TFS 15 RC2 installation

I haven’t blogged about the TFS installation procedure for some but when I tried the installations wizard for TFS 15 RC2 I found some things I wanted to share.

The first thing you notice is that you don’t get a lot och options like, basic, advanced, aplication tier and so on, you just get configure Team Foundation Server, the options are built in later on in the Wizard.

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The second thing we have to select is if we want to do a new installation or if we have existing databases to upgrade or a pre-production upgrade testing. In my case I have existing TFS databases.

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 Before starting the upgrade you confirm that you have a backup and SQL instance as usual.

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Now comes the part a really like, I get to select if its a production environment or a Pre-Producktion Upgrade Testing. That means that I don’t need to run TfsConfig PrepareClone, TfsConfig ChangeServerID and TfsConfig RemabDB anymore! Great!

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When it comes to the app tier the installation recognizes the existing IIS settings and you can change the public URL directly in the wizard instead of afterwards.

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As I see it this is a really god installation improvement that simplifies some of the more complicated upgrade scenarios.

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