How to: Configure Team Foundation Server Using the Application-Tier Only Configuration
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How to: Configure Team Foundation Server Using the Application-Tier Only Configuration

You can use the procedures in this topic to configure Visual Studio Team Foundation Server to use an additional application-tier server. To complete these procedures, you must already have installed Team Foundation Server using a domain account for the service account (TFSSERVICE). If you originally used a built-in account for TFSSERVICE, you must change to a domain account. For more information, see the section "Assigning a Different Account as the Service Account" on this page on the Microsoft Web site: Change the Service Account or Password for Team Foundation Server.


You can skip the first procedure if you opened the Team Foundation Server Configuration tool by selecting the check box at the end of the Team Foundation Server installation.

Required Permissions

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators security group on the server.

To open the Team Foundation Server Configuration tool from the Start menu

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010, and then click Team Foundation Server Configuration Tool.

    The Team Foundation Administration Console appears.

  2. Click Team Foundation Server, and then click Configure Installed Features.

    The Team Foundation Server Configuration tool appears.

To configure Team Foundation Server by using the application-tier only option

  1. Click Application-Tier Only Configuration, and then click Start Wizard.

    The Team Foundation Server Application-Tier Only wizard appears.

  2. Read the Welcome screen, and then click Next.

  3. In SQL Server Instance, type the instance of SQL Server that hosts the configuration database for the installation of Team Foundation Server for which you want to add an application-tier server, and then click List Available Databases

    The wizard lists all the databases on that instance of SQL Server.

  4. Click a database, and then click Next.

    The wizard displays the application-tier settings for this server.

  5. In the list, click the account you want to use. Type the password for the service account. To test the user account and password combination, you can optionally click Test.


    Make sure that the service account you specify has been added to the Farm Administrators group for the SharePoint Central Administration site. For more information, see How to: Add the Service Account for Team Foundation Server to the Farm Administrators Group.

  6. Under Authentication Method, click NTLM to use NTLM authentication or Negotiate (Kerberos) to first attempt Kerberos authentication, the more secure option, and if that fails, fall back to NTLM. Click Next.

    NTLM is the default value.

  7. On the Review page, review the settings, and then click Next.

    The wizard validates your configuration.

  8. Click Configure.

    The wizard applies configuration settings.

  9. Click Next.

  10. Click Close.

  11. Click Close.

    The Team Foundation Administration Console appears.

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