Work in the TFS web portal
Updated: July 15, 2016
Planning and tracking the progress of your software development project is simple when you use Team Foundation Server’s (TFS) web portal. To get started, open the web portal from a connected project in Visual Studio or from a supported web browser using the following URL:
The web portal connects you to the team project defined for a team project collection on TFS or Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). You can manage source code, work items, builds, and test efforts. If you need to create a team project, go here.
The hubs (such as Home, Code, Work, and Build), the tabs (such as Backlogs and Queries), and the links that appear depend on: (1) the access level group to which you belong, (2) whether the feature has been configured for your team project after an upgrade, or (3) whether a resource has been configured for your on-premises deployment or team project.
Here’s what you can do, based on the hub you select, the access level you have, and the options configured for your deployment.
From the main page:
From the Activities list:
From the Members and Administration list:
Team Foundation version control:
For on-premises deployments, you’ll need to have Advanced access to premium features.
For on-premises deployments, your team project must be configured with a SharePoint site for these links to appear. These links don’t appear for projects hosted on VSTS.
For on-premises deployments, your team project must be configured with SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services for these links to appear. These links don’t appear for projects hosted on VSTS.
If your team project is missing one or more links, you may be able to add functionality to your on premises TFS deployment.
To manage permissions and configure specific features, you use the web portal administration context. Choose the gear Settings icon to access the administration context
Or, enter the following URL in the web browser:
The features and permissions you can configure depend on your TFS group membership and the server-project collection-team project-team context you’re in. For example, the following illustration shows the team project context. Choosing DefaultCollection takes you to the team project collection level, and choosing Control panel takes you to the server level.
The following table describes the areas you can configure based on the context level and permission group you belong to.
TFS group membership
Control panel (Server)
Configure the following areas for the server:
Team project collection
Configure the following areas for a team project collection:
Configure the following areas for the team project team:
Configure the following areas for the selected team:
A: Although you can access source code, work items, and builds from both clients, some task-specific tools are only supported in one client and not the other.
To learn more, see Choose the client to support your tasks.
A: Here’s a list of the most frequently encountered connection problems and what to do about them. Start at the top and follow it in the order indicated.
Verify that you have required permissions.
If the errors that you receive indicate read-only or blocked actions, you might not have permission to act on the data.
Verify that your computer is connected to the network and can access network resources.
Verify that TFS hasn’t been taken offline. Talk with your TFS administrator.
Verify whether your team project has been moved to another team project collection in Team Foundation Server. If it has been moved, you must create a connection to the new server name.
For more troubleshooting tips, go here.
A: No. The web portal is automatically installed and configured when you install or upgrade TFS. Version compatibility is not an issue because all instances of TFS are accessed by the web services that are hosted on that server. To learn about new features that have been added since the previous version, go here.
A: From the web portal, choose the gear Settings icon.
A: If data doesn’t appear as expected, the first thing to try is to refresh your web browser. Refreshing your client updates the local cache with changes that were made in another client or in TFS. To refresh the page or object you’re currently viewing, choose either the or Refresh icons.
A: See Collaborate using team resources.
A: You can customize some aspects through the web portal and others by changing the process configuration. See Customize the agile experience for a team project.
A: Team Explorer, which is included with Visual Studio or can be downloaded separately, connects you to TFS. Also, you can use Excel, Project, and Project Professional to manage work items. For a complete overview of all clients, see Choose the Team Foundation client to support your tasks.
A: Yes. Members of an organization that use TFS but do not have a client access license (CAL) can Work as a Stakeholder.