Upgrade the Build Server was not successful

by Ewald Hofman 27. April 2010 12:27

After upgrading the TFS server and the build server, everything seemed fine until I fired the first upgraded build. When you upgrade a build, you use the UpgradeTemplate, which basically has only one activity which is to fire off the MSBuild with the TFSBuild.proj you used also in TFS 2008.

When I fired my build, I got the following error:

TF270000: The TFSBuild workflow activity cannot continue because it requires a build targets file that is version 3 or higher. The version of the current build targets file is 2. To fix this problem, log on to build machine TFS2008_BS, open Control Panel, and run Repair on Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 to reinstall the appropriate version of C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\TeamBuild\Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets.

Of course I tried to repair the installation, but that did not solve the issue.


What is happening is that TFS 2010 uses an updated Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets file in C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\TeamBuild. In my installation this file was not updated, also not in the repair (that is why you should repair the installation: it will replace the targets file).

The solution in my case was to manually replace the targets file with the 2010 one, which is attached to this post.

There is also a Connect bug on this issue, please vote on this if you have the problem too: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/542413/tfsbuild-fails-because-target-file-is-wrong-version

Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets (85 KB)


Team Build | VSTS 2010


2/9/2011 1:39:48 AM #


When upgrading from a previous version of Team Foundation Server, there are some software infrastructure pieces you may have to upgrade, of which you should be aware.Team Foundation Server 2010 requires SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 for the database backend. If you are going to be using the reporting pieces of Team Foundation Server 2010, then you will also need to install SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services and SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services. If you are running SQL Server 2005 as the backend of your current system, you will need to update SQL Server appropriately.

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