Upgrading the TFS 2010 and Project Server 2010 Integration Virtual Machine to TFS 2012

For a demo I’ll be presenting at a customer, It should be awesome if I could show the integration between Project Server and TFS with a brand new TFS 2012 installation. For the reason of that, I decided to upgrade my existing demo Virtual Machine provided by Microsoft (download). In this blog post, I would like to show you how the upgrade process looks like. Be aware, it’s a screenshot-intensive post today!

Ok, let’s go. The demo Virtual Machine from Microsoft has TFS 2010 and Project 2010 installed, combined with the integration pack to synchronize data between Project Server and Team Foundation Server. So the first thing we have to do is get rid of TFS 2010. On your Control Panel, uninstall TFS 2010.

When the uninstall is ready, you have to uninstall the TFS and Project Server integration pack.

That was an easy job! What we have to do now is an upgrade of SQL Server 2008 R2. TFS 2012 requires at least SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU1. But let’s install the latest bits: SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2, which you can download here. Start and complete the upgrade process. (This step will take some time, especially on a VM)

Next step of the process is to install Team Foundation Server 2012 (which you can get from your MSDN subscription, or a Trial version). Launch the installer and run the installation.

When the installation is done (after a reboot, caused by the .NET 4.5 Framework), the Team Foundation Server Configuration Center will pop up. Select the ‘Upgrade‘ option:

On the welcome screen, click ‘next‘ to go to the ‘Databases‘ section. Click on the blue link ‘List Available Databases‘. This should list your TFS 2010 configuration database. Select the check box on the bottom, and click ‘Next’.

Continue the wizard, and configure SharePoint for use with TFS and use the current settings:

Run the ‘Readiness Checks’ and perform the upgrade. The outcome should be a list of green checks.

Now we have our TFS 2012 instance up and running. The next step is to install the new TFS 2012 – Project Server 2010 integration pack. You can install this using the same installation media from TFS 2012, as the integration pack is now delivered together with TFS 2012. So no extra package to download (which required an MSDN subscription). You can find the installer in the folder ‘Project Server Extensions‘.

The installation will only take a small amount of time.

The last thing you can do now is perform an installation of Visual Studio 2012, so you can make use of all the new and great functionality from TFS 2012.

Voila.. That’s it, nothing more, nothing less. It was quite an easy job to perform this upgrade. If you open your Visual Studio 2012 instance, you can connect to TFS 2012, and you should see the ‘Project Server’ section on each Work Item form. Have fun!


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Alexander Vanwynsberghe
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Alexander Vanwynsberghe

Belgium-based entrepreneur. Into technology, innovation and a bit of cycling and running too. Evangelist for everything related to smart-tech.