharePoint Services check box. For more information about how you can customize your deployment of Team Foundation Server, see "How to: Customize Deployment of Team Foundation" in the Team Foundation Server Installation Guide. You can download the most recent version of this guide from the Microsoft Download Center

Property

Description

VSTF_AS_INSTANCE

The name of the database instance that hosts the TfsWarehouse database.

The format is ComputerName for the default instance and ComputerName\MyInstanceName for a named instance. ComputerName corresponds to the name of the server where SQL Server Analysis Services is installed.

To specify a named instance with no dependency on SQL Server Browser Service or to specify a fixed port, use the format ComputerName: PortNumber

VSTF_AS_ACCOUNT

The name of the service account that has access to the database for SQL Server Analysis Services.

VSTF_AS_DATABASE

The name of the database for SQL Server Analysis Services. The value assigned is TfsWarehouse.

VSTF_RS_REPORTS_URI

The URI of the reporting Web site for Team Foundation Server.

The default value is http://[ComputerName]/Reports/.

VSTF_RS_REPORTSERVER_URI

The URI of the ReportServer Web site for Team Foundation Server.

The default value is http://[ComputerName]/ReportServer/.

VSTF_RS_SERVER

The name of the server that hosts SQL Server Reporting Services for Team Foundation Server.

The default value is [ComputerName].

NoteNote:
When Reporting Services is hosted on the application-tier server, the value must be set to [ComputerName].

VSTF_WEBSITE_PORT

The number of the TCP port that the Web site for Team Foundation Server or Team Foundation Server Proxy uses.

The default value is 8080 for Team Foundation Server and 8081 for Team Foundation Server Proxy.

VSTF_WSS_ADMIN_PORT

The number of the TCP port that is assigned to SharePoint Central Administration.

The default value is 17012.

VSTF_WSS_SITE_PORT

The number of the TCP port that is assigned to SharePoint Products and Technologies.

The default value is 80.

VSTF_WSSSQL_PORT

The number of the TCP port that the Web site for SQL Server Reporting Services uses.

The default value is 80.

If you change the domain or the name of the service account for Team Foundation Server, TFSSERVICE, or for SQL Server Reporting Services, TFSREPORTS, you might need to update the corresponding property in the msiproperty.ini file. This change might be required for servicing operations, such as repairing Team Foundation Server and installing or uninstalling service packs, to succeed.

Property

Description

VSTF_AS_ACCOUNT

The name of the service account that has access to the database for Analysis Services.

VSTF_AS_DATABASE

The name of the database for Analysis Services. The value assigned is TfsWarehouse.

VSTF_DOMAIN

The name of the domain for the account under which the Team Foundation Server Service runs.

VSTF_RS_DOMAIN

The name of the domain where the service account for Reporting Services is defined.

VSTF_RS_USERID

The account under which the SQL Server Reporting Services (for example, TFSREPORTS). runs to gather reporting data about Team Foundation Server.

VSTF_USERID

The account under which the service account for Team Foundation Server runs (for example, TFSSERVICE).

The following sections define groups of properties that are related to each other. You should not modify these properties.

General Properties of the Application Tier

The following table describes properties that define the location and access of the application tier for Team Foundation Server. All of these properties are specified in the msiproperty.ini file for Team Foundation Server. Some properties are also specified in the msiproperty.ini files for Team Foundation Server Proxy and Team Foundation Build.

Important noteImportant Note:

Do not modify these properties in an Msiproperty.ini file. You should set these properties when you run the installation wizard for Team Foundation Server.

Property

Description

VSTF_APPLICATION_NAME

The name of the Team Foundation Server application.

The default value is VSTEAM.

VSTF_AT_MACHINE_NAME

The name of the application-tier server for Team Foundation.

The default value is [ComputerName].

VSTF_ATTACHMENT_SHARE_NAME

The name of the database that tracks attachments in work items for Team Foundation.

The default value is WorkItemAttachments.

VSTF_LOCAL_DOMAIN

The name of the domain for the local user account (VSTF_LOCAL_USERID).

