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Back up and restore TFS

If you don't regularly back up Team Foundation Server (TFS) databases, you increase the risk of losing productivity or data because of equipment failure or other unexpected events. Fortunately, the Scheduled Backups Wizard makes it easy to back up your TFS databases, which are part of the TFS data-tier and stored in SQL Server. All of the information required for restoring a TFS deployment is stored in those databases. Consequently, you do not have to worry about backing up Team Foundation client computers or application-tier servers.

Choose a preconfigured or custom schedule

A: The Scheduled Backups tool is designed to meet the needs of most deployments. You might need to configure backups manually if your deployment has security restrictions that prevent the use of the tool or has other requirements for backing up databases (for example, for auditing purposes). You can learn how to back up TFS manually here.

A: The steps for restoring TFS in a multiple-server deployment are essentially the same as described in the tutorial for restoring data to a single server. The process is also the same as the process described in a restoration-based move.

A: Yes, you can move TFS to new hardware. You can also change its environment, such as its domain.

A: No. Unless you are following the procedure for manually backing up the databases, modifying any TFS database can invalidate your support agreement. It can cause data loss, make it impossible to upgrade or patch TFS, or cause other severe problems.

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