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

In order to change the work item limit in the TFS 2013 Sprint Backlog, you need to do the following:

1. 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 12.0Common7IDE

2. In there you will find the witadmin executable, and we need this to run. In the command prompt, run this command:

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

3. Open the file you just downloaded and find the following:

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

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

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

5. Use any value that you need to increase the limit to. In this example its 300. 6. Now you just need to import it back to TFS.

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

Hope this helps!

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