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Migrate from TFS 2008 to 2010: Practice run


We have decided, because of our customisation of TFS 2008 Build, to have a practice run at migrating to TFS2010. So I found a spare server that was just knocking about - actually its my normal dev machine - running Server 2008 R2 and I already have SQL 2008 installed.


So the first port of call was to get hold of the latest copy of the TFS Installation Guide from here: Installation Guide for Team Foundation 2010


I used the "Checklist:  In-Place or Migration Upgrade of Team Foundation Server on One or More Servers" checklist - what a mouthful!


Step One: Back up your old Team Foundation Server databases:


  • I nearly had a heart attack reading these instructions in the Checklist. I clicked on the "How to: Back Up a Team Foundation Server (Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server)" link and thought we haven't been backing up out TFS2008 database in this way. Then I realised that these are the instructions when using SQL Sever 2008.


  • So I used this link instead: How to: Back Up a Team Foundation Server (Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server). Big sigh of relief, we are backing up the TFS databases held in  SQL Server 2005 in the right way. So I go and search for a recent backup - the ops guys are  on the ball, I have last night's backup copied onto my Dev machine.


Step Two: Check for supported hardware:


  • Well my Dev machine is all I have, so it will have to do.


Step Three: Check for required permissions and user accounts:


  • Yep, got those.


Step Four: Check for supported environment settings


  • As far as I can tell these are the same as TFS 2008, so should be OK.


Step Five: Set up IIS:


  • I have already done this, but verify that the settings are OK.


Step Six: Set up SQL Server and Verify:


  • I already have SQL Server 2008 up and running, but I didn't have the Full Text Search Feature.  That's now sorted.
  • I have decided not to bother with Reporting in this practice run.
  • I have verified that my SQL Server setup is good.


Step Seven: SharePoint:


  • I am not going to use SharePoint in this practice run, so I skipped all the relevant sections.


Step Eight:  Restore Data:


  • I restored all the databases into SQL Server 2008.


Step Nine:  Install TFS 2010:


  • Wow - this is much easier than TFS 2008


Step Ten:  Upgrade:


  • Firstly find the Configuration Tool - should be under Start>All Programs>Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010>Team Foundation Administration Console.
  • I clicked on Application Tier, then Configure Installed Features.
  • Upgrade - don't forget, I am not using Reporting or SharePoint.
  • This went remarkably well.


Finally - we have a working TFS 2010. I can see history and tasks.


BTW. I nearly forgot to create an additional workspace in VS2010. I now have 2 workspaces, One that holds the latest versions of the code in  TFS 2008 (I am still developing 'real' software after all ) and the new workspace that I use for the code held under my practice version of TFS 2010.

Posted May 19 2010, 08:17 PM by purple.kate
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