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  • Hi, I've taken over administration of an existing TFS 2008 environment on Windows 2008 and have some questions.  The entire installation seems to be self contained on a single server and basic things such as version control are working fine.  I have basic questions about usability and features.

    1.  The setup seems to have installed both a sharepoint and "Team Foundation Server" web site.  Is the TFS web site the 'web access' site i've seen reference to or is this something else?  I've seen references to a team system web access site that is a separate install and I'm wondering if this has been installed or if the TFS site that exists is something else.

    2.  Is there any functionality in the web access that is different than team explorer or is it just another way to access the same info/tasks?

    3.  I am able to successfully hit the default sharepoint site that exists on the server, although it has nothing in it.  I was under the assumption that this would contain documents that have been uploaded etc, but since they are not there I'm unsure as to how this sharepoint site would fit into daily use.

    4.  When trying to hit the Team Foundation Server site I get a 403 error, so that's also why I'm wondering if this is something that's not supposed to be accessible and the separate 'web access' piece needs to be installed.

    Sorry for several questions at once, just trying to get an idea of how we can use this properly and maximize the features it offers.  Thanks!
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 1:37 PM

Answers

  • Sounds like you have inherited a single server TFS installation (all services installed on one box). Here's some details on the questions you had:
     
    1. The TFS setup installs a sharepoint template used to create "team project" sites. These Sharepoint sites serve as the team collaboration area, where you can share documents, view reports, share calendars etc. The Team System Web Access is a separate installation ontop of TFS and the Team Explorer used to get to the same TFS resources as the Team Explorer but with a web UI. See http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c568fba9-3a62-4781-83c6-fdfe79750207&displaylang=en for more details.

    2. No, more or less the same. The web access (aka TSWA) have some nice productivity features not currently available in the Team Explorer, like for instance bulk edit, work item state diagrams and the ability to send work items as email. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/tfs2008/bb980951.aspx for more info on what TSWA can do.

    3. See 1. And there should be one sharepoint site per team project (you can access them using the browser at http://<yourserver>/sites/<teamproject>). Is it one of the team sites that shows up empty. If so, have you tried access it outside the Windows 2008 box and get the same result?

    4. Some adresses are just for web services. Which adress gives 403?
    • Proposed as answer by Mathias Olausson Sunday, November 9, 2008 8:23 PM
    • Marked as answer by Bill.Wang Monday, November 10, 2008 7:26 AM
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 2:42 PM
  • Thanks for the info, the sharepoint stuff makes perfect sense.  It looks like the web access piece has never been installed, and I'm guessing the "Team Foundation Server" site I'm seeing in IIS is for web services as you said.  It sits on port 8080 and when I try to go to:

    http://localhost:8080

    I get the 403.  However I've seen references to TFS URLs that are on port 8080 and I can hit some of them, but they do not seem to be anything meant for an end user.  For example:

    http://localhost:8080/Warehouse/v1.0/warehousecontroller.asmx?op=ChangeSetting

    Does bring up a page with some SOAP examples.

    I just wanted to be sure I understood all the interfaces that were available to users/admins.  Looks like the 8080 site is not meant for general use and the separate web access tool is what is needed.

    Thank again for the info, has helped immensely!

    • Marked as answer by Bill.Wang Monday, November 10, 2008 7:26 AM
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 3:20 PM

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  • Sounds like you have inherited a single server TFS installation (all services installed on one box). Here's some details on the questions you had:
     
    1. The TFS setup installs a sharepoint template used to create "team project" sites. These Sharepoint sites serve as the team collaboration area, where you can share documents, view reports, share calendars etc. The Team System Web Access is a separate installation ontop of TFS and the Team Explorer used to get to the same TFS resources as the Team Explorer but with a web UI. See http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c568fba9-3a62-4781-83c6-fdfe79750207&displaylang=en for more details.

    2. No, more or less the same. The web access (aka TSWA) have some nice productivity features not currently available in the Team Explorer, like for instance bulk edit, work item state diagrams and the ability to send work items as email. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/tfs2008/bb980951.aspx for more info on what TSWA can do.

    3. See 1. And there should be one sharepoint site per team project (you can access them using the browser at http://<yourserver>/sites/<teamproject>). Is it one of the team sites that shows up empty. If so, have you tried access it outside the Windows 2008 box and get the same result?

    4. Some adresses are just for web services. Which adress gives 403?
    • Proposed as answer by Mathias Olausson Sunday, November 9, 2008 8:23 PM
    • Marked as answer by Bill.Wang Monday, November 10, 2008 7:26 AM
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 2:42 PM
  • Thanks for the info, the sharepoint stuff makes perfect sense.  It looks like the web access piece has never been installed, and I'm guessing the "Team Foundation Server" site I'm seeing in IIS is for web services as you said.  It sits on port 8080 and when I try to go to:

    http://localhost:8080

    I get the 403.  However I've seen references to TFS URLs that are on port 8080 and I can hit some of them, but they do not seem to be anything meant for an end user.  For example:

    http://localhost:8080/Warehouse/v1.0/warehousecontroller.asmx?op=ChangeSetting

    Does bring up a page with some SOAP examples.

    I just wanted to be sure I understood all the interfaces that were available to users/admins.  Looks like the 8080 site is not meant for general use and the separate web access tool is what is needed.

    Thank again for the info, has helped immensely!

    • Marked as answer by Bill.Wang Monday, November 10, 2008 7:26 AM
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 3:20 PM
  • Glad you found the references helpful.

    Also, since you're now a TFS admin, I'd recommend you run the Team Foundation Server Best Practices Analyzer from the Team Foundation Server (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=FBD14EEA-781F-45A1-8C46-9F6BA2F68BF0&displaylang=en) to make sure the configuration is in good shape.
    Sunday, November 9, 2008 8:23 PM