Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools


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 Perticai | August 21 2014

Great tool.
It would be great if also the cheked-out date was shown in the status and wildcard search result.

by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

by Christiaan Rakowski | July 03 2014

by Eddie Parker | May 09 2014

Great tool, absolutely need it. However, can you fix tfpt uu to:

- do /noget by default? (changing the client state as a default is a bad idea)
- Support uu for merged files. I have merges that aren't different (at the binary level) yet uu ignores it.

by Ralph Jansen | March 07 2014

by SouravKundu | January 31 2014

When I installed VS 2013 and did not find the clone build and wildcard find option I wasn't happy at all. These are nice little productivity tools. TFPT provides that and a lot of other work item modification capabilities. A must have for any TFS Admin!

by Christian Haeussler | January 31 2014

This Tools make the TFS Administration until complete!

by AntonioBakula | January 21 2014

by akfi | January 06 2014

Its completion of TFS...

by feelingsofwhite | December 13 2013

Why is the PowerShell Cmdlets not installed by default?(!) PowerShell FTW! Looks like tfpt spackles over some of the gaps in TF.exe, looking forward to it

by Bin Liu | December 10 2013

I would expect someone from the Tools Team respond to posted questions within reasonable time frame (my question was posted on 12/02/2013 with specific info. No response more than one week later).

by Kazuhiko_Kondo | November 01 2013

by phecht_wescom | October 30 2013

When installing, it would be nice if it uninstalled "The Windows Shell extension" from a previous version automatically.

I basing the five stars on previous versions on TFPT. I just installed Visual Studio 2013 and need these tools. I'm assuming they have the "it just works" quality that the 2010/12 version had.

by Alexandr Shamray | October 13 2013

by Hamid Shahid | September 25 2013

Excellent. Works well with Visual Studio 2013 RC client and TFS 2012.