VSTF_LOCAL_USERID

The name of the local user account under which the Team Foundation Server Service runs.

VSTF_NOTIFY_EMAIL

The name of the e-mail address from which Team Foundation Server notifications appear to come.

VSTF_PASSWORD

The password of the service account for Team Foundation Server.

VSTF_SERVICE_TYPE

A value that indicates the service account type, whether it is a domain account (0) or a built-in account (1).

VSTF_SMTP_SERVER

The name of the server from which e-mail notifications are sent.

VSTF_WEBSITE_ROOT_NAME

The name that is assigned to the root Web site for Team Foundation Server. This property is defined for Team Foundation Server and Team Foundation Server Proxy.

The default values are Team Foundation Server for Team Foundation Server and Team Foundation Server Proxy for Team Foundation Server Proxy.

VSTF_WEBSITE_SERVER

The name of the application-tier server for Team Foundation Server. This property is defined for Team Foundation Server and Team Foundation Server Proxy.

General Properties of the Data Tier

The following table describes properties that define the location and access of the data tier for Team Foundation.

Important noteImportant Note:

Do not modify these properties in an Msiproperty.ini file. You should set these properties in the installation wizard for Team Foundation Server.

Property

Description

VSTF_DB_SERVER

The name of the database instance that hosts the operational databases for Team Foundation. If you are connecting to a data-tier cluster, you must specify the name of the virtual-server cluster.

The default value is [ComputerName].

NoteNote:
For a single-server deployment, you must leave the value as [ComputerName].

VSTF_INSTANCE_NAME

The name of the instance that you specified when you installed Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

VSTF_SERVICES_CONNECTION_ STRING_DATASOURCE

The text string that the application tier uses to connect to the data tier. This string defines the connectionString attribute in the Services Web.config file.

VSTF_SERVICES_CONNECTION_STRING_DATASOURCE_HOSTNAME

The text string that specifies the name of the data-tier server.

Properties of SharePoint Products and Technologies

The following table lists the properties that define the location and access of the server that runs the version of SharePoint Products and Technologies that is used with Team Foundation Server. 

Important noteImportant Note:

Do not change the values of these properties.

Property

Description

VSTF_INSTALL_WSS

The setting that specifies whether to install Windows SharePoint Services.

The default value is 1 (Yes).

VSTF_WSS_ADMIN_HOST

The name of the server that hosts the SharePoint Central Administration site.

The default value is [ComputerName].

NoteNote:
When the SharePoint Central Administration site is hosted on the application-tier server, the value must be set to [ComputerName].

VSTF_WSS_ADMIN_SCHEME

The name of the protocol scheme set for the administration site for SharePoint Products and Technologies.

The default value is http.

VSTF_WSS_DOMAIN

The name of the domain for the account that is used to run SharePoint Products and Technologies.

VSTF_WSS_PASSWORD

The password of the service account for SharePoint Products and Technologies.

VSTF_WSS_SERVER

The name of the server that hosts SharePoint Products and Technologies. The default configuration is to install Windows SharePoint Services on the same computer as the application-tier server for Team Foundation.

The default value is [ComputerName].

NoteNote:
When Windows SharePoint Services is hosted on the application-tier server, the value must be set to [ComputerName].

VSTF_WSS_SITE

The URL of the default Web site for SharePoint Products and Technologies.

The default is http://[ComputerName].

VSTF_WSS_SITE_FOLDER

The name of the folder that is assigned to SharePoint Products and Technologies for Team Foundation Server.

The default value is sites.

VSTF_WSS_SITE_HOST

The name of the server that hosts SharePoint Products and Technologies for Team Foundation Server.

The default value is [ComputerName].

NoteNote:
When SharePoint Products and Technologies is hosted on the application-tier server, the value must be set to [ComputerName].

VSTF_WSS_SITE_PATH

The name of the path that is assigned to SharePoint Products and Technologies for Team Foundation Server.

The default value is sites.

VSTF_WSS_SITE_SCHEME

The name of the protocol scheme set for the team sites for SharePoint Products and Technologies.

The default value is http.

