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October 21, 2013

Change the Work Item Limit in the TFS 2013 Sprint Backlog

Filed under: Team System — phacker @ 8:04 pm

I recently came across a situation where i need to increase the work item limit in the TFS 2013 Web Access sprint backlog. If you go over the limit you will get a warning message when you access the sprint backlog and the task board will not function correctly. The default limit is 500 work items.

In order to fix it you need to do the following:

Open an elevated command prompt and navigate to the Visual Studio 2013 install. On my machine its at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE

in there you will find the witadmin executable. That is what we need to run. so in the command prompt, run this command:

witadmin exportprocessconfig /collection:CollectionURL /p:ProjectName /f:”DirectoryPath/ProcessConfiguration.xml”

Open the file you just downloaded and find the following

<TaskBacklog category=”Microsoft.TaskCategory” pluralName=”Tasks”

Add the following values singularName=”Task” workItemCountLimit=”800″ so the line looks like this:

<TaskBacklog category=”Microsoft.TaskCategory” pluralName=”Tasks” singularName=”Task” workItemCountLimit=”300″ >

Use any value that you need to increase the limit to. In this example its 300

Now you just need to import it back to TFS.

witadmin importprocessconfig /collection:CollectionURL /p:ProjectName /f:”DirectoryPath/ProcessConfiguration.xml”

hope it helps



  1. Hi Paul. So glad to find you. This is Marlene Cote from Aspect Software. Is this setting configurable in 2012, too?

    Comment by Marlene Cote — December 19, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    • Paul, also what is the DirectoryPath in the command above?

      Comment by Marlene Cote — December 19, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

      • The directory path is the place on the local drive to store the file. So something like C:\Templates\ProcessConfiguration.xml

        Comment by phacker — December 19, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    • Not sure. I would need to test. Beware the XML file names changed in 2013. Here is a link that should help you get going with the correct files. Just need to see if it works or not.

      Comment by phacker — December 19, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

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