Understanding TFS migrations from on-premise to Visual Studio Online – Part 1: Concepts

We are pleased to announce that the release of the Understanding TFS migrations from on-premise to Visual Studio Online research findings whitepaper. This first part provides practical guidance on selecting a suitable migration strategy as well as tooling to migrate to Visual Studio Online without affecting your operational environment or data fidelity.


It covers the following core topics:


We are working on Part 2: Walkthrough, which will walk you through the migration of a simulated on-premise environment, using Brian Keller's VM, to Visual Studio Online.

special thanks

A THANK YOU to Martin Hinshelwood, who took a break from his numerous migration projects to help us create Part1 and support the team with Part 2. A special THANK YOU to our product owner Mario Rodriguez, for yet another successful adventure, his guidance and support.!

please send candid feedback!

We can’t wait to hear from you, and learn more about your experience using the sample add-in. Here are some ways to connect with us:

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Comments (5)

  1. Daniel says:

    hi Willy

    the tile below release notes on the download page is wrong: "Welcome to the Extract effective permissions from TFS whitepapers"

  2. @Daniel, thanks for the pointer. They should ban Copy+Paste on my machine.

  3. Anon says:

    Clicking the link brought up prominent advertising for Amazon Web Services on codeplex. The PDF did was downloadable, but confusing to see AWS ads here.

  4. @Anon, we have no control over which ads are displayed at random. Ad revenue is donated, which is why we are not disabling them on ALM Ranger sites.

  5. Rien says:

    Why will I lose my data and not have full fidelity in a migration?

    Our experience shows that it is important to realize that no solution will move your data with full fidelity. You may lose Build history and

    configuration, Test results, and your test suites among other things.

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