Can TFS service account be non interactive?

by XDK 8. October 2015 19:34


Yes. The TFS service account can be non interactive. But the account which is used to install and configure should be interactive and should have the following permissions.

  • Local admin on the TFS Server
  • SysAdmin on SQL Server

The interactive admin account used to install and configure the TFS will grant the necessary permissions to the non interactive Service account


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Some of the reviewers don't have permssion to some of the files to review. Do you want to submit the code review anyway?

by XDK 6. May 2015 13:35



The above warning message is reproducible when the users have duplicate display names in Tfs_Configuration’s identity table.


Change the display name in TFS profile.

1. Navigate to Web Access and load a Team Project that has the Display Name you want to change.

2. Navigate to the Administration page by selecting Administer Settings option on the top right hand corner of the Web Access page.

3. Click on the drop down arrow next to your name

4. Select "USER PROFILE"

5. Click Edit to modify your Display Name.

6. Click "Save changes" button.

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Area or Iteration path created in the project is not reflected in the TFS cube/SSAS

by XDK 28. April 2015 18:11


TFS cube gets refreshed 2 hours once. You should have at least  one work item assigned to the specific area or iteration path to get reflected in the cube or available in the report.

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Frequently getting connection error message in the build notifications

by XDK 23. April 2015 09:42

Error Message:

"Connection to the Team Foundation server http://servername:8080/tfs/defaultcollection has been restored." 


  • Open build notifications options window
  • Deselect the build definitions that have been deleted
  • Close the options window
  • Open build notifications options window again
  • Make sure that the deselected build definitions are disappeared from the list of build definition in build notification tool.

Build notification tool does not remove the deleted build definition automatically.

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How to update TFS workspace after computer name changes?

by XDK 13. March 2015 12:17


You will not be able to work on your existing workspace, if your computer name is changed. You may get error messages while you try accessing the source repository.


1. Open Visual Studio command console and execute the below command

tf workspaces /updateComputerName:<OldComputerName> /s:<ServerName>

2. Install Team Foundation Sidekicks.

  • Open the workspace Sidekick
  • click Search
  • Select your workspace from the list.
  • Click the blue computer icon to Update Workspace Computer Name



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