OpsHub Visual Studio Online Migration Utility


This migration utility helps customers to migrate the most commonly requested data from an on-premises Team Foundation Server to their Visual Studio Online account. It is designed for basic migration scenarios to migrate history of version control changesets, work items etc.

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by Nameless X | September 09 2015

Not receiving any verification code via email. Checked inbox and spam.
Also don't know how to re-run the application. Can't find it in start menu. If I try to re-install it just disappears after the standard permission elevation warning. Think I'll stick with on premises.

Sandeep Jain (OpsHub) September 09 2015
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Verification code email occasionally gets lost in various spam filters. If you don't receive the verification email, please send a request to ovsmu at opshub dot com.

by Rob Pierce | September 08 2015

Seems pretty poor - can't even install since it asks for a verification code that will be emailed to the address you enter but no email ever arrives (I've checked all spam folders etc...). Need to implement a better method of providing verification as this is basic stuff.

Sandeep Jain (OpsHub) September 09 2015
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Verification code email occasionally gets lost in various spam filters. If you don't receive the verification email, please send a request to ovsmu at opshub dot com.

by eXavier_777 | September 01 2015

I'm giving 1 star as this tool does not support migration of projects using Scrum v1.0 process template. However, I haven't tried other templates. We just don't use them.

Sandeep Jain (OpsHub) September 09 2015
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This is supported but requires some admin operations upfront before running the utility.

Please look at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/27926927/migrating-tfs-2010-to-visual-studio-online

by JohnLBevan | April 02 2015

Great tool. Doesn't do everything (e.g. no ability to auto create missing user accounts, or add lookup values to templates), but what it does do (migrating the bulk of TFS data) it does very well.

by Ryan Adler | February 19 2015

We have done some testing with the tool, and while it seems that it generally works, we have some showstopper issues.

1) For some reason, it is extremely slow - OpsHub is looking into the issue, but we currently estimate a 9-day migration time for 5 Team Projects with a decent amount of changesets and work items.
2) More of an issue, though, is that the dates of Work Item Closed Dates, etc. as well as the Changeset dates are not migrated. This means that we cannot run realistic reports after migration or effectively track code changes.

I realize that issue #2 is not really in the hands of DevOps, but it would be nice to see a fully supported migration path from Microsoft where all available data is migrated. Otherwise, at least in our case, we cannot get started with VSO. There will simply be too large of an overhead after migration to do this.

Sandeep Jain (OpsHub) February 20 2015
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On #1, The migration speed is dependent on number of revisions, connectivity speed, the speed of end point and size of changesets and attachments (as they need to be transferred over the network to VSO).

On #2, The current VSO (and TFS) API doesn't allow us to set those attributes on a write. Hence the limitation.

by Adam Plocher | February 16 2015

Works well if you have a vanilla install of TFS and a brand new VSO instance with admin rights for both.

If you need any advanced customizations beyond that (e.g., being able to cloak incoming folders, re-base your import under a sub-folder, select only a subset of changesets to import, etc) I don't think you will be able to. It only includes the most basic settings: an instance of TFS to import from, an instance of VSO to export to.

It also has the tendency to fail easily. I had a very old TFS instance that had been upgraded from 2008 to 2010 and then again 2012. I'm not sure if it failed due to some corruption in TFS (it worked fine for us through VS), or if it was due to some historic branching issues. It also seems to need a lot of permissions.

Overall, it's the best product available, and you can't beat the price (free), but it can be problematic and require a little tweaking to get just right.

by ssloan_lacrossecounty | January 26 2015

Amazing Tool, has saved our team countless hours.

by K Dahl | January 19 2015

Not very flexible.

Couldn't get it to migrate any work items on two very simple repos (used by one or two person teams only). We were only able to do the vc history with the tool.

Sandeep Jain (OpsHub) January 20 2015
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The utility is not designed to migrate from customized templates on TFS side. If you have customized templates on TFS side, the utility will give an error. If you are getting any other error please post it in Q&A section and we will help you in resolving it.

by christianarg | December 15 2014

Excellent tool. We had a few issues at first but the OpsHubs support was excellent and they helped us with everything. Recommended

by ENSOLCONS | December 12 2014

Although the first run of the utility was a bit time and memory excessive, the team managed to fix it and now we have migration completed without memory bloating.

by JohnBenes | November 18 2014

I used this tool to migrate from an old TFS server to Visual Studio Online and it worked great. I also found the OpsHub support to be outstanding. I recommend using this tool.

by codingoutloud | June 30 2014

Thank you - very nice tool. Considering the complexity of what you undertook and the amount of work it saved me (and many others), this was a 5 star effort.

by DKube | June 17 2014

This is a Java application, and I almost installed it. Luckily for me that I looked at the proxy installation... No Java on my machine!!

