Run and Monitor Builds

When you use Team Foundation BuildĀ to run your builds, you can manually start any defined build. Also, you can monitor the progress of builds in several ways to determine whether they completed successfully or to know when they are ready to use.

For more information about how to schedule a build to start automatically instead of manually, see Create a Basic Build Definition.

Common Tasks

Common tasks

Supporting content

Run a build. Manually queue any build whenever you need the build system to run it.

Queue a Build

Monitor progress. Monitor build progress by viewing detailed data about an ongoing build or by displaying alerts in your taskbar notification area when the build has completed.

Monitor Progress of a Running Build

Receive e-mail notices. Receive e-mail alerts when a build that you queued has completed, when any build has completed, or when the quality rating of a build has changed.

Receive Build Notification E-Mail

Stop a build. Stop a build that is in progress or that has been postponed.

Stop an In-Progress Build


Team Foundation Build Reference

  • Define Your Build Process
    Contains topics that describe how to create, modify, and delete build types in Team Foundation Build.

  • Manage and View Completed Builds
    Explains the functionality of Build Explorer. Lists topics that describe how to view, interpret, and modify build status and to build reports that are generated by a build definition in Team Foundation Build.

  • Administering Team Foundation Build
    Contains topics with information about how to manage Team Foundation Build Service to enable your team to automatically and consistently build and test your software in a distributed environment.