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why, when, and how to move from TFS to VSTS

There are a ton of features that rock in both Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015 and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).  Our favorites are Build vNext and web-based Release Management, the REST APIs, and Kanban board updates.

We’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 features that stand out to us as some of the most customer-asked improvements that can only be found in VSTS. They are (in no particular order):

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That’s (approx.) how many new features are now available in VSTS right now that are listed as “TFS vNext” on the Features Timeline.

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commonly asked questions

  • What are the differences between TFS and VSTS?
  • In TFS, data is hosted on-premises, authentication is usually Windows authentication and Active Directory (AD) domain credentials, process customization with witadmin.exe is supported, and you can use SQL Server Reporting Services for integrated reports. In VSTS, data is hosted in the cloud, authentication is usually Microsoft Account or Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account credentials, process customization is supported through the web UI, and SSRS, Excel reports, and SharePoint dashboards aren’t supported. However, you can use a Power BI connector in VSTS for reports. Features are available sooner in VSTS than TFS. For more differences, check out our blog and the video on this page.
  • What do I gain when I move to VSTS?
  • Potential cost savings when not needing to host your own infrastructure and use resources for maintaining the servers. Accessibility to the newest features without manual setup. Peace of mind with no upgrades necessary and global availability. And many more!
  • What happens technically: What do I click to get into VSTS, and how do I get into the cloud?
  • According to the latest article on Visual Studio’s site, you can either manually copy everything up to the cloud (publish work items into VSTS via Excel, check-in the latest version of a TFVC repo, add a remote and push an existing Git repo), use a public API-based tool for a higher fidelity migration (with some limitations), or wait for the high fidelity database migration tool by Microsoft not yet available. Which option you choose depends on your organization’s needs and timeline for moving to the cloud.
  • Does VSTS support GIT?
  • Absolutely! We use it here at Northwest Cadence and it’s great to find the newest features for Git on VSTS.
  • What will VSTS cost me?
  • You’ll want to check out the Visual Studio website for full and updated pricing information.
  • How do I get started?
  • If you don’t already have a VSTS account, follow this link to get started for free and learn more about VSTS.
  • What do I do after I get VSTS?
  • Bookmark the Features Timeline for the newest features in VSTS, read Microsoft’s documentation on different topics, or check out the Northwest Cadence blog for interesting ramblings on VSTS and TFS.