Despite there are some known issues with the first version of the TFS2010 Backup/Restore Tool, it has saved me already a lot of time during different TFS2010 assignments. Setting up manually a complete backup plan for all involved databases is not that straightforward for non-database-administrators. I also like the neat integration with the existing Team Foundation Administration Console.
Some other obstacles I encountered during the TFS2010 Backup configuration:
- System Check failed in the readiness check
TF255118: The Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interface could not be contacted on this computer
This failure was simply fixed by restarting the Windows Management Instrumentation service.
- Grant Backup Plan Permissions failed in the readiness check
Account “x” failed to create backups using path \\tfs2010\Backups 2010
This failure had nothing to do with security or permissions, but the error was simply caused by a space in the network path. The network backup path must not contain a space!
Note that you shouldn’t backup (yet) the SharePoint databases with the TFS2010 Backup/Restore Tool.
You can download the TFS2010 Backup/Restore Tool as part of the TFS2010 Power Tools (September 2010).