Upgrading from TFS 2013 to TFS 2017


I was running TFS 2013 Update 4 on top of SQL Server 2012 SP3 and was unable to upgrade to TFS 2017 because this version of the SQL database is not supported.  So, I ran the SQL Server 2016 installer from the ISO and used the SQL Upgrade tool.

I then uninstalled SQL Server 2012 by double-clicking on the "Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (64-bit)" entry in Control Panel's Programs and Features and selecting "Remove".  I clicked the "Select All" button, clicked the Next button, clicked the Next button, and lastly clicked the "Remove" button.  This started the uninstall of SQL Server 2012.

Note that I did not uninstall Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Native Client".  When I attempted to do so, I got the following dialog box:

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Then I installed TFS 2017 from the ISO and ran the Team Foundation Server Configuration Wizard.

I selected "I have existing databases to use for this Team Foundation Server deployment" and clicked Next.

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Then I selected my (only) SQL Server Instance, selected my (only) database, and checked the box stating that I have a current backup.  Make sure you do before proceeding!  I then clicked Next.

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Then I selected "Production Upgrade" and clicked Next.

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Then I entered the service account name under which the TFS Windows Service will run.  Click the Test link to make sure you have the password correct before proceeding.  Click Next.

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You may now wish to update your website settings to use SSL/TLS so that web-based connections to TFS are secure.  I did not, so I accepted the existing values.  You can also check the box to enable SSH (Secure Shell) connections to TFS; it was checked by default for me.  You may also update the location of the File Cache used by TFS.  Click Next.

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The next step allows you to enable Search across your repositories.  It defaults to unchecked; I chose not to install it at this time.  You can always install it later.  Click Next.

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You may now configure reporting for TFS.  I didn't have it installed before, so configuring it now was not an option.  Click Next.

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You may now configure SharePoint for TFS.  I didn't have it installed before, so configuring it now was not an option.  Click Next.

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You are now presented with the Settings Confirmation page.  You may click the Verify button or just click Next.  I clicked Next.  It will automatically run through the verification process.

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If everything verifies as successful, you will see a screen similar to the following.  If all was successful, click Configure to Upgrade your previous installation of databases and TFS to 2017.

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Rob

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