Tim Elhajj

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TF18017 or TF250044: having problems with the TFS project creation wizard?

Have you ever had this happen to you? You installed TFS with SharePoint for a colleague. You make sure TFS is running, make sure SharePoint is up. You add your colleague to the local administrators group. You add her to the TFS admin tool. You write her an email telling her where to find her fresh installation of TFS and you’re just about to pat yourself on the back, when you get a message from her saying she can’t run PCW. She’s getting an error message that looks like this one:

If you’re anything like me, you sigh mightily.

Why can’t she (user2) run PCW? What is this about!? I already added her to the Farm Admin group (see below), but that didn’t help with this error.

It’s a permission issue, but it’s not Farm Admin permissions that’s needed. The solution is to add the user in question to the SharePoint site at the collection level. So, for example, navigate here on the SharePoint site (not the SharePoint administration site, but the site where the portal for the team project is created):


Here is what I did:

1) Someone who already has permissions has to go to /sites/defaultcollection/default.aspx and share the site with the new user.

2) Once you add the user, go to site permissions (click the wheel) and then give the user “full control.”

If you click the name, it lights up Edit User Permissions and you can click Full control on the next screen.

And Walla!

Redmond\user2 can now run PCW with success!


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Ever feel like something is missing from the SharePoint Central Administration site?

Has this ever happened to you?

You go to the admin page of your SharePoint site to do something you’ve read about on MSDN or TechNet, only when you open the page, the control or widget you’re looking for isn’t available. In fact, the page is oddly blank. (Remember when technical documentation would occasionally feature a page with a single line of text that said, “This page intentionally blank.” SharePoint looks like that, but without the silly reminder that page was supposed to be devoid of meaningful text).

I’ve had this happen when I install SharePoint for TFS.


I think it may happen because during SharePoint installation, I provide a user account different from the user account I’m using to run the installer. For example, if I log onto the computer with my corporate domain account, Tim Elhajj, but then I enter a different account when the SharePoint installer prompts me for a user account it can use for database access.

Regardless of how and why, here is what I have done to get SharePoint to show me all its controls.

  1. Run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard again. Click Start, click All Programs, find the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products folder and expand it, and then click SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard.


  2. When the Wizard launches, just click Next. The tool will run for a bit and hopefully give you all the permissions you need.


  3. Once it runs, close the wizard and go back to the SharePoint administration site. You should see the controls you’re looking for. I used this method to gain access to the Configuration Wizards in MOSS 2010.

I tried using the SharePoint controls to log onto the page as the identity that I used during SharePoint installation, but that didn’t seem to help.

The only way I could get it to work was by (re-)running the configuration wizard.