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TFS 2010 Backup Utility Support for Multi-Server Topology

The TFS 2010 backup utility, which is part of the September '10 TFS Power Tools release, is advertised to support a multi-server topology. Specifically where SharePoint is installed separately and on a different server from the TFS application tier.

However, when I attempted to use the utility the SharePoint verification step failed. The reason was I had initially installed the default WSS with TFS on the application tier because my separate SPS server was not ready. The problem happens because the utility always checks for the default WSS farm and while the utility supports a remote farm it doesn't support multiple farms.

Here's the work around:

  1. Add sharepoint databases manually to the settings file:
    1. Configure and create a backup plan without SharePoint
    2. Open ConfigPT.xml file in ProgramData\Microsoft\Team Foundation\Server Configuration
    3. Add the SharePoint section noted below:
    <TfsCollections>
    ...
    </TfsCollections>
    <Reporting>
    ...
    </Reporting>
    <Sharepoint>
     <Database Name="[SPS DB1 Name]">[SQLServer Server]{\[Instance]}</Database>
     <Database Name="[SPS DB2 Name]">[SQLServer Server]{\[Instance]}</Database>
     <Database Name="[SPS DB3 Name]">[SQLServer Server]{\[Instance]}</Database>
    </Sharepoint>
  2. Save the file
  3. Make sure the account used by the utility has permissions to backup the SPS databases
  4. Make sure the account has access to the backup share
  5. Run the backup

Print | posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011 2:20 PM | Filed Under [ Agile SCM Talk Blog ]

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