TFS 2013 Preview installation

As I wrote in an earlier blog Microsoft announced a Visual Studio 2013 Go-Live preview at the Build summit at the end of June. I decided to try the upgrade one of our TFS 2012 servers.

Hardware requirements

 TFS 2013 has new hardware requirements:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher
  • SQL 2012 SP1 (CU2 recommended) and higher. 
  • SharePoint 2010 and higher

Download TFS 2013

I downloaded the preview here:

The upgrade

Before you start make sure that you have backed up your databases

1. Start the upgrade by clicking tfs_server.exe, accept the license terms and get started.


2. The installation starts and after short time I have to do a restart of the machine. After the restart the installation continues.

3. After the installation is complete it continues with configuration. Click next and start the wizard.

4. Confirm that you have a current backup and click next.

5. Enter the password to your service account, always click test if you have the option. Click next.

6. Click next twice and verify your reporting services settings (if you use it).

7. Verify your database settings and Analysis Services settings

8. Enter your Report Reader account.

9. Verify your SharePoint settings (if you use it).

10. Check the review and click verify. If you have missed any prerequisites you will get a message showing that otherwise just continue with the upgrade.

11. The upgrade was in my case complete in less than 20 minutes.


Team Explorer

I think it’s a good practice to install Team Explorer on the TFS server. You will find Team Explorer on the TFS ISO/DVD in the Team Explorer folder.

Upgrading to a new version of a process template

If you want to use the new Portfolio backlogs in TFS 2013 you have to configure them for each project. To do this…

1. Click on Administer Server in TFS Web Access for your project.

2. Click on Configure Features. If you have pre TFS 2010 process templates this will probably don’t work and you have to do it manually.


3. Select verify

4. If everything is OK select Configure

5. Start using the new features.


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