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Configure Outlook as the TFS SMTP client

, 18 Jan 2013 CPOL
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  In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use as the SMTP client for your TFS.

In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use as the SMTP client for your TFS.


Figure 1 – Email Alert Settings for as a SMTP client for TFS

When I was asking around for these settings in forums people questioned me why I would want to set up as the SMTP client for my corporate TFS server. Well the simple answer is, not every TFS installation has to be a corporate set up, I am sure people install stand alone TFS severs for R & D and Test purposes, would not want to set up a SMTP server as well or rather choose a free emailing service.

I have tested this for TFS 2012, no reason why it shouldn’t work for TFS 2010.

01. Login to TFS Application Tier and Open TFS Administration Console

The TFS Administration Console unfortunately cannot be opened remotely. So you would need to log on to the TFS Application Tier. Click on the Application Tier Node and scroll down to the SMTP Settings.


Figure 2 – TFS Administration Console

02. Email Alert Settings

Now click on the Alert Settings link, expand Advanced SMTP Settings section and key in the following information,

  • Check Enable Email Alerts
  • User: <outlook email account>
  • Passport: <you would know this best>
  • Port: Should be 25 if you haven’t changed it
  • Check Enable SSL


Figure 3 – Email Alert Settings for as a SMTP client for TFS

Click OK and refresh at the top of the TFS Administration Console.

03 – Test TFS SMTP configuration

If you don’t already have any alerts configured. Simplest way to test the SMTP settings for alerts is to open Team Web Access, navigate to Team Home Page and click on Request feedback.


Figure 4 – Generate an Alert to test the SMTP settings


Figure 5 – Example I am requesting feedback, which will send an email alert to the team member


Figure 6 – Checking the team members mailbox, I can see the alert email has come in from

If you run into any issues make sure you check the event logs on the TFS application server. The error messages will more often than not give you a good indication of where you can start looking to fix the problem.

Enjoy! Wink | ;)


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About the Author

Software Developer (Senior) Avanade
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Solution Developer - C# .NET, ALM

Tarun Arora is a Microsoft Certified professional developer for Enterprise Applications. He has over 5 years of experience developing 'Energy Trading & Risk Management' solutions using Microsoft Technologies. Tarun has great passion for technology and travel (not necessarily in the same order)!

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