Define the initial configuration of Lab Management

Last Update: 3/14/2017

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This topic applies to team project customization for Hosted XML and On-premises XML process models. For the Inheritance process model, see Customize a process.

For an overview of process models, see Customize your work tracking experience.

You can customize a team project's initial security configuration for activities that are performed by using Visual Studio Lab Management. The lab.xml plug-in file specifies the security permissions for lab management activities of all team projects that are created with the same process template. It also specifies the task to upload the default template file for Lab Management, which is named LabDefaultTemplate.xaml. This file is uploaded to the database for the team project.

The names of the file, the folder, and the plug-in for the default process templates are as follows:

File name: Lab.xml
Folder name: Lab
Plug-in name: Microsoft.ProjectCreationWizard.Lab


You can change the name of the XML file and the folder name but not the name of the plug-in. The system doesn't include a mechanism for the deployment of client-side plug-ins, policies, or other modifications. If you want to deploy this kind of functionality, you must use your own distribution and installation program.

In the Lab.xml file, you specify one or more tasks and their dependencies. The plug-in file specifies one task, which uploads the lab management file, and the permissions that are assigned to specific default groups for Team Foundation. To customize the initial security configuration for Lab Management, see Control access to functional areas. For more information about the task, taskXml, and dependency elements, see Define the tasks to process a plug-in and Define dependencies for task groups and tasks.

The following code represents the default lab.xml file that is defined for the default process templates:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>  
  <task id="LabTask" name="Create Lab area" plugin="Microsoft.ProjectCreationWizard.Lab" completionMessage="Lab Task completed.">  
    <dependencies />  
      <ProcessTemplate Type="Custom" Filename="Lab\Templates\LabDefaultTemplate.xaml" Description="This is the default Lab process template for this Team Project." ServerPath="$/$$PROJECTNAME$$/BuildProcessTemplates" />  
      <permission allow="Read, Create, Write, Edit, Delete, ManagePermissions, ManageChildPermissions, Start, Stop, ManageSnapshots, Pause, ManageLocation, DeleteLocation" identity="$$PROJECTCOLLECTIONADMINGROUP$$" />  
      <permission allow="Read, Create, Write, Edit, Delete, ManageChildPermissions, Start, Stop, ManageSnapshots, Pause, ManageLocation, DeleteLocation" identity="[$$PROJECTNAME$$]\$$PROJECTADMINGROUP$$" />  
      <permission allow="Read, Create, Write, Edit, Start, Stop, ManageSnapshots, Pause" identity="[$$PROJECTNAME$$]\@@Contributors@@" />  
      <permission allow="Read" identity="[$$PROJECTNAME$$]\@@Readers@@" />  
      <permission allow="Read, Write, Edit, Start, Stop, ManageSnapshots, Pause" identity="$$BUILDSERVICEGROUP$$" />  

Configure and administer Lab Management
Control access to functional areas