by Mahmoud Samara | September 24 2013

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  • Error when calling tfpt createproject from TFS team build
    1 Posts | Last post Tue 3:07 PM
    • Hi,
      when I try to use TFTP.exe from a TFS Team Build to create team projects I get the following error:
       System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x8001010A): The message filter indicated that the application is busy. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8001010A (RPC_E_SERVERCALL_RETRYLATER))
           at EnvDTE80.DTE2.get_DTE()
           at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.PowerTools.CommandLine.TeamProjectCreator.CreateProject()
      I'm using Visual Studio 2013 with the latest updates and also the latest version of the Power Tools.
      Any suggestions how to solve this issue?
      Best regards, Christoph
  • Problem with Power Tools 2013.
    4 Posts | Last post September 15, 2014
    • Hello guys, 
      I have Team Explorer 2013 installed and installed Power Tools 2013 also. However, when I try to change something using Process Editor, no window opens. Ie, nothing happens, no error message and does not open the window for me to proceed with the customization necessary. 
      Has anyone experienced this and know how to solve?
    • I am experiencing the same thing.  I have tried uninstalling TFS 2013 power tools many times and Process Editor is still not working (opening).  No window opened up, no message, whatsoever.  If I uninstalled TFS 2013 power tool, the process editor is also removed from VS2013 which i assume is correct.  Can someone help or chime in on potential solutions?
    • Probably the same problem for me. Received an error after clicking "Open WIT from Server" the first time, and after that nothing happens. No errors or response, even after restart. 
    • I have the same problem where nothing happens after clicking Export WIT or anything else in Process Editor
  • Clone build is missing
    6 Posts | Last post August 27, 2014
    • We are using TFS 2012 update 3 and VS 2013 update 1 and Windows 8.x. The clone build option is not visible in the IDE.
      The process editor and tfpt clone works fine.
    • I have TFS 2013 and VS Update 1 and clone builds is missing for me too. I have tried to reinstall with no success.
    • It turns out that the option is not visible if the Build tab is undocked from Team Explorer. Re-docking got it back.
    • Oh wow, it would have taken me forever to figure this out. Thanks.
      Hopefully it gets fixed.
      In the meantime, there's the command-line alternative:
      tfpt builddefinition /clone source target
    • Well now we updated to tfs 2013 update 2 and vs 2013 update 2 on win 8.1. I have undocked and docked again but still no clone build.
    • Kim Carlsen - I have the same issue as you: Win8.1 pro, both 2013 update 2 and I can't clone. However I have a co-worker who has the option visible he upgraded from his 8.0 and also has 2012 installed.
  • Error 1721.
    1 Posts | Last post August 21, 2014
    • Hello, I have a user that is trying to install this and he gets an "Error 1721. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package..." message. Does anyone know what can be causing this?
  • Download not working for me
    2 Posts | Last post August 18, 2014
    • Hi, when I click the Download button above, nothing happens. Can I get some troubleshooting help? Thanks.
    • Try to disable any ad-or script-blocking browser addons or check another browser. :)
  • Errors about missing Rules when Running TfsBpaCmd.exe
    1 Posts | Last post August 06, 2014
    • Hi,
      I get Errors about missing Rules when I run the Commandline Version of the BPA, are these Normal?
      Error (Rule name 'DoConfig_szConfigDBInstance' referenced by rule 'DoConfig_MachineHealthCheck0_HCDotNetFrameworkInfo_CLRInstalls_FrameworkWebConfig_fApplicationIdIncorrect' in input file is not defined) in format of rules in configuration file.
  • Best Practices Analyzer can't determine connection string
    3 Posts | Last post August 06, 2014
    • I can't get the Best Practices Analyzer to work. It always gives me the following warning messages (both are nearly the same):
      Cannot determine the connection string for a team project collection.
      Team Foundation Server 2010 Best Practices Analyzer was unable to determine the connection string for team project collection "DefaultCollection".
      (Why does it name itself 2010? Its version 2013!)
      Cannot determine the connection string for a team project collection.
      The connection string for the following team project collections cannot be determined: "DefaultCollection".
      I only have this single team project collection on the server. All other tools work fine, it's just the Best Practices Analyzer that won't work. Please advise.
    • Manuel,
      We would like to investigate your issue. Could you please send me your BPA scan to ewald_dot_hofman_at_microsoft_dot_com?
      Sorry for the inconvenience.
    • I also have this Warning, any Update on this?
  • Bypass gated checkin
    1 Posts | Last post August 04, 2014
    • Hi,
      How can I bypass a gated checkin with the PowerShell commands?
      I want to use the New-TfsChangeset command and I see an override option but that is for checkin policy overrides... I want a Bypass for the gated checkin.
      Does someone have a suggestion? Is it even possible with the powershell commands?
  • How to disable green arrow icon overlay?
    3 Posts | Last post July 29, 2014
    • Hi, my assets in tfs are images and I need to take screenshots of these images from Windows Explorer. Is there anyway to remove the green arrow added by Power Tools?
    • You could uninstall the Explorer integration of the tool which is not ideal since you lose the functionality along with the icons.
      The overlay handlers for ShellIcons are registered here:
      Removing the keys under that node that are related to tfs will likely make the icons go away.  You will almost certainly have to reboot.
      Usually programs will include an option to disable overlays but I couldn't find that option for the TFS Power Tools.
      Hope that helps.
    • Yeah I wish there was a toggle to turn off the overlay when I need the screenshot to be clean. Or like Dropbox and OneDrive, give you the option to "exit" the program so that the overlay is also gone.
      Thanks a lot for the registry path!
  • right-click menu on work item after query is slow to open
    1 Posts | Last post July 28, 2014
    • hi, think I've found a bug. When I open a query and then right click on a work item (e.g. a bug), the context menu doesn't immediately open and hangs VS2013 until something times out. 
      As a workaround I've uninstalled the "visual studio integration" feature of tfpt and it's quick again. Cheers
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