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Connecting to a Server That Is Running SharePoint Products

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Products can be integrated in the logical application tier of a deployment of Team Foundation Server, although they might be installed on separate physical servers. How you connect to a server that is running SharePoint Products depends on your server role and whether you want to configure general administrative settings or a specific project Web site.

Team Foundation Server integration with SharePoint Products includes both an administrative site for controlling basic settings for all Team Foundation Server sites on the project server, as well as a team project Web site for every project on the server that is running Team Foundation Server. Project servers include process guidance, project documents, templates, and work item tracking capabilities that can be shared with team members as needed and according to each team member's role in the project.

Top-Level Sites

You can perform several tasks that affect the overall connectivity and performance of a server that is running SharePoint Products from the default or top-level Web site. Important administrative tasks include adding users and groups and setting permissions, in addition to enabling or disabling Web document discussions or alerts. You can connect to the administrative site by opening a Web browser and, in the address bar, typing the name of the server that is hosting the SharePoint Web application. You can view a list of SharePoint Web applications that Team Foundation Server uses by opening administration console for Team Foundation. For more information, see Open the Team Foundation Administration Console.

Project Sites

If you have a SharePoint Web application configured to support a team project collection, whenever you create a team project in that collection, you can create a Web site for that project, called a team project portal. The site for your team project provides a central location for storing documents, posting announcements, listing build information, and reporting on your team project status. You can grant users permissions to read the team project portal, contribute to the portal, or administer the portal, as needed. You can access team project portal from Team Explorer by right-clicking the project and clicking Show Project Portal.

To administer Windows SharePoint Services itself, you must add an administrative group to central administration or farm administration, depending on your version of SharePoint Products. SharePoint Products has a separate central administration tool installed when you install it, called SharePoint Central Administration. You can access this tool through the Start menu on the server that is hosting the SharePoint Web application. You can view a list of SharePoint Web applications that Team Foundation Server uses by opening the administration console for Team Foundation. For more information, see Open the Team Foundation Administration Console.

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