Configure your server using the Team Foundation Administration Console

You can perform many of the configuration and maintenance tasks for your deployment of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) by using the administration console for Team Foundation.

The administration console is installed by default on any server on which you install one or more of the following components:

  • an application tier for TFS

  • TFS extensions for SharePoint Products

  • Team Foundation Build

  • Visual Studio Lab Management

If all of your components are installed on a single server, the administration console provides management nodes for all components in your deployment. If, however, your deployment uses multiple servers, you must open the console on the server that is running the component that you want to manage.

Even though you can manage many aspects of TFS from the command-line, the administration console is usually the best way to manage aspects of TFS. For example, the administration console can help you:

A: You need to be a local administrator on the server where the console is running, and an administrator in TFS. If you don't have those permissions, here's how to get them.

A: You can only open the console on a server that is running one or more components of Team Foundation. There are two ways to open the console: from the application menu (Start) and from the command line.

  • To open the console from Start, open the application menu, choose Microsoft Team Foundation Server, and then choose Team Foundation Server Administration Console.

    Note Note

    If Team Foundation Server Administration Console does not appear in the list of available applications, you might not have permission to open it. You can try to open it at a command prompt, but you might not be able to access some or all of the administration console's functionality.

  • To open the console from the command line, open a Command Prompt window running as an administrator, change directories to the tools directory for Team Foundation Server (by default, Drive:\%programfiles%\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 12.0\Tools), and enter TfsMgmt.exe .

A: On some servers, you might have to wait briefly for all the information to populate throughout the nodes of the console. This is more common on servers with minimal resources or in a multi-server deployment.

A: The functionality of the administration console depends on the permissions of the user who opens it. The console can be opened by anyone who has a valid user account on the server or servers on which the console is installed. However, that does not mean that you will be able to use it to perform functions for which you don't have the required permissions. If you open the console but your account doesn't have the required permissions, the operation will fail.

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