Server Hardware Configuration Examples

Hardware Installation and Operating System Configuration

You can move or clone your deployment of Team Foundation Server (TFS) software. You move TFS from one machine to another by restoring it to new hardware (called a restoration-based move). For example, you might want to move TFS to a server with greater capacity or improved processing speed. When you move to a new server you do not lose any of your project history.

To clone your TFS deployment, you perform the same steps as a move plus a few additional ones.

You perform a move when you plan to discontinue use of the original hardware and TFS deployment. You perform a clone when you intend to continue using the original TFS instance.

Important:
In some situations you might want to change the domain of a TFS deployment as well as its hardware. Changing the domain is an environment-based move, and you should never combine the two move types. First complete the hardware move, and then change the environment.

Moving TFS requires several steps. We'll walk through them in the following sections:

Check your permissions before you begin

In order to successfully move TFS, you'll need to be an administrator on both sets of hardware (the old and the new). In addition, you'll need to be an administrator (or have the equivalent permissions) for TFS and all of the software on which your deployment depends: SQL Server, reporting, SharePoint Products (if your deployment uses reporting or SharePoint), and any other software with which your deployment interoperates, such as Project Server.

Make sure you are a member of the following groups:

- Servers: Administrators (local Administrators group or equivalent) - TFS: Team Foundation Administrators and Admin Console Users - SQL Server: sysadmin - SharePoint Products: Farm Administrators (if your TFS deployment integrates with SharePoint Products)

Back up the databases and the SQL Server Reporting Services encryption key

  1. Open the administration console for TFS and on the Scheduled Backups page, take a full backup. The backup will back up everything you configured for backup in your backup plan, but it will do so immediately, not according to the time scheduled in the plan. If your deployment uses reporting, you can back up the encryption key as part of this backup set.
  2. Once the backup completes, verify that the backup is available on the storage device or network share, and that you can access this backup from the new hardware.

Install and configure SQL Server on the new data-tier server

  • Install SQL Server on the new server and make sure that it is operational. If your previous deployment used reporting, make sure that you include the reporting and analysis services components. You must install the same version and edition that you used previously, including service pack and cumulative update levels.

    As an alternative, you can create an instance of SQL Server on a server that already has a matching version installed and restore the TFS databases to that instance, but that will require more post-restoration configuration.

    After installing SQL Server, if your deployment includes reporting, open SQL Server Management Studio and detach the ReportServer and ReportServerTempDB databases. Otherwise you might not be able to restore these databases with the backup you created for the TFS databases.

Install and configure software on the new application-tier server

To configure a new server or servers for TFS, you must first install and configure the software that is required to support it. This software includes the following components:

  • a supported operating system for your deployment configuration
  • a supported version of SharePoint Products (if your deployment is integrated with SharePoint Products and you want to move it to the same server as TFS)

Note:
Unlike installing a new deployment of TFS, you will not be able to install SharePoint Products as part of the Standard Single-Server or Advanced options when moving to a new server. You must manually install the same version and edition of SharePoint Products that you used in your previous deployment, or follow the guidance for your version and edition of SharePoint Products to move its deployment to the new hardware separately.

Restore the TFS databases

In order to restore the TFS databases using the restore tool, you must install but not configure TFS on the new data-tier server, and then use the restore function in the Scheduled Backups node.

If you want to restore TFS databases manually using SQL Server restoration tools, you can, but that is a more difficult procedure. In addition, you will have to manually unquiesce the databases in the new deployment. The restore wizard in TFS automatically does this for you as part of its restoration process, but that functionality is not part of SQL Server's restoration tools.

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