I am pleased to announce that my Guide Upgrading TFS 2010 to TFS 2012 with Migration to a New Hardware just published on CodePlex.
We can reserve Lab environment by mark it as ‘In Use’ to discourage other team members from using it but remember this doesn’t prevent access by other team members, but it just simply sets a flag in Lab Center environment list.
So we have to make sure that the environment is free for us to use, so we could decide to run some tests on it. Sometimes the environment belong to specific team so we have to ask them if it is OK for us to use.
When creating SCVMM Environment for Lab Management 2013 over SCVMM 2012 R2, you must select at least one VHDD and marked as ‘Contains an operating system‘
If you can’t find the ISO of the Visual Studio Update you can download the update instead of install it from the internet, just perform the following steps:
The Visual Studio update installs on top of whatever is already installed on the computer, so you will find Visual Studio Update N media or installation file. Most of Visual Studio updates are cumulative releases that include the new features and fixes that were delivered in previous releases.
The TFS update is a full layout that replaces whatever is installed on the computer, so you will always find TFS with Update N media. Before you try to apply the TFS update, make sure that you have a full backup of your current databases. If the TFS update installation fails, you will be unable to restart the update or roll back to the earlier version of TFS without performing a restore procedure.
To simplify the meaning, just think of TFS update as it’s a new version of TFS so it’s Upgrade the existing one and this is the reason for after you install the update you will find the configuration show you upgrade wizard.
For example, see the following post about how to Install TFS 2012 Update 3
In this post I will explain a step-by-step installation and configuration for TFS 2012 Update 3 (TFS 2012.3)
- Download the TFS with Update 3
- Download Agents for Visual Studio 2012 Update 3
- Download Visual Studio 2012 Update 3
- More info about Update 3
Insert the VS2012.3 TFS Server ENU media in your machine and click on tfs_server.exe.
Notice that you can’t change the path since it detects the previous installation (TFS 2012.2).
The configuration detect the DB, click on the confirmation of the DB backup, this is very important because If the TFS update installation fails, you will be unable to restart the update or roll back to the earlier version of TFS without performing a restore procedure. Click on Next.