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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 dscse | September 16 2015

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by podpolanec | January 27 2015

Thanks for this useful tool.

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by DsantanaBR | May 20 2014


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by Ohad Redlich | May 19 2014

I downloaded and tried to install, but then I get: Error 1334. The file 'AlertsExplorer.mht' cannot be installed .....

Am I the only one ?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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by Ali.Alikhani | June 28 2013

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by Nagsen Meshram | June 05 2013

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

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by Sergio Parra | April 27 2013

Great set of tools! It makes all easier!

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by BasantP | November 15 2012

This is nice tool and make TFS funtions easier..

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by BruceP | November 07 2012

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by Fabiano Batista | August 07 2012

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

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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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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by Mr. Wharty | June 08 2012

Another must have add-in

Great tools for TFS...

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by verma.nitin | May 17 2012

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  • 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
  • Installer is not digitally signed
    4 Posts | Last post March 06, 2011
    • How come installer is not digitally signed? Is it even safe to install?
      September 2010 and April 2010 versions were digitally signed.
    • Alex - can you check for me now by re-downloading?  If it is still showing up as unsigned can you let me know what browser version you are using and how you are testing for the signature?
    • Now it is ok. Thank you.
    • Great - thanks for letting me know Alex.
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Hotfix KB 2291453 compatibility
    2 Posts | Last post March 04, 2011
    • Hi.
      Thank you for TFS Power Tools March 2011.
      I am running:
      Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
      Visual Studio 2010 Premium (as Administrator)
      Office Communicator 3.5.6907.221 (as Administrator)
      But the status icon of myself and another Team Member is not accurate.
      It shows up as white, indicating the contact is offline, but this is not true.
      Other team members' status show up without issues.
      I believe this started happening since installing the latest Office Communicator 3.5.6907.221 from here:
      The other team member also installed the hotfix.
      Any ideas?
      Thank you.
    • We found out that we have to remove the "IM User" and "Email" field values in "Team Members > Personal Settings > Instant Messaging" in order for other member statuses to be accurate.  But I still cannot see my own status, but this may be by design.
  • Version listing
    3 Posts | Last post March 03, 2011
    • Is there somewhere to see what version (i.e. Sept 2010) of the power tools we have? or do we have to download the installer just to see if it's the latest?
    • Add/Remove program with display the version number (3.1.30831.0 for september).
      That is the only place I know where this info can be found.
    • You can also look in Visual Studio > Help > About.
      You will find "Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Power Tools   3.1.30831.0"
  • Find in Source Control - Compare Feature
    1 Posts | Last post February 09, 2011
    • Could it be possible to have a right-click option in the Find in Source Control screen to go and compare the currently identified file or files to another one?  This would be useful for us to see the on-going changes between two teams.
  • Unable
    1 Posts | Last post January 27, 2011
    • When I try to backup TFS it gives me the error below on the last step.
      I dont understand since in the account I put a global domain account with full permissions...
      Could you give me a hint? Thanks 
      Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.FailedOperationException: Backup failed for Server 'swsourcecontrol'.  ---> Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common.ExecutionFailureException: An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch. ---> System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Cannot open backup device '\\backup\TFS\Tfs_Configuration_20110127125031.bak'. Operating system error 1808(The account used is a computer account. Use your global user account or local user account to access this server.).
  • How to know the starting branch configuration
    1 Posts | Last post January 26, 2011
    • When I create a new branch in TFS, I have to pick one of three choices: branch from the latest version, date, or changeset. But, after the branch is created, I lose track of what option did I pick and what value. For example: If I branched from changeset, how can I find the changeset number after the branch is created?
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