Enabling Log Files for TFS Builds

When trying to diagnose what is causing a build to fail, there is no more a vital resource than the build logs. So you can imagine my frustration recently in working on a TFS build agent that was running a failing build that was not producing log files at the end of the build. So now I had two problems, fix the build and get the builds producing log files.

Clearly it wasn’t a permissions issue, as the build was running fine, compiling all the solutions and producing artifacts . The build account was part of the “Project Collection Build Administrators” TFS Group, so I was confident that the account would inherit everything it needed to run a build from this account, right?


Well no actually. Look at the member of tab for Build Administrators:


It’s not a member of the build service accounts. In fact, no one was;

So I added the build account to the build service group and ran a build, and hey presto! Log files! And the problem of my failing build? A missing closing ‘)’ in the PowerShell file.

Author: Richie Lee

Full time computer guy, part time runner. Full time Dad, part time blogger. Pokémon Nut. Writer of fractured sentences. Maker of the best damn macaroni cheese you've ever tasted.

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