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Copy a Project Area (Sources history and workItems) to a different RTC server

Shy Matza (2111) | asked Mar 06 '14, 8:52 a.m.
We have a project areas in a CSnext server with version 3.0 that will be soon deleted.
We need to copy it over to our RTC server, which is version 4.0.4, while keeping the history and workitem links.

Is this possible and if so, how?


sam detweiler commented Mar 06 '14, 11:23 a.m.

 there is no supported mechanism to do this easily.. 

because the two servers cannot talk directly, to get source history you must use Distributed SCM with a machine in the middle.. 
two 3.0 machines,  duplicate streams and workspaces  from CSNext to the temp machine
upgrade temp machine to 4.0.4
duplicate streams and workspaces from temp machine to new system project area.

workitems you can export/import, but you will lose the history, links, and lots of other things..
we wrote some utilities to do all this..  
Mine copies the project structure, steams and workspaces
export/import copies the workitems (no history)
my colleagues fixes all the links, approvals, attachments, in workitems. 

3.0 to 3.0 stream and workspace copy is slow (took 30+ hours for 300 user workspaces).. same content copied 4.0.4 to 4.04 took 37 minutes!

the total process with a select set of workspaces took a total of 26  hours. 

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Stephanie Bagot (2.1k1513) | answered Mar 06 '14, 8:57 a.m.
We store data in blobs, so there is no way to extract certain project areas and import them into a new server. Additionally, since you are running different versions, exporting any data would most likely fail.

You can take a partial approach, which would be exporting the process template and importing it into your new server, than exporting the work items to CSV and import them in as well.
However, this will not completely suffice your request.

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Piotr Aniola (3.7k11738) | answered Mar 06 '14, 8:58 a.m.
There is an enhancement to cover this functionality:

Unfortunately, planned for backlog

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