Team Foundation Service Preview – Add Team Members to Your Project

Team Foundation Service Preview – Add Team Members to Your Project

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UPDATE June 11, 2012 - This blog post series has been updated by our new beginner's guide hosted here.


This blog post is part of the Beginner’s Guide series with the goal to get you productive fast.

In this post, we will show you how to add members to your project, so you and your friends can collaborate in the cloud.

Select the team project, and click Home.


Click Manage members…
Click Add, and then select Add user.
Type the Windows Live ID of the person you want to add.
Click Save Changes and your friend is now a member of your team.
Send Email.

We don’t send email to your friend automatically just yet. So send him or her an email with your link, and they’ll be ready to go.


Congratulations! You’ve learned to share. Your mother would be proud.

What’s next? Now you can:

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  • How will my developers know that they need to login to TFS if they aren't notified before ever logging in that they've been added to a project?

    Can't you make some option dialog that lets me actually notify my users that "hey we've got this nifty thing called've been added...Login here"?

  • Sending out an email notification when you add a new team member is on our backlog if items we want to add to the service. The invite email would have a "login here" link.

  • I added members to the Project, but they can not see the source code. Is this feature working on tfspreview?

  • There is currently an issue with the TFS Preview that causes this behavior. There is an easy workaround.

    From your team home page, click on the "gear" icon in the upper right. (The one next to your name). -- This will display the Admin screen for your team project.

    Under the list of "teams" on the right, you will see most likley one team (Called "My Team" or "<Project Name> Team". Click on that. -- This will display the admin screen for the team.

    Click on the security tab - This will display the members and permissions for your team.

    Click on the "member of" tab in the right hand pane - This will display the groups your team is a member of.

    It will most likely list a single group, called "Valid users"

    Click "Join Group" - This will display a dialog.

    Click the drop-down on the identities field, and select the "[My Project]\Contributors" group.

    Click save changes.

    DONE! - What you've done is made the group that holds the members of your team a member of the Contributors group, so that all team members now have the rights defined in the Contributors group. This will give them standard access to source and builds.

    In a future build, this will be done automatically for you. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Thanks, it works now. If you had Build Service available on this tfspreview, you can make all my dreams come true.  

  • Are you all planning on integrating this with a company's domain as you can with Office365?

  • Yes, integrating with a company's domain (like you can with Office365) is on our roadmap for this service. (Intentionally being vague, as I can't talk time frames :-)

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