You can’t use WITADMIN on versions older than TFS 2010



I encountered a bit of a red herring today when I was trying to rename a Work Item Type Definition (WITD) and received the message that you can’t use WITADMIN on versions older than TFS 2010. However the server was TFS 2010.

I am onsite in London this week doing a migration from TFS 2010 and Perforce to Visual Studio Online (VSO) and hit a confusing error message. My Surface only has Visual Studio 2013 installed so I am calling the 2013 version of WITADMIN against the TFS 2010 server. Since TFS 2010 is fully supported this should work with no issues. However instead of working I got a strange message:


witadmin.exe : You cannot change the display name of a work item type. The feature is not supported on versions earlier than Team Foundation Server 2010.

What do you mean visions older than TFS 2010! This is TFS 2010 dam it… so I bit the bullet and spun up my TFS 2012 box that has Visual Studio 2012 and the 2012 version of WITADMIN.


And lo and behold I got the very same message. This made me think that there was something wrong with the TFS server. The server was a native 2010 (no upgrades) so there should be no issues. I logged onto the server to take a look and what did I find? TFS2012 RTM.

So.. First things first I need to update the server. I will be using the TFS Integration Tools to move to VSO, OpsHub do not support changing Team Project name, but its so much easier when you have the same process template and I really need to update it. I was thinking of updating strate to 2013 but that would require an upgrade of SQL Server. I thought of upgrading to TFS 2012 but that would require a Service Pack for SQL Server. The least dangerous option in the end was to apply TFS 2010 Service Pack 1…


And after the upgrade?


Now I can run WITADMIN commands again.

You should always make sure that you have the latest version of whatever software that you want to use to make sure that you get compatibility with the tools. Even if you can’t upgrade a full version you should never have less than TFS 2010 SP1, TFS 2012.4, or TFS 2013.2.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

These are the next five classes we have, and you can check out our full public schedule of classes.

Live Virtual Professional Scrum Product Owner online 5th June 2023
5-8 Jun, 2023
09:30-13:30 BST
4 half-days
Live Virtual PAL Evidence-Based Management Online on 19th June 2023
19-20 Jun, 2023
09:00-13:00 BST
2 half-days
APS 19th June 2023
19-22 Jun, 2023
09:00-13:00 EDT
4 half-days
Live Virtual Professional Scrum Master Online on 26th June 2023
26-29 Jun, 2023
09:00-13:00 EDT
4 half-days

We can deliver any of our courses as private in-house training over Microsoft Teams & Mural. We also recommend training based on your accountabilities or role, you can go directly to recommended courses for Scrum MastersProduct OwnersDevelopers and Agile Leaders.

Create a conversation around this article

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin

Related Courses

No items found

Read more

Martin Hinshelwood Why do you encourage people to follow a certification path in their career journey? I would encourage you to follow a scrum certification path for the same reason that people go to university. The same reason that people do any course or certification. It gets you a foot in …
Martin Hinshelwood What will you learn on the PSM II course? There are two main things that most scrum masters will learn on the PSM II or Advanced Professional Scrum Master course. That they haven’t been working effectively as a scrum master to date. That they are there to empower and …
Martin Hinshelwood
In Scrum Events across the world, I hear repeated the phrase “that’s how agile works” when describing behaviours that are both unprofessional and the very opposite of an agile mindset. These behaviours will inhibit agility and are a result of a lack of understanding of the underlying principles. We need …
Martin Hinshelwood What is the most common Aha moment people have in a scrum course? It depends on the scrum course they are attending. The content presented in the Applying Professional Scrum (APS) course leads to very different epiphanies when compared to the content presented on an Advanced Professional Scrum Master …


We believe that every company deserves high quality software delivered on a regular cadence that meets its customers needs. Our goal is to help you reduce your cycle time, improve your time to market, and minimise any organisational friction in achieving your goals.

naked Agility Limited is a professional company that offers training, coaching, mentoring, and facilitation to help people and teams evolve, integrate, and continuously improve.

We recognise the positive impact that a happy AND motivated workforce, that has purpose, has on client experience. We help change mindsets towards a people-first culture where everyone encourages others to learn and grow. The resulting divergent thinking leads to many different ideas and opportunities for the success of the organisation.