We have put in a lot of effort on getting our Upgrade experience right. It is not perfect but I think it is great. This post is first in the series of posts around upgrade. You can have so many scenarios around upgrade; I will take one scenario at a time to provide more details. For now let's talk about basic upgrade from VS 2005 TFS to Orcas Beta 2 or higher. The experience for you should is same as new setup. Our upgrade is completely integrated into setup. Setup will ask for your database server name. We probe the database server to check if it is a existing database from VS 2005. If it is we upgrade it to Orcas. You can either have VS2005 RTM or SP1 version.
We also realized some customers may uninstall VS2005 before running Setup for Orcas and therefore we have made sure the Orcas setup can handle that scenario. Following are few pre-requisites for upgrade to work flawlessly.
Having spoken about limitation now let's talk about some key scenarios you all will be interested in. You all want to use the new features provided in Orcas. How do you get your VS 2005 TFS Server to run with all the new features of Orcas TFS? Following are the major scenarios
I will try to explain each of these scenarios in next few posts. The key here is the standard upgrade will only upgrade you from VS 2005 TFS with WSS2.0 to Orcas TFS with WSS2.0. We have to perform some extra steps to achieve above 4 scenarios. It is not difficult but just few more steps.
You should see additional posts soon…