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Work in Team Web Access

Planning and tracking the progress of your software development project is simple when you use Team Web Access (TWA). To get started, launch TWA from a connected project in Visual Studio or from a supported web browser using the following URL:

http:// ServerName:8080/tfs/CollectionName/ProjectName

TWA connects you to the team project defined for a team project collection on Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) or Visual Studio Online. You can manage source code, work items, builds, and test efforts. If you need to create a team project, go here.

Portfolio backlog with features and backlog items

The hubs (such as Home, Code, Work, and Build), the tabs (such as Backlogs and Queries), and the links that appear depend on: (1) the access level group to which you belong, (2) whether the feature has been configured for your team project after an upgrade, or (3) whether a resource has been configured for your on-premises deployment or team project.

Here’s what you can do, based on the hub you select, the access level you have, and the options configured for your deployment.

Notes:

  1. For on-premises deployments, you’ll need to have Full access to TWA features.

  2. For on-premises deployments, your team project must be configured with a SharePoint site for these links to appear. These links don’t appear for projects hosted on Visual Studio Online.

  3. For on-premises deployments, your team project must be configured with SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services for these links to appear. These links don’t appear for projects hosted on Visual Studio Online.

If your team project is missing one or more links, you may be able to add functionality to your on premises TFS deployment.

To manage permissions and configure specific features, you use the TWA administration context. Choose the Settings Icon (Team Web Access) gear Settings icon to access the administration context, or enter the following URL in the web browser:

http:// ServerName:8080/tfs/CollectionName/ProjectName/_admin

The features and permissions you can configure depend on your TFS group membership and the server-project collection-team project-team context you’re in. For example, the following illustration shows the team project context. Choosing DefaultCollection takes you to the team project collection level, and choosing Control panel takes you to the server level.

Administration context for Team Web Access

The following table describes the areas you can configure based on the context level and permission group you belong to.

Context

TFS group membership

Areas

Control panel (Server)

Team Foundation Administrators

Configure the following areas for the server:

Team project collection

Project Collection Administrators

Configure the following areas for a team project collection:

Team project

Project Administrators

Configure the following areas for the team project team:

Team

Team Administrators

Configure the following areas for the selected team:

A: Go here for the supported browsers.

A: Here’s a list of the most frequently encountered connection problems and what to do about them. Start at the top and follow it in the order indicated.

  1. Verify that you have required permissions.

    If the errors that you receive indicate read-only or blocked actions, you might not have permission to act on the data.

  2. Verify that your computer is connected to the network and can access network resources.

  3. Verify that TFS hasn’t been taken offline. Talk with your TFS administrator.

  4. Verify whether your team project has been moved to another team project collection in Team Foundation Server. If it has been moved, you must create a connection to the new server name.

For more troubleshooting tips, go here.

A: No. TWA is automatically installed and configured when you install or upgrade TFS. Version compatibility is not an issue because all instances of TFS are accessed by TWA services that are hosted on that server. To learn about new features that have been added since the previous version, go here.

A: From TWA, choose the Settings Icon (Team Web Access) gear Settings icon.

Choose the gear icon to open administration

A: If data doesn’t appear as expected, the first thing to try is to refresh your client. Refreshing your client updates the local cache with changes that were made in another client or in TFS. To refresh the page or object you’re currently viewing, choose either the Refresh or Refresh Refresh icons.

A: When you add shared queries, build definitions, and source code folders to Team Favorites, you add a corresponding tile to the home page.

A: From the Home page you can manage your team members. To learn more about configuring, customizing, and sharing team resources, see Collaborate using team resources.

A: You can customize some aspects through TWA and others by changing the process configuration. See Customize the agile experience for a team project.

A: Team Explorer, which is included with Visual Studio or can be downloaded separately, connects you to TFS. Also, you can use Excel, Project, and Project Professional to manage work items. For a complete overview of all clients, see Choose the Team Foundation client to support your tasks.

A: Members of an organization that have TFS deployed but do not have a client access license (CAL) can access TWA using Work Item Only View (WIOV).

To learn more about CALs, see Visual Studio and MSDN Licensing.

A: The work item types available to you are based on the process template that was used to create your team project. For TFS on-premises deployments, you can add work item types or modify existing types.

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