Upgrade Microsoft Project Server 2010 to Microsoft Project Server 2013

TFS 2015 | TFS 2013


TFS 2017 and later versions no longer support native integration with Microsoft Project Server. If you upgrade to TFS 2017 or want to use a third party option, see Synchronize TFS with Project Server.

You can upgrade to Microsoft Project Server 2013 from a Project Server 2010 deployment that integrates with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 (TFS) by following the instructions provided in this topic.


You cannot upgrade directly from Project Server 2007 to Project Server 2013. Instead, you first upgrade the app-tier and web-tier servers to Project Server 2010, then upgrade the required databases to Project Server 2013. For information about how to upgrade from Project Server 2007 to Project Server 2010, see the following resources on Microsoft TechNet:

Upgrade process

Upgrade Project Server 2010 to Project Server 2013

  • Follow the instructions provided on Microsoft TechNet (above) to upgrade your Project Server 2010 deployment.

Synchronize Project Server and Active Directory security groups

Set or verify database permissions

  • Add the service account of the web application pool for Project Server, and grant the following required permissions: Alter any Schema, Create Table, Delete, Execute, Insert, Select, and Update.

    See Assign permissions.

Add required accounts to security groups

  • Add user and service accounts to the required security groups.

    For more information, see Assign permissions.

Register the new PWA

  1. Open a Command Prompt window on a computer that has either Visual Studio or Team Explorer installed, and enter:

    cd %programfiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE  

    On a 64-bit edition of Windows, replace %programfiles% with %programfiles(x86)%.

  2. Enter the following command:

    TfsAdmin ProjectServer /RegisterPwa /tfs:TfsURL /previousPWA:URLFor2010 /PWA:URLFor2013  

    For more information, see Register an instance of PWA.

Update an existing installation
Synchronize TFS with Project Server