Team Foundation Server Services and Service Accounts

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS), Team Foundation, and the products with which it integrates include several services and service accounts that run on some or all of the logical tiers and physical computers that compose a deployment. Depending on the configuration of your deployment, your security needs, and what components you have installed, you can use the same account for all of these service accounts, or you can use different accounts. For clarity, each service account is referred to separately by using placeholder names. The topics in this section describe the services that are used in a deployment of TFS, the service accounts under which those services run, and how to manage those accounts.

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