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Professional Team Foundation Server 2013 by Grant Holliday, Martin Woodward, Ed Blankenship, Damian Brady, Steven St. Jean

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Chapter 9Migration from Legacy Version Control Systems

What's in this chapter?

  • Understanding the difference between upgrade and migration
  • Comparing tip versus history migration techniques
  • Migrating from Visual SourceSafe using the wizard
  • Understanding Team Foundation Server Integration Platform
  • Getting to know third-party tools for other legacy systems

Most teams adopting Team Foundation Server don't have the good fortune of starting from the very beginning with their applications. More than likely, there is an existing repository of source code that teams will want to move in some capacity into Team Foundation Server so they can continue software development from there.

That team may be using the latest version of Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS) only to find themselves in an unsupported scenario since July 2012, which was when Microsoft discontinued mainstream support for Visual SourceSafe 2005. The team's goal may be to move to a new version control system, such as Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Online, so that they can receive support if they are in a situation where they might need it in the future. They may also be using one of the other available version control systems—either commercial or open source.

One thing is certain: The process of moving to a new version control system gives you the rare opportunity to reorganize and clean up parts of the source code organization that has needed attention. This chapter explores the different options available for ...

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