Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

Register Now For Team Foundation Server 2013 Upgrade Weekend

Register Now For Team Foundation Server 2013 Upgrade Weekend

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In my job, I get talk to people every day who are excited about the new and improved capabilities of Team Foundation Server 2013. I have talked to several organizations who are already running Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview in production, which is great. But for some organizations, upgrading to pre-release software on their production servers can be a bit scary. If you are interested in upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2013 and you don’t want to wait until RTM, we are here to help.

Team Foundation Server 2013 Upgrade Weekend is happening September 13-15 (Friday – Sunday). During this weekend, Microsoft experts will be standing by after hours to provide no-charge assistance for Team Foundation Server 2013 installation, configuration, and upgrades. If you are interested in taking advantage of Upgrade Weekend, please visit This brief survey will pre-register you to take advantage of the Upgrade Weekend offer and will help us to appropriately staff engineering and support resources. If you don’t yet have a profile on Microsoft Connect you will need to complete a brief Connect registration profile prior to accessing the survey. This survey will remain open until September 6th.

Here are just a few reasons to consider upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2013:


Of course, you don’t have to wait until Upgrade Weekend to try Team Foundation Server 2013 or any of the rest of the products in the Visual Studio 2013 family. You can download previews of these products today from All of these products have “go live” licenses which means you can run them in production and perform your day-to-day development activities with them. You can also contact Microsoft Support if you need assistance.

  • Any chance you guys with channel9 could have a live session where we could screen share with Google hangout to do an upgrade? We missed this weekend...but we need to get to TFS 2013 by November 22.

  • Kenneth, no to Channel 9 live (that's not the right format for this and is very expensive to host and stream) and no to Google hangout (umm, we have competing products <g>).

    Sorry you missed TFS Upgrade Weekend. We effectively did what you describe where we opened a Lync bridge and let people come and go, sharing their screens, etc. to help them through upgrades.

  • Brain during your support did you have to upgrade any custom WITControls written for TFS 2012 web access that didn't work when the customer upgraded to TFS 2013? We have about a dozen custom WIT Controls for web access and I can't find out what I need to do to upgrade them to TFS 2013. Any info/steps?

  • Bill, this didn't come up during Upgrade Weekend. I'm not familiar with the upgrade process for these myself but I've sent around some feelers to find out. Have you tried to upgrade to TFS 2013 RC and you are experiencing issues, or are you asking proactively prior to the upgrade? (And if the former, can you provide some context about the specific issues you are seeing?)

  • Brian did you find anything out about how to upgrade custom WITControls? It appears we have to recompile each WIT Control with new references to 2013 dlls...just wondering if there was some easier way.

  • Bill, I didn't, sorry. A recompile with references to the new DLL's sounds pretty typical for this type of upgrade when I've looked at this in the past.

  • Will there be an upgrade weekend for the RTM, now that it is released? =D

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