Sandeep Jain (OpsHub) June 18 2014
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Yes. The application uses Java (and C#)among other things. Java is bundled in and the application (and Java) can be uninstalled after migration is completed.

by d1820 | May 16 2014

Tried running the installer numerous time, could not get the utility to work. nothing ever got created in C:\Program Files\OpsHub\

Hopefully there will be a Microsoft supported one in the near future to help migrate.

Sandeep Jain (OpsHub) May 20 2014
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If you have any problem with the utility, please create a question on stackoverflow (www.stackoverflow.com) with tag opshub.
OpsHub support team monitors that tag and answers as appropriate.

by Anil Desai | May 16 2014

Worked very smoothly and completely migrated ~15 realtively simple projects and ~1,300 changesets. After configuring online security and mapping logins, the process couldn't have been much smoother. The only issue I've noticed so far is that check in timestamps for revisions will be set to the time of migration check-in; however, the comments have the original check-in user and original timestamp. Overall, this is an excellent utility - highly recommended for moving collections from TFS to Visual Studio Online!

by CastorTroy0606 | May 16 2014

Word. If you don't like it you have no idea what you are doing.

by El Bruno | May 14 2014

Amazing app! Thanks

by Ed Blankenship | May 12 2014

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  • Problems adding user to service group
    3 Posts | Last post Wed 1:54 PM
    • I am in the process of trying to migrate from an installed TFS 2012 collection to Visual Studio Online. I have progressed through the migration utility and chosen the relevant options, but when it comes to the Migration Summary screen and tries to verify everything, I get the following error:
      "The account you have logged in to run the migration utility does not have the correct level of administrative privileges in order for us to provide the best possible migration experience
      We need for this account to temporarily have additional permissions by adding it to the Project Collection Service Accounts security group."
      I have read through the instructions to do so in the "Learn More" link (http://www.opshub.com/ohrel/Resources/TFS/permissions.php?page=serviceaccount), but the problem is the Visual Studio Online layout has either changed since this article was written, or the options just aren't there for me. Clicking the "Security" tab for the project collection, I don't see the "Users" button. I just get a list of VSO groups. The project collection service account group is in there, but the "Add" button is greyed out so I can't add my user into it.
    • Visual Studio Online has recently changed this to disallow users directly changing members of Service Account. There is however, a workaround that you can use. 
      1.	Create a new (custom) VSO Group
      2.	Under 'Members', add your user.
      3.	Under 'Member of', add [DefaultCollection]Project Collection Service Accounts
      4.	Go back to OVSMU and re-validate the migration that you were creating.
    • Excellent, that's got it. Thank you very much for your help.
  • Error on Select Team Projects
    2 Posts | Last post September 27, 2015
    • I’m trying to migrate from TFS 2010 to Visual Studio online.
      I have followed the steps highlighted at https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/get-started/setup/migrate-team-projects-vs.
      At the ‘Select Team Project(s)’ screen I get the error “Object reference not set to an instance of an object.”
      I have emailed my logs to ovsmu@opshub.com.  Do you have any recommendations?
    • So, I didn't read that OpsHub only supports TFS 2010 and newer and unfortunately I have 2008.  I backed up the database and on a temporary server installed 2010 and imported my 2008 collection.  Once in TFS 2010, it worked quite well.  I could not, however, migrate the work items.  I could only migrate version history and labels.
      FYI -- OpsHub support responded to this email and message within 12 hours.
  • TFS2010 to VSO changesets
    2 Posts | Last post September 10, 2015
    • Hey
      All work OK thanks, but changesets numbers on VSO not same as it in our On-premises TFS.
      when we open the collection from the VSO it shows changesets 239... instead the
      of 1598.., what we doing wrong?
    • Each system has its own numbering scheme. It is not feasible to preserve the old changeset numbers. The behavior you are observing is correct.
  • Is the migration one-way and final? I'd like to do a test-migration...
    2 Posts | Last post September 09, 2015
    • Is the migration one-way and final? I'd like to do a test-migration, but don't want to trash our on-premise TFS instance.
