January 2013 - Posts - TFS & Visual Studio ALM - by Neno Loje

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January 2013 - Posts

How to configure SMTP Settings for Team Foundation Server

There are three places where you might want to configure SMTP settings:

  1. On TFS itself via » TFS Admin Console » Email Alert Settings:
  2. SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) via » Reporting Services Configuration Manager: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms345234.aspx
  3. SharePoint (SP) via » Central Admin » System Settings » Outgoing e-mail settings:

Here are some screenshots:

TFS Admin Console:
Configure SMTP Settings in TFS Admin Console

Reporting Services Configuration Manager:
Configure SMTP Settings in SQL Server Reporting Services Configuration Tool

SharePoint Central Administration:Configure SMTP Settings in SharePoint Central Administration

How to find the product key for Team Foundation Server 2012

As a MSDN subscriber, the product key for Team Foundation Server 2012 does appears under the “Visual Studio 2012” section of “My Product Keys”:

The product key for TFS 2012 is available on MSDN.

See also: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc668758(v=vs.110).aspx

How to enable the backlog view in TFS 2012 Web Access

Q: Why is the backlog view missing in TFS 2012 Web Access?

Where's the backlog tab gone?

A: In TFS 2012, web access permissions control what Web Access features are available to users. By default users get “Standard” permissions.

Here’s how to fix it: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/06/04/enabling-feedback-requests-the-backlog-and-sprint-planning-in-team-foundation-server-2012.aspx

Web Access Permissions control what features from Web Access are available to users.

Note: Make sure that all users with “Full” permission have either Visual Studio Premium, Ultimate or Test Professional (more info can be found here).

Where to get Team Explorer from

It can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center:


  • The “Installer” versions download necessary update files from the internet.
  • (*) = Install the GDR updates if you want to use TFS 2012 or TF Service.
Question: Can I use SQL Server 2012 with TFS 2010

Answer: It’s not supported, and thus not recommended.

If you want to use SQL Server 2012 consider upgrading to TFS 2012, which fully supports it.