Saturday, November 8, 2008

Add users to Team Foundation Server

All Team Foundation Server editions require users to be members of a Team Foundation Server group at the project level or server level. The level and group depend on the functionality that you want to enable for the user. For example, if you want to have a user create a team project, the user must have the Create New Projects permission set to Allow, must be assigned to the role of Content Manager in SQL Server Reporting Services, and must be assigned to the role of Administrator for Windows SharePoint Services. However, the user does not have to be a member of the local administrator group on the computer. For more information about users and roles, see the topic “Team Foundation Server Permissions” in the Team Foundation Server Administrator’s Guide on MSDN Library.

To add users to Team Foundation Server:

  1. Log on as a Team Foundation Administrator, open Team Explorer, and connect to the Team Foundation Server for which you are adding a user.

  2. From the Team menu, click Team Foundation Server Settings, and then click Group Membership.

  3. In the Global Groups dialog box, click Team Foundation Licensed Users and then click Properties.

  4. In the Team Foundation Server Group properties dialog box, click Windows User or Group, and then click Add.

  5. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, type the user accounts you want to add, and then click Add.

  6. Click Close.

You cannot use the Global Security group dialog box to add users to this group.
You can add individual user accounts but not a group account.

In this way the user can only connect to the server but can't create or access projects. To complete the configuration, you can use the TFS Admin Tool. It allows a TFS administrator to quickly add users to all three platforms utilized by Team Foundation Server (Team Foundation Server, Sharepoint and SQL Reporting Services) all through one common interface. The tool also allows administrators to change the current permissions on any of the three tiers, identify any errors and view all of the users and their permission sets across Team Foundation Server, Sharepoint, and SQL Reporting Services.

The program is written in C# and is released via CodePlex.

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