New TFS 2010 Power Tools Are Available! (March 2011 Power Tools)

מרץ 8, 2011

Brian Harry announced the release of new power tools (Click here to read it), each time I see a new power tools for TFS I get exited.

So what was changed in this release?

  1. Finally they have fixed the Backup/Restore wizard that was released in the last power tools, so we can safely use it.

  2. They have added new functionality to the power shell, I must say that I like this change the most in this release.

  3. They have added some build capabilities to the Command Line

  4. Bug Fixes


Note: for you convenience I have copied the Features Description

Have Fun!!!

Alerts Explorer

A plug-in to Visual Studio, Alerts Explorer provides a graphical user interface that supports flexible subscription of alerts based on check-in, work item change, or build completion.

Team Foundation Server Backups

Updated! The tool can schedule backups for the following databases that your deployment of Team Foundation Server uses:

  • the configuration database

  • the database for each team project collection

  • the databases that Team Foundation Server uses in conjunction with SharePoint Products, if your deployment includes integration with SharePoint Products

  • the databases that Team Foundation Server uses in conjunction with SQL Server Reporting Services, if your deployment includes reports

By using the restore wizard included with this tool, you can restore your entire deployment to new hardware, or selectively restore team project collections to an earlier point in time.

Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Best Practices Analyzer

To launch the Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Best Practices Analyzer, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Power Tools, point to Microsoft Visual Studio Best Practices Analyzer, and then click TfsBpa.exe.

Updated! A diagnostic tool with a graphical user interface that you can use to perform the following actions:

  • Verify that the deployment for Team Foundation Server is configured according to recommended best practices

  • Identify the source of problems in an unhealthy deployment.

  • Take a snapshot of the configuration of a deployment.

  • Obtain usage data about the volume of data stored or accessed in the past 14 days. Includes specific information about database tables that have a tendency to grow and that may need to be reduced in size.

Custom Check-in Policy Pack

A supplemental set of four custom check-in policies to use to enforce software development practices during the check-in process.

Process Editor

An add-in to the Tools menu, the Process Editor provides a graphical user interface for editing Team Foundation Server process templates inside the Visual Studio IDE. This tool also provides a GUI for viewing the values assigned to all fields defined in a project collection.

Team Explorer Enhancements

This tool provides additional Visual Studio menu options and functions to support finding files under version control by status or wildcard, opening a folder using Windows Explorer from the Source Control Explorer context menu, and labeling files and folders in Source Control Explorer.

Team Foundation Power Tool (TFPT.EXE) Tool

Updated! A command line tool that you can use to work with files and directories under version control, team projects, and work items. Some commands display a graphical user interface when run.

Team Members

An add-in to Team Explorer, this tool allows you to organize users into sub-teams and access a number of collaborative tools, such as IM and email, sharing of queries and links, and downloading and installation of custom Team Foundation components.

Windows PowerShell Cmdlets for Visual Studio Team System Team Foundation Server

This tool provides a Windows PowerShell interface that supports basic version control commands and a pipeline and glue to enable scripting.

Windows Shell Extensions

Updated! This tool provides integration with Windows Explorer and the common file dialogs. With this integration, you can perform many source control operations without having to run Visual Studio or a Team Foundation command-line tool.

Work Item Templates

This tool provides an add-in to the Team menu and a folder under each team project node in Team Explorer. With this tool, you can create, apply, capture, set, and organize default work item templates.

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  1. meysamמאי 5, 2011 ב 14:15

    tank you.
    I can't use power tool!
    I want to create combo box or list box etc.. or delete some filed that not require for my project for example
    Activity combo box in the Task form.
    how can i do?

  2. Eran Rusoמאי 15, 2011 ב 22:13

    Hi Meysam,

    You will need to use the "Process Editor" located in the "Tools" tab of the Visual Studio/Team Explorer when installing the Power Tools.

    Have Fun!!!