In order to activate email alerts for TFS 2013 work items, following two steps are needed. Enable Email alerts on TFS Server: 1) Login to TFS Server. 2) Open TFS Console and check if Email alerts are Enabled. Application Tier –> Email Alert Settings
Click on “Alert Settings” if they are not enabled.
Enable Email Alerts and enter the details about SMTP Server, Port & Send From Address. You can make changes as needed in above form. Click OK. To test these settings, In TFS Console click this link. , mention the recipient and optional message for testing.
Create Email Alerts for work items in TFS Project Workspace:
From this screen you can create different types of alerts which includes: 1) Work item alerts 2) CheckIn alerts 3) Build alerts 4) Code review alerts We will create 2 new Work item alerts (for new work item and modification of any existing work item). Select Project name –> Work item alerts & Click on New on the right pane.
Choose defaults and click Ok.
You can see one alert is created. Now click on “New” once again to create another , this time choose different template & click Ok.
Choose default on next screen & Click Ok.
You can now see two alerts are created.
Click on “Save” to save these alerts configurations.
How to test if our configuration is successful:
Check your mailbox if you received any email from TFS (the sender account is same as we configured in very first step).