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How to: Connect to Team Foundation Server

All team projects are stored and managed on a Team Foundation Server. To start working on a team project, you must first connect to the appropriate Team Foundation Server. Contact your Team Foundation Server administrator or your team project administrator to make sure that your user account has required permissions described below.


If you installed Development Edition, Architecture Edition, or Test Edition, you must also install Team Explorer before you can connect to Team Foundation Server. For more information, see the Team Foundation Installation Guide.

Required Permissions

To connect to a Team Foundation Server you must be a member of the Team Foundation Valid Users security group. If the necessary security permissions are set explicitly, you must have the View server-level information permission set to Allow.

For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

To connect to a Team Foundation Server

  1. On the Tools menu, click Connect to Team Foundation Server.

  2. In the Connect to Team Foundation Server dialog box, select a Team Foundation Server from the drop-down list.


    If the drop-down list is empty, click the Servers button to manually enter the Team Foundation settings. Contact your Team Foundation Server administrator or team project administrator for the correct Team Foundation Server connection settings.

  3. Under Team projects, select one or more team projects from the list. Team projects with a check mark next to them will display in Team Explorer.

  4. Click OK.

    Team Explorer displays the team projects under the selected Team Foundation Server.

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