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  • Blog Post: Configuring TFS with the databases spread across different SQL server instances

    This article will be helpful, if you are planning to do a hardware based move or an upgrade of TFS version with new hardware , and you have the TFS databases (the configuration and collection databases) spread across multiple instances of SQL servers. Normally when we perform a hardware based move or...
  • Blog Post: Displaying new columns in Kanban board

    I thought to share few steps which I found very helpful in customizing the columns for Kanban Board. We have a nice user interface, with which we can easily customize the Kanban Board columns. I will try to present it as simply as I can. Below is the Board for Requirement backlog: The columns that are...
  • Blog Post: Error on SharePoint portal if TFS is configured on a custom port for SQL Server

    Recently, in one of my support incident I faced an issue with SharePoint portal where it shows a SQL connectivity error at the bottom of the page. A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify...
  • Blog Post: Errors during configure new features for upgraded Team projects

    Recently, I had worked on number of support incident’s where configure new features wizard for upgraded team projects fails with below error. [Error] TF400654: Unable to configure Planning Tools. The following element contains an error: RequirementBacklog/States. TF400587: This element defines the states...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Team Foundation Server Databases

    This article will be helpful if you are planning to move the databases used by your TFS deployment, to a new hardware. The databases to be migrated will depend on your deployment of TFS, and the components for which you choose to move the databases. This may include: TFS Databases Ø Configuration...
  • Blog Post: How to upgrade Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Trial edition to Full edition

    Note: The following article is only applicable to Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 edition as the future release upgrade experience might be different. In this article will talk about how to upgrade from Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Trial or RC edition to Release Management for...
  • Blog Post: Change the service accounts used by TFS, SQL, Reporting Services and SharePoint

    The steps and screenshots included in the article are for the following product versions: Team Foundation Server – 2013 SQL Server – 2012 SharePoint – 2013 Apart from minor UI changes, there are no major changes in the way in which these commands are run, in other...
  • Blog Post: Migrating TFS Analysis and Warehouse Databases

    The Warehouse and Analysis databases for TFS can easily be migrated to a different SQL server. This article details the steps involved in the migration. Screenshots and examples provided are for TFS 2013 versions. There are two ways to do it: Change the SQL server for Analysis or Warehouse, or both the...
  • Blog Post: Migrating TFS Report Server

    Follow this article if you are planning to migrate the Report Server being used with your TFS deployment to a new hardware. The migration requires the report server databases, reportserver and reportservertempdb which are in use with the current deployment of TFS reporting, to be moved across to the...
  • Blog Post: Migrating SharePoint for TFS

    Data can be migrated from server that hosts SharePoint products for TFS to a different hardware. This articles walks you through the steps involved, during the migration of the SharePoint data for TFS, to a new or different hardware. The screen shots and examples used in this article are from 2013 version...
  • Blog Post: Integrating TFS with a SharePoint web app configured with SSL offloading

    We had an interesting issue recently. It was a TFS 2013 server integrated with a SharePoint web application that had its SSL offloaded to its NLB. You can find more about this here . In this setup the communication between the NLB and the SharePoint machines happened on a non-SSL connection. But the...
  • Blog Post: Provider load failure when scheduling a backup plan

                                     We had a couple of customers facing an issue where TFS backup schedule wizard was failing with an error "Provider...
  • Blog Post: SQL Always on, TFS 2012/13 and SQL mirroring! Can they live together?

    Vimal (Support Escalation Engineer) from our EMEA support team happened to work with a customer who was trying to bring back their SQL mirroring after upgrading TFS to 2012 from 2010 and also SQL to 2012 from 2008 and landed in sequence of issues and they were not able to connect to TFS from Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Migration Upgrade from TFS 2012 to TFS 2013 (With Reporting and SharePoint)

    This blog gives you the step by step actions required for the Migration upgrade from Team Foundation Server 2012 to 2013. > Prerequisites: (IMPORTANT) Make sure you have appropriate accounts with permissions for SQL, SharePoint, TFS and Machine level Admin privileges on both the servers. You must...
  • Blog Post: In-place upgrade from TFS 2012 to TFS 2013

    This blog is a step by step guide on upgrading your TFS 2012 server(RTM or any update) to TFS 2013. > Firstly, review the requirements listed below before you start the upgrade process. The pre requisites and requirements for TFS 2013 are: Hardware requirements - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2013 Upgrade options

    The new version of TFS 2013 has been launched. Here is a blog which gives various ways in which you can upgrade your existing TFS environment. We have a clear explanation of various upgrade paths. Below are the process for all the versions – TFS 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012. TFS 2005/TFS 2005 SP1 to TFS...
  • Blog Post: How to Configure Team Foundation Server with a remote SharePoint Server

                                                In this blog we would cover how to integrate...
  • Blog Post: Moving Configuration Database alone to another SQL Server in Team Foundation Server 2012

    This post explains how to move the Tfs_Configuration database alone to another SQL server in Team Foundation Server 2012 Pre-requisites: The SQL Server on the new server must be a supported version. The following steps help you move the Tfs_Configuration database to another server and get TFS resume...
  • Blog Post: What version of Team Foundation Server do I have?

    Team Foundation Server has grown a lot over the years. From being deployed to physical machine(s) to the cloud. There has been a variation in terms of updates pushed to Team Foundation Server from 2005 to the latest version (2013). In simple terms, in 2005, 2008 and 2010, the updates were given out as...
  • Blog Post: Backup Team Foundation Server 2012- Best Practices

      This blog is written for Team Foundation Server 2012 and it is also applicable for Team Foundation Server 2010. We must backup TFS deployment with a regular and scheduled plan for the following reasons 1. To recover data loss 2. For disaster management 3. Upgrade of data tier. 4. Move of TFS deployment...
  • Blog Post: Configure Features for process templates based on v 4.2 process templates

    I have seen customers facing issues while configuring the new features for process templates based on v4.2 after upgrading to TFS 2012. You would see the below screen with a message You must perform few changes to your process template in order to configure the new features. Below are the steps...
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