How to delete orphan workspaces and shelvesets from TFS team collection database?

by XDK 20. December 2013 07:17

Todeleteorphanworkspaces.sql (2.93 kb)


To delete orphan workspaces.sql (2.93 kb)


Deleting a team project through tfsdeleteproject command will result making the associated workspaces and shelvesets as orphan records in TFS collection database. The collection database size may not reduce as expected even after team project delete. 

tfsdeleteproject /force /q /excludewss /collection:"<Collection Name>" "<Project Name>"


The attached script finds and deletes the workspaces\shelvesets that only have workspace\shelvesets mappings for projects that no longer exist and delete them. 

Please backup the collection database before you execute the script.

This script require TFS 2012 update 2 or newer

To delete orphan workspaces.sql (2.93 kb)

To delete orphan shelvesets.sql (2.58 kb)


Azure DevOps on-premises | SQL Server

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My name is Xavier Dilip Kumar Jayaraj having 16+ years of IT experience which includes solid experience and depth Knowledge in Application Life Cycle Management, Configuration Management, Implementation and Support using TFS on-premises and Azure DevOps. I have invested in gaining DevOps knowledege to expertise with Cloud Computing providers namely Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services in recent years. I am very positive to learn and adapt emerging technologies to client’s environment.

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