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delete a customer attribute do not activefor old work item

bin qi (612120) | asked Aug 12 '11, 4:22 a.m.
I want to delete a customer attribute for a type of work item
so I delete the work item definition,and apply it for existing item,but can not found any item influenced
and open a old item ,the customer attribute still there
but create a new item,the customer attribute is not there
How to delete a customer attribute from a old work item?
just like add a new customer attribute can effect the old one.

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Lauren Hayward Schaefer (3.3k11427) | answered Apr 12 '13, 7:04 a.m.
Hopefully you found a solution!  In case others are searching for a solution, there is a great article that explains all of the ins and outs of updating your process configuration:  The article has a section on removing work item attributes.

Ralph Schoon commented Apr 12 '13, 7:13 a.m.

And the article states that you can't remove old attribute values from the database as of today. This has been discussed several times on this forum already. One suggestion to get the old attribute out of the way is to rename it to something like zzz_OldName(deprecated). I think you have to do that before you delete the attribute itself.

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