Spec available for "Codename TFS Bug Submission Portal"

We've published the spec for the "Codename TFS bug submission portal" power tool on Rosario Specs website (1).

Note (1): Although it appears on Rosario specs website, this is a power tool for TFS 2008 (Orcas).


Here's some background:

Team Foundation Server 2008 Standard Edition allows using some of the work item tracking features even without a Client Access License (CAL).

“You do not need a CAL to access work item tracking functionality to create new work items, or view and update work items you opened

Even thought the EULA enables these scenarios, there's no out-of-box UI that will help customers to make sure they're in compliance with the license terms. Therefore, we have built a power tool based on TSWA that will enable these 3 core scenarios:

As a user without a CAL, I can:

  • create new work items
  • edit the work items I’ve created
  • see the list of work items I’ve created

The codename for this power tool is "TFS Bug Submission Portal" for now, and the official name will probably be different.


To learn more about the details, please take a look at the spec. Your feedback is very important for us, so please make sure you express your thoughts on the spec discussion forum, we're looking forward to hearing from you!

Comments (10)
  1. Buck Hodges says:

    Hakan Eskici , program manager for Team System Web Access, has posted the spec for a new power tool that’s

  2. Hakan Eskici says:

    WIWA is a Web UI that allows using some work item tracking features even if the user doesn’t have a Client

  3. Buck Hodges says:

    Hakan has announced the availability of the new TSWA community technology preview (CTP) in his post,

  4. Sono disponibili Team System Web Access 2008 SP1 CTP e Work Item Web Access 2008 CTP

  5. Visual Studio® Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server and Team Suite VPC Image (Trial) http://www.microsoft

  6. frederic.druilhet@dr14.cnrs.fr says:

    Sorry for asking that here, but could you tell me how to tell TFS/WIWA wich user group as access to TFS?

    Even with adding "domain users" at some places in team system rights management, any unlicenced user is rejected by WIWA with error code TF53011…on a workgroup TFS

  7. Hakan Eskici says:


    Anyone using Work Item Only View (aka WIWA) needs to be in TFS’s security groups as it’s required to connect to TFS. However, they don’t need to have CALs as long as they only use the Work Item Only View functionality.

  8. Hakan Eskici says:

    Recently, I’ve been seeing questions about TSWA Work Item Only View (aka WIWA) and how it works with

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