Add server-level administrators to your Azure DevOps Server and TFS installation

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Administrators in Azure DevOps Services, Azure DevOps Server, and TFS exist at three levels: the team, the project, and the project collection.

In Azure DevOps Server and TFS, there are also server-level administrators.

See adding administrators to project collections or projects.


To perform system maintenance, schedule backups, add functionality, and do other tasks, TFS server administrators must be able to configure and control all aspects of TFS. As a result, TFS server administrators require administrative permissions in the software that TFS interoperates with, in addition to TFS itself.

You can quickly grant these permissions to administrators by adding them to the Team Foundation Administrators group in Team Foundation Server (TFS).

  1. On the application-tier server, add the user to the local Administrators group.

    Follow instructions for your operating system

  2. In the TFS administration console and add the user to the set of users who can run the administration console.

    Click or tab, then input username

    If you're running a standard single-server deployment, or a multi-server deployment without SharePoint or reporting, that's it! However, if you have multiple application tiers, you'll need to repeat these two steps on every application tier server. And if you have SharePoint or reporting on other servers, you might need to manually add administrative users to those products separately.

    See Set SharePoint site permissions or Grant permissions to view or create SQL Server reports in TFS.


  1. From the team page, click the Settings icon to go to the team administration page.

  2. Add an administrator.

    Add link in the administrators section of the team administration page