How to Move Team Foundation Version Control to Another Server

- J.D. Meier, Jason Taylor, Alex Mackman, Prashant Bansode

Team Foundation Server does not support copying a server from one location to another, nor does it support mirroring. You can back up and restore a complete server, move your existing server hardware to a new domain, or upgrade to a dual-server deployment. You cannot perform partial moves; for example, moving some projects from your server but keeping others.

Team Foundation Server supports the following three move types:
Keep the following considerations in mind when moving a Team Foundation Server:
  1. Changing the TFS application-tier server name requires that all TFS clients must connect to a new server name.
  2. All query-bound Microsoft Office documents will no longer work if the server name is changed. The documents are bound to the server for which they were created. This includes all of the query-bound Microsoft Office documents that are created automatically at project creation time in the project Documents node.
  3. Any embedded links to documents will point to an unknown server name if the server name is changed.
  4. Local accounts existed on the original TFS. You must decide whether these accounts will be re-created as local accounts on the moved TFS, or as domain accounts in the moved Team Foundation Server’s new domain.
  5. Domain accounts existed on the original TFS, but you are moving TFS to a domain that does not trust the original domain. You must decide whether these accounts will be re-created as local accounts on the moved TFS, or as domain accounts in the moved Team Foundation Server’s new domain.

Test your server after the move to ensure that nothing serious was broken in the transition. Testing should check the following areas:
  • Were all the assets moved correctly? Look at your source tree, work items, and team pages to be sure that they are all in place.
  • Are the user accounts still operative? Try logging in with a few different account types to make sure that they still work.

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Last edited Jul 31, 2007 at 2:27 PM by prashantbansode, version 4

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