Rob Caron

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Single-Server Deployment and User Accounts

Single-Server Deployment and User Accounts

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I'm working on a new readme item that revealed an error in the current release (v51020) of the Team Foundation Installation Guide.

In the User Accounts Required for Team Foundation Server Setup, there is text that incorrectly reads:

In a single-server deployment, you have the option of using Active Directory domain user accounts or local user accounts.

In the very next paragraph there is contradictory (but correct) text that reads:

Single-Server Deployment

To set up and configure Team Foundation Server using a single-server deployment on a computer joined to an Active Directory domain, you will need three Active Directory domain user accounts as outlined in the table below. To set up and configure Team Foundation Server using a single-server deployment on a computer that is a member of a workgroup, you can use local user accounts.

In a single-server deployment, you don't have the option of using Active Directory domain user accounts or local user accounts. You should use domain user accounts. If you try to use local users accounts on a computer that is joined to a domain, Team Foundation Server setup will probably fail with an error 28100, Error loading Event web service.

Update [11/5] - Actually, you can use a local user account to run setup when the computer is joined to a domain, but I can't imagine why you'd bother.

  • But it's only if the single-server in which you are installing TFS is joined to a domain ,isn't it??

    I installed TFS Beta 3 (not refresh) on single-server not joined to domain, and I used local user accounts and for the moment (just testing it) is working ok.
  • Correct. If your computer is not joined to a domain, it is running as part of a workgroup. When installing Team Foundation Server in this environment, using local accounts is the appropriate choice.
  • I found that the user accounts need to be named exactly as the instructions specify (including case) or the team foundation server installation will fail. My installation was failing until I renamed the user accounts to be all upper case, and the installation finally succeeded.
  • Aaron - setup does not require those exact user accounts to install Team Foundation Server. You must've done something else that got you un-stuck.
  • Hey, I struggled with the message " error 28100, Error loading Event web service" during installation of tfs, but found out via eventlog and googling on stacktraces that giving the aspnet user write access to %windir%\temp directory made it work. At least it did install and i can now connect from my vs2005.
    regards
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