      I remember during some of the TFS upgrades, it would move/rename/combine some of the databases in-place.  I'd hate to try a migration and mess up our instance.
    • Migration doesn't modify the source system. So you can do the trial migration.
  • Verification Code
    4 Posts | Last post September 09, 2015
    • Never received an email with the verification code (checked spam too).
    • The same here
    • I've tried now install and the verification code worked fine. Please retry
    • Sometimes the email is caught in SPAM filters at various levels. We have seen this occur occasionally.
      So if you don't receive the verification email, please send and email requesting the verification code to ovsmu at opshub dot com 
  • Do you plan to support Scrum v1.0 process template?
    2 Posts | Last post September 03, 2015
    • I wanted to migrate project from TFS 2010 with default, not customized, Scrum v1.0 process template but the tool complains about "Template Customization or Template Mismatch error".
      In previous Q&As I noticed there was some plan to support Scrum v1.0 and was scheduled on February's release. As of September 2015 it is still not available. Can you please update us on its status?
    • This is supported but requires some admin operations upfront before running the utility.
      Please look at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/27926927/migrating-tfs-2010-to-visual-studio-online
  • ERROR Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    2 Posts | Last post July 24, 2015
    • When the migration utility tries to pull up the list of available projects, I get the error below.  Things I have confirmed:
      1) Running the latest ( I think ) version of the utility - V1.3.000B000
      2) Migrating from TFS2010
      3) My VSO user IS in the "[DefaultCollection]\Project Collection Service Accounts" group
      4) I have created a project in VSO with the exact same name as the one I am migrating
      5) When managing endpoints, the "Team Project Collections" display for both servers, indicating that it does appear to be connecting/authenticating correctly
      6) Tried deleting VSO project to switch from Scrum ( desired type ) to Agile, since source project is "MSF for Agile Software Development - v4.2"
      Thank you in advance for your help.
      2015-07-22 23:14:36,677 [1] ERROR Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
      System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at TFSMigrationUI.ViewModel.ProjectSelectionViewModel.loadProjectWorker_RunWorkerCompleted(Object sender, RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs e) in e:\OVSMUBranch\TFSMigrationUI\ViewModel\ProjectSelectionViewModel.cs:line 324
         at System.ComponentModel.BackgroundWorker.OnRunWorkerCompleted(RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs e)
         at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
         at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
    • Never mind - I was mistaken.
      We are running TFS2008, which is unsupported.
  • TFS31003 Due To Old IE 8
    2 Posts | Last post June 26, 2015
    • I was trying to configure a connection to a TFS Online site but kept getting the TFS31003 error when defining the target endpoint in the utility.  This was on a Windows 2008 R2 server that still had IE 8 installed. 
      Eventually tried upgrading IE on the server to IE 10 and that solved the problem.  The IE version is not listed in the utility requirements but IE 8 should be upgraded to make a TFS Online connection.
    • Paul. Thanks for the feedback. We will incorporate this limitation in the documentation.
  • Slow to get started
    2 Posts | Last post June 26, 2015
    • We've started a migrate today, about a dozen projects, OpsHub is sitting saying Migration: Fetching. 0/1041 Revisions passed. Sql is maxing out one core, OpsHub using all ram spare, about 6gb. TFS db is just over 1gb. Any idea of how long we are looking for this migration to take? From what I can see, it's not sending anything to vs.com yet, so not a network bottleneck?
    • How long has the utility been running? Can you please refer and share the logs at "C:\Program Files\OpsHub Visual Studio Online Migration Utility\logs". Logs would be recoding the process the utility is performing currently. Send olgs to ovsmu at opshub dot com
  • 32 bit version of VSO Migration Utiity
    2 Posts | Last post June 17, 2015
    • Hello Sandeep,
      If I have a 32 bit version of the OS, am I out of luck? The kind of scenario I have a work is, that I can't re-install the OS on the machine, and there is no other machine that is able to access my source TFS server. I welcome any suggestions/recommendations, if any.
    • Waqas, Currently only 64 bit version is available.
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