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Configuring Email alert settings in TFS 2010

Approach 1

You can configure email settings using following command. Open command prompt window (Run as administrator) in the server where application tier of TFS 2010 is installed. 

TFSConfig ConfigureMail /FromEmailAddress:TeamSystem@contoso.com /SmtpHost:ContosoMailServer 

TFSConfig utility is located at Drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio v10.0 Team Foundation Server\Tools. When you run this command please note that it may disable your email alerts, so you need to enable it back. In order to avoid this use the approach described below. 

Approach 2( Prefered)

Run Team foundation server administration console, navigate to Application tier node and Email alert settings group is second in the page launched.

In order to configure email settings in TFS 2008 you need to open web.config file (located at drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server\Web Services\Services) for services and manually add following details. (again don’t forget to open your choice of editor using Run as administrator and IISReset once config file is modified).

1.    <add key="smtpServer" value="SMTPServerLocation" />
2.    <add key="emailNotificationFromAddress" value="TFSService@domain.com" />


  1. Thanks! Very useful info! Helped me a lot in configuring my TFS 2010!

    Comment by Stephan Georgiev — June 2, 2010 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  2. Hello again, as it looks like, the TFS is able to send mail notifications only from SMTP server of local exchange we have in our corporate network. When I tried to specify outside SMTP one, I got error message and the notification sending was failed!
    Any ideas???


    Comment by Stephan Georgiev — June 2, 2010 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

    • Hi Stephan,

      Not sure about this, I havent tried with out of the corporate network. Though I believe this limitation is not caused by TFS; Meanwhile did you tried to send smtp message from your TFS appserver to smtp server. You may try using telnet commands for this purpose.

      For more details you may refer the link below: http://www.activexperts.com/activemail/telnet/

      Comment by douknowit — June 2, 2010 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  3. Hello,
    Is there a way we can define the port of the mailserver? My mail server listen on another port instead of defaule port 25.

    Comment by praneedh — July 7, 2010 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  4. Prob a stupid question but how do I enable the Email Alert Settings?

    Comment by Ralf — July 30, 2010 @ 8:42 am | Reply

    • You Open Visual Studio or the web view and right click on the project and choose Project Alerts. In web view it’s the top right settings section.

      Comment by Ben Humphrey — June 16, 2011 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  5. Any idea how to disable the Email Alert Settings? When I right click a project, I only get an option,’Alert on Change’, to add an email alert.

    Comment by Lynne — November 14, 2011 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

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