TFS CheckAuthentication web service using Internet Explorer

Grant Holiday explains nicely in this blog what to do when people can’t connect to Team Foundation Server for some reason.

Usually the following occurs:

  • “It was working yesterday but not today”
  • “I haven’t changed anything”
  • “Team Foundation Server tfsserver does not exist or is not accessible at this time.”
  • I get an error message: TF31002: Unable to connect to this Team Foundation Server

The very first thing to do is confirm that it works for a known-good configuration – usually my workstation.

Providing that works and the server appears to be functioning, the next thing to do is ask the user to call the CheckAuthentication web service using Internet Explorer.

The URL for this is: http://TFSSERVER:8080/services/v1.0/ServerStatus.asmx?op=CheckAuthentication

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