Cross domain usage of TFS Integration Platform

Whist trying to do a cross domain migration of some source between two TFS2010 servers, I got the less than helpful runtime exception

System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: activeWorkspace
at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Tfs2010VCAdapter.TfsUtil.CleanWorkspace(Workspace activeWorkspace)
at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Migration.Tfs2010VCAdapter.TfsVCMigrationProvider.ProcessChangeGroup(ChangeGroup group)

On checking the _tfsintegrationservice_<timestamp>.log I found the more useful

TFS::Authenticate : Caught exception : Microsoft.TeamFoundation.TeamFoundationServerUnauthorizedException: TF30063: You are not authorized to access —> System.Net.WebException: The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized.

The issue is that when you setup the migration you are prompted for credentials for the remote server, but the actual migration does no occur in the same thread as you setup the definitions, so it only has its local credentials and none for the remote system. Hence the 401 error.

There is no way to enter two sets of credentials within the Integration tool itself, but there is a workaround on Willy’s Cave. This is to place the remote credentials in the PC’s credential manager, this work fine for me