Manual update TFS Process Template after upgrade to TFS2015 update 3

Introduction

Step 1: Defining process template

Step 2: Download process template in Visual Studio

Step 3: Export all work item types definitions

Step 4: Configure new features in VSTS

Conclusion


Introduction

TFS Team Project Manager can help you automate different tasks across Team Projects in Team Foundation Server. It can help you to manage build definitions, build process templates, work item configurations, source control, security and to view activity in Team Build, Source Control and Work Item Tracking.

In this post I’m going to describe step by step process how to configure the new features with TFS Project Manager.

Step 1: Defining process template

In this first step I’m going to choose the project which has many work items.

1. In TFS Team Project Manager click on Work item configuration.
2. In row below click on Work item types.
3. In next row click on view / export / delete / edit options.
4. From the list choose Team Project.
5. Click on Edit button.
6. From the work item types, I know that the process template is CMMI.

1-Defining process template TFS Project Manager

Step 2: Download process template in Visual Studio

You will need to download the same process template in Visual studio, but with using new version for TFS2015.

1. Open Visual Studio and in Settings tab, click on Process Template Manager.
2. In new window click on process template CMMI.
3. Click on Download button to start with download process.

2-Download process template in Visual Studio

 

Step 3: Export all work item types definitions

In case of any error, I would highly recommend to export all work item types definitions so you can roll back in case of any problems.

1. Navigate back to TFS Team Project Manager and click on Work item configuration.
2. In row below click on Work item types.
3. In next row click on view / export / delete / edit options.
4. Click on Get Work Item Types.
5. In the column on the left side mark checkbox for right Team Project.
6. Click on Export to export the selection.

3-1 Export all work item types definitions TFS

7. In order to add the new types of definitions downloaded from the new version of the process template, click on Import button.
8. On the right side click on Add button.
9. In new window all types of definitions will be listed, click on selected type.
10. Click on Open button to open it.

3-2 Import TypeDefinitions TFS Project Manager

11. Select the target project and make sure you select simulate only then click import and make sure there is no error.
12. Click in check box for Simulate only to remove simulate.
13. Click import button to implement real import.
14. Make sure that there is no error.

3-3 Simulate and import TFS

Step 4: Configure new features in VSTS

Now you will have to configure all new features and in order to do that, you’ll need to open Team Web Access for the project.

1. Open Team Web Access for the project and click on Configure feature.
2. Click on Verify button to confirm the configuration.
3. In new window click on Configure button to confirm the start of project configuration.
4. In new window for Configuration features, click on Close button.

4-1 Configure new features in VSTS

5. Refresh the page and make sure that everything is okay.

4-2 Configured new features VSTS

Conclusion

TFS Team Project Manager is completely free to use and it has some really great features. It works with any version of TFS, including VSTS, but for the best user experience I would recommend using the latest versions.

 

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