Testing Backup/Restore Procedure Using the 180-Day Trial Version  
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luai7





PostPosted: Team Foundation Server - General, Testing Backup/Restore Procedure Using the 180-Day Trial Version Top

Hi,

We are currently evaluating TFS/TS. As part of our evaluation our system administrator need to practice the backup/restore procedure for TFS according to the documentation provided in MSDN.

Q1: If he performs a full backup for the TFS including (SQL Server DBs) and then format the PC, afterwards, he reinstalls Windows OS then TFS trial version again and finally restores the TFS backup (That contains our projects), will the evaluation period be restored to the point of time of the backup Is the backup valid in this case (By the way we are using a Single-Server Installation Structure)

Q2: Are full backups taken to TFS data of the 180-Day trial version applicable after we upgrade to the licensed version

Thanks in advance.



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Martin Woodward





PostPosted: Team Foundation Server - General, Testing Backup/Restore Procedure Using the 180-Day Trial Version Top

The following is my understanding, I have never actually tried this myself so please don't blame me if it goes wrong ;-)

Q1: The evaluation period is based on registry settings, not on data stored in the database. Therefore if you re-installed TFS the system would give you an extra 180 days. However, I'm not sure if that is strictly covered by the 180-day license agreement, but I'm not a lawyer :-). That said, it would be a better backup if you could restore your computer without having to re-install the operating system + applications etc. You may well need to do some magic with your backups because they are going onto a new instance of windows - it would be the same procedure that you would have to follow as if you were restoring to a different machine with the same name.

Q2: My understanding is yes.

Hope that helps.

Martin.


 
 
luai7





PostPosted: Team Foundation Server - General, Testing Backup/Restore Procedure Using the 180-Day Trial Version Top

Thanks Martin for your reply.

In fact, I am not trying to crack the 180-evaluation version, as I understand the legal and ethical implications of doing that. It is just that we need to start working on it officially 1-2 months before buying it so we need to be prepared for any unexpected events such as PC failures extra. Our system administrator will be taking nightly full-db backup just in case and we are sonehow worried that our real data (including source code) is not real valid after we restore the db or after we activate the purchased license/product keys.

Thanks Martin.

Luai.