Team Foundation Server Power Tools December 2011

Microsoft Free

Power Tools are a set of enhancements, tools and command-line utilities that increase productivity of Team Foundation Server scenarios.

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by Bobby Barry | March 18 2014

I just want to see other people's reviews and it is forcing me to rate the product first! I've not used the tool.

by DevDan2014 | February 17 2014

This solved my problem. If you are after enforcing code-commenting, then download and install this program.
Add the new "policy" that is now available in Source control and restart Visual Studio.
Users now have to enter comments.

by Indu Venu711 | August 08 2013

I am trying to install this , but it always gives me an error "Error : 1001"

Can someone please help.

by Ali.Alikhani | June 28 2013

by Nagsen Meshram | June 05 2013

tfpt.exe workitem /update doesn't work. Anyone knows whom to contact?

by Sergio Parra | April 27 2013

Great set of tools! It makes all easier!

by BasantP | November 15 2012

This is nice tool and make TFS funtions easier..

by BruceP | November 07 2012

by Fabiano Batista | August 07 2012

I tested the backup tool feature, and it worked perfectly. Very handy tool.

by 吴慧锋 | August 02 2012

dose not work in vs 2012 rc, work with vs 2010 but can not edit Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2.0 - Preview 4

by GanganapalliPavanKumar | July 01 2012

It is very nice being able to edit XAML within the build process templates. This should be a common tool within Visual Studio. Thanks for doing this.

by smartellie | June 20 2012

Don't know why I cannot view the 78 reviews that others have written. Microsoft - get with the "app" process - we all expect to see other reviews before we buy a product...

by Gerald Bauer | June 15 2012

It is nice being able to edit XAML within the build process templates. This should be a common tool within Visual Studio. Thanks for doing this.

by Mr. Wharty | June 08 2012

Another must have add-in

Great tools for TFS...

by verma.nitin | May 17 2012

by Arvin_DJ | May 12 2012

Had to wrestle a bit to make things work (Think Backup tool permissions!)

On the whole though a very powerful set of tools that should be part and parcel of Visual Studio.

Hoping VS 11 / TFS 11 includes all of these as from RTM.

by ezien | May 08 2012

by Brandon Williams | April 26 2012

Nice tools.

by MartinIs2Fast | April 14 2012

I see problems with Team Members and Cisco Webex Connect version
I had to disable that feature (Team Members and Team Members Contact Synchronization)
Hope they fix it soon :(

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  • Would anyone know where the tool gets the list of Machines for Machine Health Check?
    1 Posts | Last post March 29, 2011
    • I have recently renamed my TFS machine but the tool tries to scan both of them. In other words, when I start the scan I can see Machine HealthCheck for both names of the computer. All the checks for the nonexistent, naturally, computer fail.
  • Error while creating TFS backup
    3 Posts | Last post March 29, 2011
    • I'm trying to create backup of TFS using this power tool. I m getting following error 
      Error	[ Backup Plan Verifications ] An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch.
      Error	[ Grant Backup Plan Permissions ] Grant failed for Server 'server'. 
      Error	[ Grant Backup Plan Permissions ] An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch.
      Error	[ Grant Backup Plan Permissions ] An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch.
      Error	[ Grant Backup Plan Permissions ] The task has been configured with an unsupported combination of account settings and run time options. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80041314). Verification failed to create backup using the backup path specified. Please make sure you have permissions on the backup folder.
      anybody can help. 
      thanks .. 
    • See these blog for known issues
    • We are facing the same issue, this was not present in previous version of TFS Power Tools, can it be related to the fact that our server is Windows 2003?
  • Can I block checkins with empty comments via Power Tools March 2011?
    1 Posts | Last post March 23, 2011
    • It looks like some of previous versions were able to do this, but what happened to that policy in that pack or what can I use instead?
  • Error TF248021 from Work Item Query Policy
    1 Posts | Last post March 22, 2011
    • We're seeing an error being thrown by the Work Item Query Policy when it is configured to use a hierarchical query.
      This appears similar to the problem encountered in
  • Team Members Issue
    1 Posts | Last post March 18, 2011
    • We're trying to use the Team Members feature of Power Tools. In TFS I'm an admin and everything seems to be working fine. After installing PowerTool on another team member machine and right-clicking on Team Members-->Personal Setting we get the error "object reference not set to an instance of an object". I this a permission issue? we tried to reinstall PowerTools without sucess.
  • Version says 2010
    1 Posts | Last post March 17, 2011
    • When I install the tfs power tools 2011 it says I am installing the 2010 version is this right?
  • Where to install?
    1 Posts | Last post March 17, 2011
    • Am I installing this on my desktop because I integrate into TFS thru VS2010?
      Do I install this on the Application Tier of the TFS server?
      Do I install this on the Data Tier of the TFS Server?
      Do I install this on the Build servers?
  • tbl_TfsTransactionLogMark
    3 Posts | Last post March 16, 2011
    • Does TFS Backup create a table for marking transaction, similar to the backup how-to using marked transaction on
      I'm testing both the Power Tool Backup and Maintenance Plan methods and just noticed the table tbl_TfsTransactionLogMark already created for TFS/ReportServer DBs backed up by Power Tool.
    • Hi anuhea - The backup tool automates the manual steps in the msdn document. The tool should create tbl_TfsTransactionLogMark table for you.
    • Thanks Marwa for clarification - will Analysis Service DB backup be included in the functionality in the future?
  • Using Work Item Templates in Web Access
    1 Posts | Last post March 14, 2011
    • Hello,
        I would like to know if it is possible to use the functionality offered by the Work Item Templates not only in the Team Explorer but in the Web Access as well. How is it works? From Where?
        thanks in advance!
  • Restore Failed for server
    1 Posts | Last post March 08, 2011
    • How would I resolve the below error? From some of the research I have viewed it tells me to change the regional settings under the user within the Registry?
      Exception Message: Restore failed for Server 'DEN100'.  (type FailedOperationException)
      Exception Data Dictionary:
      HelpLink.ProdName = Microsoft SQL Server
      HelpLink.BaseHelpUrl =
      HelpLink.LinkId = 20476
      HelpLink.ProdVer = 10.50.1600.1 ((KJ_RTM).100402-1539 )
      HelpLink.EvtSrc = Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.ExceptionTemplates.FailedOperationExceptionText
      HelpLink.EvtData1 = Restore
      HelpLink.EvtData2 = Server
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