TFS Upgrade Guide updated and next version is taking off

v2.1 Refreshed

We have just refreshed the v2.1 version of the Team Foundation Server Upgrade Guide which includes minor formatting changes and a fix for the following:

  • Issue: The Migration Based Upgrade section provides instructions for having both the new and the old installed servers running at the same time. For that scenario, you’d also need to change the server ID as described in the cloning section. Otherwise, you would have two servers with the same server ID, and that will confuse the clients (VS, tf.exe).
  • Resolution: When the upgrade is complete, we will now have two instances of Team Foundation Server, one of Team Foundation Server 2010 and another the Team Foundation 2012. You can now decommission the Team Foundation Server 2010 installation. If you wish to continue running both the environments you will have to run the TfsConfig ChangeServerID command on new upgrade farm.

What’s coming?

The team has also started working on the next version of the Upgrade Guide, targeting TFS 2013.

The core features of the next release include:

  • As Dave, the TFS admin, I would like guidance with step-by-step Instruction on how to upgrade my existing Team Foundation Server environment
  • As Dave, the TFS admin, I would like to know the supported environments for TFS 2013
  • As Dave, the TFS admin, I would like to understand what’s new in Team Foundation Server Upgrade Process
  • As Dave, the TFS admin, I would like to understand the supported Upgrade paths


Has the team missed anything? If yes, add your candid feedback in the comments area.

Comments (5)

  1. Matt Ring says:

    Looks good!  A few more user stories for consideration.

    As Dave, the TFS admin, I want to know how to migrate an existing Team Project from TFVC to use Git.

    As Dave, the TFS admin, I would like guidance on how to upgrade existing Team Projects to the latest process templates in a scalable fashion (i.e. automated / PowerShell).



  2. Dushyant says:

    Hi Willy,

    Just wanted to ask if the cliparts you have used throughout your blogs are copyrighted. I wanted to use a few of them for my presentation. Would be grateful if you kindly let me know.

  3. @Dushyant, most artwork is reusable. Ping me under…/contact.aspx and give me a list, so that I can let you know which are reusable.

  4. Pramod V says:

    @Matt, Thanks for the feedback. We will add the user stories provided by you to our backlog. We may not be able to include this in our first release. But will surely consider for future release.


    Pramod V

  5. Kevin says:

    Please don't forget including Test 2012 Controllers/Agents and Build 2012 Agents/Controllers and running them against an upgraded 2013 Server. Also please please cover SCVMM 2008 R2 and SCVMM 2012 with TFS lab environments against TFS 2013 Servers. TFS has a lot of moving pieces and now where have to upgrade in rolling stages and not all at once!

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