Stop and start services, application pools, and websites

Last Update: 12/24/2016

TFS 2015 | TFS 2013

For Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) to operate correctly, all required services, application pools, and Web sites must be running on the appropriate server. In single-server deployments, each component must run on the server that runs TFS. In multiple-server deployments, each component must run on the appropriate server. In addition, you might need to stop an element to perform a particular task, such as moving your deployment to a different set of hardware.

For operations such as backing up or restoring databases, you can run the TFSServiceControl Command to start or stop all TFS services and application pools.

To stop or start a service, application pool, or Web site

  1. If you’re not a member of the Administrators group on the server that hosts the service, application pool, or Web site that you want to manage, get added now. See Set administrator permissions for Team Foundation Server.

  2. Log on to the server that hosts the service, application pool, or Web site.

  3. Open Computer Management.

  4. In the navigation pane, expand Services and Applications.

  5. Perform one of the following steps based on what element you want to stop or start:

    • For a service, open the navigation menu for the service, and then choose Stop or Start.

    • For an application pool, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, expand the local computer and open Application Pools. Open the navigation menu and choose Stop or Start.

    • For a Web site, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, expand the local computer, and open Web Sites or Sites. Open the navigation menu and then choose Stop or Start.

Location of services, application pools, and web sites

The following table lists the server on which each service, application pool, and web site must be running. The Name column lists the display name for each element with service names in parentheses. Which services you need will vary based on which features of Team Foundation you have installed.

Element Location Name
Services Application-tier server Code Coverage Analysis Service
Internet Information Services Administration Service (IISADMIN)
HTTP SSL (HTTPFilter)
Visual Studio Team Foundation Build (VSTFBUILD) (only when Team Foundation Build is installed)
Visual Studio Team Foundation Background Job Agent (TFSJobAgent)
World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3SVC)
. Server that hosts the databases for Team Foundation SQL Server (TFSINSTANCE)
SQL Server Agent (TFSINSTANCE) (SQLSERVERAGENT)
. Server that hosts SQL Server Reporting Services IIS Admin Service (IISADMIN)
HTTP SSL (HTTPFilter)
SQL Server Reporting Services (TFSINSTANCE) (ReportServer)
World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3SVC)
. Server that hosts SQL Server Analysis Services SQL Server Analysis Services
. Server that hosts SharePoint Products Internet Information Services Administration (IISADMIN)
HTTP SSL (HTTPFilter)
Windows SharePoint Services Timer (SPTimer)
World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3SVC)
Application pools Application-tier server Microsoft Team Foundation Server Application Pool
Microsoft Team Foundation Server Proxy Application Pool (only when Team Foundation Server Proxy is installed)
. Server that hosts SharePoint Products DefaultAppPool (used by the Team Project portal)
Note: The name might vary based on how SharePoint Products was installed.
SharePoint Central Administration v3
Web sites Application-tier server Team Foundation Server
Team Foundation Server Proxy (only if Team Foundation Server Proxy is installed)
. Server that hosts SharePoint Products Default Web Site or Team Web site
Note: The name might vary based on how SharePoint Products was installed.
SharePoint Central Administration v3

Q & A

Q: Which service account supports each service?

A: See Service accounts and dependencies in Team Foundation Server.

Q: Are there additional services that TFS supports?

A: Yes, TFS includes a set of Web services and application-level services See Team Foundation Server architecture.

Q: What services depend on service accounts?

A: See Service accounts and dependencies in Team Foundation Server.

Q: How do I change the TFS service account or password?

A: See Change the service account or password for Team Foundation Server.

Q: How do I change the service account or password for SQL Server Reporting Service?

A: See Change the service account or password for SQL Server Reporting Services.