TFS 2010: In-Place upgrade of TFS 2005 to TFS 2010

Upgrade: TFS 2005 to TFS 2010

This document details step by step procedure to upgrade a TFS 2005 single server instance to a TFS 2010 (RC) single server instance with Reports and SharePoint.

Environment details:

TFS 2005 environment (Source server)

Windows 2003 SP2, TFS 2005 with SP1, SQL 2005 RTM or later, WSS 2.0 SP2

TFS 2010 Environment (Destination server)

Windows 2003 Sp2, TFS 2010 RC, SQL 2008 RTM, WSS 3.0

Upgrade process:

This will be an in-place upgrade of TFS. As TFS 2010 will not support SQL 2005 and WSS 2.0, before we can upgrade TFS 2010, we have to upgrade SQL 2005 to SQL 2008 and WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0. So the whole upgrade process is a threefold process.

1) Upgrade SQL 2005 to SQL 2008 (upgrade all the SQL components), Upgrade steps can be found on the MSDN documentation here:

2) Upgrade SharePoint from 2.0 to 3.0. We have a detailed blog on doing a side-by-side upgrade of WSS 2.0 to 3.0 by Lakhminder, you can find the content here: Follow the steps 1 thru 10 of this blog, under section “The side by side upgrade process would involve the following tasks:” Step 11 is not required. Once the web application is created and provisioned, you could uninstall WSS 2.0 from the box.

3) Configure Reporting services, you could drop the existing Reports databases and create a fresh set of databases for use with TFS 2010. The upgrade wizard would regenerate all the reports for the existing projects (in the same format as before). The user customizations will be lost.

4) Uninstall TFS 2005 from the server and run the TFS 2010 installation wizard. Uninstalling TFS 2005 uninstalls the binaries but the Databases are untouched. The TFS 2010 installation wizard will automatically start the upgrade, once the SQL server instance with the old TFS databases was pointed to.

Note: Also, delete the “Team Foundation Server” Site on port 8080, The TFS 2005 uninstallation will not perform this operation. This will cause a failure during the verification process. You would see an error similar to TF255297: The Web site found has bindings that conflict with the bindings chosen for the Web site for Team Foundation Server. You must manually resolve the conflict between the bindings.

Upgrade walkthrough:

1) After the first two steps from the above section is completed, Uninstall TFS 2005 from the server. Once TFS 2005 is uninstalled, Launch IIS and delete the “Team Foundation Server” site on Port 8080 and the associated application pool (TFS AppPool). Optionally uninstall the stale application pools and the central admin site for WSS 2.0 (SharePoint Central Administration). Start the TFS 2010 installation wizard.



2) Select the components needed to be installed on the server.


3) The installation would require Restart, proceed with the restart.


4) The installation phase completes, Launch the Configuration wizard.


5) In the Configuration wizard, select Upgrade


6) Click next to proceed


7) In the Upgrade Wizard, the SQL instance that hosts the TFS 2005 databases would be identified. Run the “List available databases”, the wizard would identify the valid integration database. Highlight the TFSintegration database and click next.


8) Enter the TFS service account and proceed


9) Accept the default for the Web site and IIS virtual Directory settings and proceed


10) Select the checkbox to configure reporting services. Again, you don’t need the old Reports databases. At the same time, you need to have a pre-configured reporting services dedicated for TFS 2010.


11) Populate the URL for reporting service configuration and validate the URL by browsing to the url on a browser.


12) Enter the SSAS instance name and proceed.


13) If you need to use a separate reader account for reports (similar to TFsreports used in TFs 2005), you can do so, or ignore the screen and proceed.


14) Select the check box to configure SharePoint. Note: SharePoint should be upgrade to WSS 3.0 if not done earlier. Check point 2 of the Upgrade process section above.


15) Validate the url’s captured by the upgrade wizard by clicking test and proceed


16) Enter a name for the Project collection that will be created in your TFS 2010. Project collection will contain all your TFS 2005 projects within.


17) Confirm the settings before the verification begins.



18) Start the verification.


19) The verification process identifies errors and warning. You should fix the errors before proceeding further. In this scenario, we see an error as I wanted to show you what happens if the old Team foundation server web site on port 8080 is left undeleted. You could see the error message in the log attached below.



20) After deleting the web site on port 8080, within IIS you could rerun the verification again. See the verification successful this time.


21) Continue to configure the upgrade.


22) The upgrade phase follows


23) Once the upgrade succeeds, close the wizard, this automatically launches “Team Foundation Server Administration Console”



Comments (4)
  1. kathyw says:

    I have followed this for a in-place upgrade, here is what we did:

    1. upgrade DT SQL server to SQL 2008 R2. no issue.

    2. upgrade AT Share point to 3.0

    skip the reporting service.

    3. uninstall TFS 2005, delete the “Team Foundation Server” Site

    4. install TFS2010, Launch Configuration wizard, choose upgrade.

    skip the reporting config, verification shows no error only one warning for not running firewall.

    start configuration, while upgrade phase, stopped at 4 steps of 208.

    Result shows installation and configuration succeeded but upgradeing the data was unsuccessful.

    unable to lunch TFS2010, and no config option availbe, so we did sencond run:

    uninstall TFS2010, restore database from backup, and install again.

    we now got error TF255049

    checked DT server, TCP/IP both enabled and configued to port 1433. no windows firewall.

    ping SQL server from AT, no problem.

    what should we do? please help!!!


    Hi Kathyw,

    Thanks for the post. Can you check the SQL logs (within Sql Server Management Studio > Management> SQl logs) for any errors. Also check the Windows event viewer for errors or warnings under Application, System and Security.



  2. Simon says:

    Hi, everyone, who can give some advices about how to migration upgrade TFS 2005 to TFS 2010?


    Hi Simon,

    Thanks for the comment. You can use the Migration upgrade steps thats detailed in the followign blog :

    While dealing with TFS 2005, to 2010 upgrade you have to upgrade WS 2.0 to wss 3.0 and SQl 2005 to SQL 2008.

    Hope this helps.



  3. Nidhi Shah says:

    Thank You Very munch…………………..

  4. Johan says:

    Cheers for this guide, it worked pretty well for me! Thanks! /Johan

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