Active Directory Support and Default Ports in TFS 2013

by garyg 7. January 2015 04:37
Active Directory

You can install Team Foundation Server on multiple servers if they are all in an Active Directory Domain, and that domain is at the functional level that Team Foundation Server Supports. A single server on a workgroup is also supported. You cannot however install Team Foundation Servers on severs who’s domain controllers are running Windows NT Server 4.0 (yes there are still a few around). The Table 1-6 below shows the functional levels that are NOT supported. All others are considered fair game at this point for TFS 2013:

Table 1-6 Functional Levels and Active Directory

Functional levels for Active Directory domains


Windows 2000 mixed mode Domain controllers that are running Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2003 R2.


Windows Server 2003 interim mode Domain controllers that are running Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2003 R2.



You will likely need to open some ports on your firewall so Team Foundation Server can communicate with the various interfaces it needs. My table below shows the default ports you will need to make sure are open. If you have modified your installation you’ll need to verify what these are set to in your environment. This may require you speaking with your IT department if you are in a larger company.

Also, if you are using Windows Firewall the install process will set the ports for you. If you are using another firewall you’ll need to check the documentation or with your local IT person to figure out how to get these open.

Table 1-7 Ports


Default TCP Port

Alternate Port?

SQL Service (Database Engine)

Note: This is used for the default instance (the first one), for named instances it uses a dynamically assigned port. Use the SQL Server Configuration Manager to find out


· Alternate Port:

SQL Browser Service (Database Engine)


· Alternate Port:

SQL Server Analysis Services Redirector


· Alternate Port:

SQL Server Analysis Services


· Alternate Port:

SQL Server Reporting Services


· Alternate Port:

Report Server (if it’s not on the Team Foundation Server)

Windows Management Instrumentation(WMI)

· Shared Service Host, ports assigned through DCOM.

Default Web Site (For SharePoint, Hint: if you aren’t sure you can use Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager to check)


· Alternate Port:

SharePoint Central Administration (If you aren’t sure just start the app and check. If you need to change it you will need to do it in both the here and in the Bindings for the site in IIS).


· Alternate Port:

Team Foundation Server


· Alternate Port:

Team Foundation Server Proxy


· Alternate Port:

Release Management Server (if you are using this)


· Alternate Port:

About the author

Gary Gauvin is a 20+ year Information Technologies industry leader, currently working as the Director of Application Lifecycle Management for CD-Adapco, a leading developer of CFD/CAE solutions. Working in both enterprise environments and small businesses, Gary enjoys bringing ROI to the organizations he works with through strategic management and getting hands-on wherever practical. Among other qualifications, Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technologies, an MBA, a PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, and PSM (Professional Scrum Master) certification.  Gary has also been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

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