VSTF_WSS_SITENO

The number of SharePoint Products and Technologies Web sites at installation.

The default value is 1. This value reflects that one site, the default Web site, is provisioned.

VSTF_WSS_USERID

The name of the service account for SharePoint Products and Technologies (for example, TFSWSS).

Properties of SQL Server Reporting Services

The following table lists the properties that define access to SQL Server Reporting Services. 

Important noteImportant Note:

Do not change the values of these properties.

Property

Description

VSTF_REPORTINGUSER

The name of the data source account for SQL Server Reporting Services.

The value is derived from [VSTF_RS_DOMAIN]\[VSTF_RS_USERID].

VSTF_RS_PASSWORD

The password of the service account for Reporting Services.

VSTF_VDIR_REPORTSERVER

The virtual directory for the ReportServer Web site.

The default value is ReportServer_MyInstanceName.

Properties of Team Foundation Server Proxy

The following table describes properties that are specified only in the msiproperty.ini file for Team Foundation Server Proxy.

NoteNote:

For information about how to change configuration settings for Team Foundation Server Proxy, see How to: Enable Version Control Caching for Team Foundation Server Proxy and How to: Change Cache Settings for Team Foundation Server Proxy.

Property

Description

ATP_CACHE_DIR

The directory path of the file cache. This directory contains one folder for each application tier for which the proxy is configured.

The value specified defines the <CacheRoot> attribute in the configuration file for Team Foundation Server Proxy.

The default value is Drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server\Web Services\VersionControlProxy\Data.

ATP_CACHE_SIZE

A numeric value that represents the size limit of the cache, in megabytes. The value specified defines the <CacheLimit> attribute in the configuration file for Team Foundation Server Proxy. 

The default value is 200.

ATP_VROOT

The name of the virtual root directory defined for Team Foundation Server Proxy.

The default value is VersionControlProxy.

VSTF_ATP_MACHINE_NAME

The name of the server that hosts Team Foundation Server Proxy.

The default value is [ComputerName].

Properties that Define Names of Application Pools and Services

The following table describes those properties in the msiproperty.ini file that define the names of application pools and SQL Server services.

Important noteImportant Note:

Do not change the value of a property for a service name.

Property

Description

VSTF_APPPOOL_NAME

The name of the application pool for Team Foundation Server.

The default value is Microsoft Team Foundation Server Application Pool.

VSTF_PROXY_APPPOOL_NAME

The name of the application pool for Team Foundation Server Proxy.

The default value is Microsoft Team Foundation Server Proxy Application Pool.

VSTF_SERVICENAME_MSSQL

The name of the service for SQL Server.

The default value is MSSQL$MyInstanceName.

VSTF_SERVICENAME_SQLAGENT

The name of the service for SQL Server Agent.

The default value is SQLAGENT$MyInstanceName.

VSTF_SERVICENAME_SQLFTE

The name of the service for SQL Server FullText Search.

The default value is MSFTESQL$MyInstanceName.

VSTF_SERVICENAME_SQLOLAP

The name of the service for SQL Server Analysis Services.

The default value is MSOLAP$MyInstanceName.

Database Name Properties

The following table describes the properties that define the names of the Team Foundation databases.

Important noteImportant Note:

Do not change the value of a property for a database name.

Property

Description

TB_DB_NAME

The name of the database for Team Foundation Build.

The default value is TfsBuild.

CTDATABASE

The name of the database for tracking work items in Team Foundation.

The default value is TfsWorkItemTracking.

BISDBNAME

The name of the registration database for Team Foundation. The registration database contains information about projects, areas, iterations, permissions, group membership, and other registration data.

The default value is TfsIntegration.

BISDWDBNAME

The name of the database for Analysis Services, which contains the data for building the warehouse that Reporting Services uses.

The default value is TfsWarehouse.

H_DB_NAME

The name of the version-control database for Team Foundation. 

The default value is TfsVersionControl.

H_ADMIN_DB_NAME

The name of the history database that contains a log of all Web service requests for Team Foundation Server that occurred in the last seven days.

The default value is TfsActivityLogging.

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