w3wp.exe process is missing after TFS app tier reboot

by XDK 23. December 2013 11:12

Explanation:

w3wp.exe an Internet Information Services (IIS) worker process is a windows process which runs Web applications, and is responsible for handling requests sent to a Web Server for a specific application pool. W3wp.exe process will not be started automatically after App tier reboot or IIS restart or application pool restart. w3wp.exe will be launched once the first request is made to the TFS Application.

Solution:

1. Try accessing TFS application once http://tfs:8080/tfs. See whether the w3wp.exe is available in "Windows Task Manager" --> "Processes Tab"

2. You can configure Worker process started automatically by adding startMode attribute to TFS application pool to AlwaysRunning in your applicationHost.config

<applicationPools>

   <add name="Default App Pool" startMode="AlwaysRunning" />

</applicationPools>

Solution 2 will work for IIS 7.5 or newer

Tags:

Azure DevOps on-premises | TFS 2010 | TFS 2012 | TFS 2013

Host Dormancy Concept in TFS

by XDK 21. December 2013 13:44

Explanation:

Host Dormancy is a feature built-in to the 'kernel' of TFS that will pause jobs from running if a collection hasn't been accessed in a period of time. If a collection isn't being accessed, that means that the data isn't changing, so there's no need to run some jobs. This is key functionality that allows the Team Foundation Service to scale to thousands of collections.

Tags:

Azure DevOps on-premises

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My name is Xavier Dilip Kumar Jayaraj having 13+ years of IT experience which includes solid experience and depth Knowledge in Application Life Cycle Management, Configuration Management, Implementation and Support using TFS on-premises and Azure DevOps. I have invested in gaining DevOps knowledege to expertise with Cloud Computing providers namely Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services in recent years. I am very positive to learn and adapt emerging technologies to client’s environment.

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