/acl Command

Use /acl to display the access control list that applies to a particular object.

Required Permissions

To use the /acl command, you must have the View collection-level information or the View instance-level information permission set to Allow, depending on whether you are using the /collection or /server parameter, respectively. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

TFSSecurity /acl Namespace Token [/collection:CollectionURL] [/server:ServerURL]





The namespace that contains the group for which you want to view permissions for a user or group.


The name or GUID of the object on which you want to view permissions.

Tokens vary depending on the namespace that you specify. Some namespaces do not have tokens that apply for this command.


Required if /server is not used. Specifies the URL of a team project collection in the following format: http://ServerName:Port/VirtualDirectoryName/CollectionName


Required if /collection is not used. Specifies the URL of an application-tier server in the following format: http://ServerName:Port/VirtualDirectoryName


Run this command on an application-tier server for Team Foundation.

Access control entries are security mechanisms that determine which operations a user, group, service, or computer is authorized to perform on a computer or server.


The following example displays what users and groups have access to the FrameworkGlobalSecurity token in the Server namespace within the ADatumCorporation deployment.


The example companies, organizations, products, domain names, e-mail addresses, logos, people, places, and events depicted herein are fictitious.  No association with any real company, organization, product, domain name, email address, logo, person, places, or events is intended or should be inferred.

> tfssecurity /acl Server FrameworkGlobalSecurity /server:ServerURL 

Sample output:

TFSSecurity - Team Foundation Server Security Tool
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
The target Team Foundation Server is http://ADatumCorporation:8080/.
Retrieving the access control list for object "Server"...

Effective ACL on object "FrameworkGlobalSecurity":
  [+] GenericRead                        [INSTANCE]\Team Foundation Valid Users
  [+] GenericRead                        [INSTANCE]\SharePoint Web Application Services
  [+] Impersonate                        [INSTANCE]\SharePoint Web Application Services
  [+] GenericRead                        [INSTANCE]\Team Foundation Service Accounts
  [+] GenericWrite                       [INSTANCE]\Team Foundation Service Accounts
  [+] Impersonate                        [INSTANCE]\Team Foundation Service Accounts
  [+] TriggerEvent                       [INSTANCE]\Team Foundation Service Accounts
  [+] GenericRead                        [INSTANCE]\Team Foundation Administrators
  [+] GenericWrite                       [INSTANCE]\Team Foundation Administrators
  [+] TriggerEvent                       [INSTANCE]\Team Foundation Administrators
  [+] GenericRead                        DATUM1\jpeoples


See Also


Create a Collection-Level Group

Other Resources

Changing Groups and Permissions with TFSSecurity

Project-Level Groups

Default Groups