Upgrade Team Foundation Server

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 v4

TFS Upgrade

Use this guide to upgrade to Team Foundation Server 2012 or one of its updates.


You use the same guidance to upgrade to one of the TFS 2012 updates as you would to upgrade from a previous version of the product.

You'll find step-by-step guidance here that covers the most popular upgrade tasks, including in-place upgrades and upgrades that involve moving to new hardware and direction on what to do with SharePoint, whether it's running on the same server as TFS or somewhere else. We'll also walk through upgrade of a build machine, as well as adding new features to your upgraded team projects.

1.) Review upgrade requirements

First, read the TFS Upgrade Requirements. Team Foundation Server has new 64-bit server OS requirements. Upgrade no longer supports all previous versions of the product.

2.) Upgrade TFS application-tier server

Next, choose a server upgrade path.

The steps are different based on whether you're using TFS 2010 basic, or if you're planning to use the same hardware (standard upgrade) or moving to a new machine (advanced upgrade). Select from one of the paths below:

TFS server upgrade choices

3.) Setup a new build machine

After you upgrade the application tier, you might want to install the new build service.

With update 2 of TFS 2012, you can use the TFS 2010 build service with Team Foundation Server 2012, but you can no longer install the new build service side-by-side on the same server as the TFS 2010 build service. For more information, see: Install Team Foundation Build Service

install build machine for upgrade

4.) Add new features to your team projects