Team Foundation Server Integration Tools (March 2012 Release)

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The TFS Integration Tools is a project developed by the Team Foundation Server (TFS) product group and the Visual Studio ALM Rangers to integrate Team Foundation Server with third party systems for migration and synchronization of data.

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by Roy Mayfield | April 08 2014


by 9swampy | May 09 2013

First we used TfsImport to import a 2008 TFS into a secondary 2012 collection, but noting the database schema of the imported data didn't match the original 2012 we weren't happy to use it going forward so we used TfsIntegration to migrate just the code and comments over to the original 2012 "DefaultCollection". All worked great. We didn't have a need for anything more than the core code and comments.

TFS 2012.2 (Update 2)

by Ian Ceicys | April 08 2013

Very difficult to setup and configure and significant customization required when working with TFS 2012.2 (Update 2).

by Skiattle1 | March 13 2013

by ELuna | January 15 2013

Good effort but didn't worked when trying to transfer data between TFS 2012 servers

by John Ludlow | November 20 2012

A nice idea but it tries to migrate all the data at once, storing everything in memory. What that means is that when you try to push a significant amount of data through it, it just explodes with an out of memory exception. It's also x86 so it has a pretty restrictive memory cap as it is.

It has a database which it uses to store migration settings, so it seems as if it could also use this to store the data it's migrating, because at the moment it's not much use.

by Allen.Feinberg | September 02 2012

It just does not work. Avoid.

by M.Radwan-MVP | August 23 2012

My favorite, thanks for your great efforts!

by Mr. Wharty | June 08 2012


Good one..

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  • Won't instal
    2 Posts | Last post Thu 6:38 PM
    • Can someone please update the friggin installer so that you don't have to download a previous version of Team Explorer just to get past the install? This is ridiculous.
    • Just open their installer in Orca to AppSearch table and look at the what it checks for:
      SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\InstalledProducts\Team System Tools for Developers
      SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\InstalledProducts\Team Explorer
      SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\InstalledProducts\Team Explorer
      now fake the registry keys to get past it :)
  • TFS 2013 Version?
    4 Posts | Last post June 18, 2014
    • When there will be a version for TFS 2013?
    • FWIW, I run this against TFS 2013 servers all the time, and it works. You do need to have the 2012 team explorer installed for it to run though, for now. Small price to pay :)
    • I haven't had such luck, source code seems to fail every time I try to bring over code. Sometimes code will come over from other projects than the project specified.
    • Any status on a version of this tool for TFS 2013???
  • How do I identify all renamed files or folders in Version Control so migration can be completely unblocked?
    2 Posts | Last post January 06, 2014
    • I've run into the issue described in The TFS version control item does not exist - "Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Toolkit.MigrationException: The TFS version control item "___" does not exist." while attempting a TFS Preview to TFS On-premises migration)
      I know that a good number of files (>20) have been renamed and I suspect that folders have been renamed too.
      Rather than "fix one, restart migration, fix another, restart migration .... " is there a way to identify all of the renamed files and folders so I can attempt to do the **NOMIGRATION** fixes on all of them in order to get thru the migration without another rename issue?
      Please note that I asked this at and it was suggested that I ask in this Q&A area instead.
    • Did you receive any comment regarding this issue? i am trying to perform the migration from tfs service to local tfs 2012 server and this is blocking me.
  • can this be used to Migrate a Single Project form TFS 2008 to TFS 2010 collection
    1 Posts | Last post October 18, 2013
    • We need to migrate a single project from TFS 2008 to an existing collection in TFS 2010. Will it disturb the existing data in TFS 2010 ? Or is it just adding some raws to the database ?
  • Clearcase to TFS migration
    1 Posts | Last post September 06, 2013
    • Hi,
      Need help in migrating data along with the History and Labels from Clearcase to TFS. We have run this integration tool and could able to migrate data along with the History but Labels are missing.
      I know this is part of limitations. But any roadmap coming in near future which could migrate even Labels from Clearcase.
  • TFS Integration Tools UI Fails to Load/Will not Render
    1 Posts | Last post July 25, 2013
    • I install TFS Integration Tools. My server is Windows 7 Enterprise. During installation I select localhost\SQLEXPRESS.  (The Msi reports Revision Number "{0374C8E3-D99D-4C35-8602-B4C5AD3107CA}").
      The MSI.log file looks normal and lists near the end:
      Product: Microsoft Team Foundation Server Integration Tools -- Installation completed successfully.
      My TFS server is not local.
      I start up TFS Integration Tools.
      A window appears titled "TFS Integration Tools" but the 'inside' of the window never renders. 
      I've uninstalled and removed the database and reinstalled. Twice.
      I've used ProcMon.exe during start up but find nothing unusual.
      I've reviewed the event log and found nothing.
      I've looked for a local log file and found none.
      How can I figure out what it going on, and more importantly, how to fix it?
  • Check-In Notes
    1 Posts | Last post July 17, 2013
    • Hello,
      We would appreciate any assistance with the following issue:
      Thank you,
  • Does it work with SQL express 2008
    1 Posts | Last post July 10, 2013
    • Hi, 
      I would like to migrate Version Controlled data from TFS 2012 to TFS 2012. I try to use this tool - connected to SQL express 2008. The migration always fails with error
      Application Information: 0 : Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Shell, Version=2.2.20314.1, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35
      Application Error: 0 : [7/10/2013 1:41:16 PM] System.InvalidOperationException: Sequence contains no elements
         at System.Linq.Enumerable.First[TSource](IEnumerable`1 source)
         at System.Data.Objects.ELinq.ObjectQueryProvider.<GetElementFunction>b__0[TResult](IEnumerable`1 sequence)
         at System.Data.Objects.ELinq.ObjectQueryProvider.ExecuteSingle[TResult](IEnumerable`1 query, Expression queryRoot)
         at System.Data.Objects.ELinq.ObjectQueryProvider.System.Linq.IQueryProvider.Execute[S](Expression expression)
         at System.Linq.Queryable.First[TSource](IQueryable`1 source)
         at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Toolkit.ConflictManager.BacklogUnresolvedConflict(Guid sourceId, MigrationConflict conflict, Boolean raiseConflictUnresolvedEvent)
         at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Toolkit.ConflictManager.TryResolveNewConflict(Guid sourceId, MigrationConflict conflict, List`1& actions)
         at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Toolkit.ErrorManagement.ErrorRoutingAlgorithm.TryHandleException(Exception e, ConflictManager conflictManager)
         at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Toolkit.ErrorManagement.ErrorManager.TryHandleException(Exception e, ConflictManager conflictManager)
         at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Toolkit.SyncOrchestrator.ConstructPipelines()
         at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Shell.ConflictManagement.ApplicationViewModel.m_constructPipelinesBW_DoWork(Object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e) 
      I think it is related to Data type mismatch (DATE_TIME) in SQL server. Does the tool support SQL express 2008?
  • Migrating From Team Foundation Service to TFS 2012
    1 Posts | Last post June 25, 2013
    • Hi, is there any way to migrate from Team Foundation Service to Team Foundation Server 2012? Thank you!
  • migrating Issues from Mantis to TFS 2012
    3 Posts | Last post June 24, 2013
    • Is there any help regarding migration from mantis to TFS.
    • Mantis 4.1.10 which is on MySql to TFS 2012 with SQL 2008 R2
    • I've been using mantis for quite some time and thus I feel I can answer. mantis is dedicated to bug and issue tracking while TFS is much more and different. TFS supports the whole life cycle of projects including bug tracking when products are in production. But main focus is on development life cycle based on various models including source code and build management. From this perspective I believe there is no migration path.
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