Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Team Foundation Server 2012: Configure security to access data warehouse

Team Foundation Server gives you a rich set of reporting data available through reporting services and excel reports. If these out-of-the-box reports are not sufficient for you, you can always connect directly to the TFS data warehouse. Microsoft did a great job in improving the data warehouse structure to make it easy to browse through all available info and create your own queries. The easiest way to do this is by using the Analysis services integration in Microsoft Excel. Just follow the wizard and you get all the data you’ll ever need…

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However there is one extra step you need to do before users can complete this wizard successfully, you must grant these users read access to the databases that make up the data warehouse. You can grant access to the analysis services database, the relational database, or both, depending on what types of reports will be created.

To grant a user or group read access to the analysis services database
  1. On the Start menu, point to All Programs, click Microsoft SQL Server 2008, and then click SQL Server Management Studio. SQL Server Management Studio starts, and the Connect to Server dialog box appears.

  2. In the Server type list, click Analysis Services.

  3. In the Server name box, type the name of the analysis services server for Team Foundation Server, and then click Connect. The Connect to Server dialog box closes.

  4. In Object Explorer, expand the server's Databases folder, then expand the Tfs_Analysis database, and then expand the Roles folder.

  5. Right-click the TfsWarehouseDataReader role, and then click Properties. The Edit Role dialog box appears.

  6. Under Select a page, click Membership, and then click Add. The Select Users or Groups dialog box appears.

  7. Add the user or group, click OK, and then click OK.

To grant a user or group read access to the relational database
  1. On the Start menu, click All Programs, click Microsoft SQL Server 2008, and then click SQL Server Management Studio. The Connect to Server dialog box appears.

  2. In the Server type list, click Database Engine.

  3. In the Server name box, type the name of the data-tier server for Team Foundation Server, and then click Connect.

  4. In Object Explorer, expand the server's Databases folder, and then expand the Tfs_Warehouse database.

  5. Under the Tfs_Warehouse database, expand the Security folder, then expand the Roles folder, and then expand the Database Roles folder.

  6. Right-click the TfsWarehouseDataReader role, and then click Properties. The Database Role Properties dialog box appears.

  7. Under Select a page, click General, and then click Add. The Select Users or Groups dialog box appears.

  8. Add the user or group, click OK, and then click OK.

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