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"The server's error could not be parsed as XML. No SOAP fault found" error message on a computer that has Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 Eclipse plug-in installed

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Assume that you have the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 Eclipse plug-in installed. When you try to connect to a server that is running Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server (TFS) Service Pack 1, you notice the following symptoms:
  • You receive the following error message in the Connection failed dialog box:
    The server's error could not be parsed as XML. No SOAP fault found.
  • The following error message is logged in the TeamExplorerSOAP.log file: 
    unable to parse server's response body: <string of characters>

You can connect to the TFS server successfully either from Team Explorer 2010 or from the Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 command-line client for Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server.
This problem occurs because an unrecognized response that is received from the TFS server or that is received from one of the components in the TFS server is processed incorrectly. The components can be the Reporting service or the SharePoint service.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft website:Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

Non-volume license customers (i.e. you downloaded the trial version of Team Explorer Everywhere) can download this hotfix directly from the following Microsoft website:

After you obtain the hotfix, copy the file to the \PluginForEclipse folder. This replaces the existing file. Then, follow the steps in the Install the Team Foundation Server Plug-in For Eclipse section in the following Microsoft website:


There are no prerequisites for installing this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the Eclipse after you apply the hotfix if no instance of Visual Studio is being used.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
File nameFile sizeDateTimePlatform
plug-in for Eclipse No SOAP fault found

Article ID: 2133867 - Last Review: 12/12/2015 08:50:51 - Revision: 3.0

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010

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