Rebuild the client cache

Rebuild the client cache [witadmin]

You can force a rebuild of the cache on each client computer the next time it connects to a team project collection by using the witadmin rebuildcache command.

To prevent workspace errors from occurring during version control or build operations in Team Foundation, the data cache on client computers must be updated after certain maintenance operations. After you move, restore, rename, or fail over a data-tier or application-tier server, you must refresh the cache for tracking work items and users must refresh the version control cache on client computers.

Important note Important

To avoid server performance issues, you should not run this command during normal operating hours.

To run the witadmin command-line tool, open a Command Prompt window where either Visual Studio or Team Explorer is installed and enter:

cd %programfiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE

On a 32-bit edition of Windows, replace %programfiles(x86)% with %programfiles%.


  • To use the witadmin rebuildcache command, you must be a member of the Team Foundation Administrators security group or the Project Administrators security group for the project collection that you want to manage. Permission reference for Team Foundation Server.


Even if you log on with administrative permissions, you must open an elevated Command Prompt window to perform this function on a server that is running Windows Server 2008. To open an elevated Command Prompt window, choose Start, open the shortcut menu for Command Prompt, and choose Run as Administrator. For more information, see the Microsoft Web site.

witadmin rebuildcache /collection:CollectionURL [/noprompt]




Specifies the URI of the team project collection. The format for the URI is the following: http://ServerName:Port/VirtualDirectoryName/CollectionName

If a virtual directory is not used, then the format for the URI is the following:



Disables the prompt for confirmation.

/? or help

Displays help about the command in the Command Prompt window.

The witadmin rebuildcache command invalidates cached data on all clients for a specified team project collection. This causes the cache for each client to be refreshed the next time the client connects to the project collection.

The following command invalidates the metadata cache for all clients that connect to DefaultCollection that is defined on the server that is named AdventureWorksServer. The client caches are updated the next time they connect to the project collection.

witadmin rebuildcache /collection:http://AdventureWorksServer:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection
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