Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

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

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2013
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4/13/2015
12.1.00402.0
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by John Olsen | March 16 2015

Installing power tools kills explorer. Sometimes when I start up my computer Explorer crashes and restarts. Sometimes I boot with nothing but a black screen and a mouse pointer (no start menu, no nothing).

Uninstalling power tools fixes everything.

Based on other reviews, interference with explorer has been reported multiple times. I look forward to a fix so this package will be worth installing instead of being a huge waste of time.

by keith.ndb | March 05 2015

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT INSTALL TFS Power Tools if you often hibernate or sleep your computer. A few minutes after resuming your computer, TFS Power Tools will cause Windows Explorer to respond very slowly and often hang. Event Viewer will show hundreds of warnings and errors from TFSShellExt per minute since the time your computer was resumed. If you are quick enough you can open Task Manager and kill the TFS processes and wait a couple of minutes for Windows to return to normal, otherwise you'll have to restart your computer.

This problem has been discussed online and reported to the TFS Power Tools Team and still nothing has been done about it. Despite being a great tool otherwise, any productivity you would have gained by using it is voided by that nasty bug.

by dbo.ting | January 29 2015

by СђrΐsτσρhΞr ScЋδlτξη | January 21 2015

Whilst the functionality is useful, this plugin invariably causes Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) process to run at 100% CPU, effectively rendering the PC unusable until Explorer is killed. Whatever the problem, it needs to be fixed.

by Altieri Pereira | November 18 2014

Esta ferramenta ajuda muito em tarefas diárias na administração do Team Foundation Server, como backups agendados.

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

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  • Reload .wit file when I change witd .xml file
    1 Posts | Last post April 22, 2015
    • When I'm editing a Work Item Definition usually I use both Process Editor Extension and an Text Editor. If I change the .xml file of a work item, I want the VS detect that change and reload file, as they do with an .cs file for exemple.
      
      Anyway, is possible to open source the TF PT source code? Or even just part of them?
      
      cheers
  • Do the Windows Shell Extensions add any columns to Explorer?
    1 Posts | Last post April 22, 2015
    • Does the "Windows Shell Extensions" portion of this product add any new/different columns to the Explorer shell? 
      
      For example, say I want to see Last Check-in Comment or something like that.
  • VS2013 - Install Issues
    1 Posts | Last post April 21, 2015
    • The install runs without error, but when I look at extensions the TFS Process Template Editor and TFS Work Item Designer are there (but the icon is black and white, i.e. greyed out).  And there is no entry for the actual TFS Power Tools VS2103.
      
      Any help will be appreciated.  I really need to get this working so I can clone builds.  I have 10-15 that I have to created, and more to come in the future. Without cloning the process will take a lot longer.
  • Made my system unuseable after resuming windows.
    9 Posts | Last post April 15, 2015
    • I'm using Win8.1. VS2013 Pro.  After installing version: 12.0.60919.00 and coming out of hibernation, my system was kept so busy with hard disk activity that I had to power off/on to get back it.  I inspected the Event log and saw several TFSShellExt alternating Error/Warning messages per minute.  I got work to do so I just uninstalled it, I do not have time to figure out why.
    • Exact same issue here.
    • I'm seeing this too, first with Win8.1 RC then with fresh install of Win8.1. I'm pretty sure I saw it before with Win8.0, but not nearly so frequently. Explorer busies-out the CPU and gobbles all available memory; if you can get Task Manager open in time you can kill Explorer.exe and recover, but it's quite inconvenient!
      
      The event log is full of TFSShellExt errors and warnings, just as Byron Adams notes.
      
      This smells a lot like the problem brilliantly diagnosed and documented by Martin Kulov over two years ago, coming down to an incorrect implementation of the IDisposable pattern in TfsComProvider.Core.TfsCache.CachedServer, in which Finalize() calls Dispose(), but Dispose() is referencing managed objects that have already been cleaned up, resulting in a null reference exception:
      
      http://blog.kulov.net/2011/09/tfscomprovidersvr-has-stopped-working.html
      
      I'm sure this specific bug has been fixed by now, but could there be something similar lurking in the codebase?
      
    • The same issue after resuming from hibernation these days. Even keyboard/mouse stop working. But I found Remote Desktop from other computer can change current desktop into login screen, and keyboard/mouse works there. (But the Remote Desktop client still cannot get into the desktop) I choose to restart at login screen. That's better than power reset...
    • I found a way to kill exploere.exe from remote computer, using 
      "taskkill /s (ip) /im explorer.exe" (From Windows 8) or "tskill explorer /server:(ip) /a /v" (from Windows 7). But I only use it twice, it seems need to connect Remote Desktop too...?
      
      Just found this tool has update at 2014/4/3, but not seem from VS update notification... I have tried install new version and resume once... Not eating memory this time... Hope it's been fixed...
    • This tool update to 12.1.00402.0 at 5/13, but the download file seems just the same with previous one... And problem still the same...
      I found another workaround, run msi - Modify - uncheck Windows Shell Extension (x64) then restart...
    • This tool update to 12.1.00402.0 at 6/10... The version is just the same as previous one... And I had download it... File size is the same too... Don't know what's changed...
    • This tool update to 12.1.00402.0 at 6/30... AGAIN!!! The version is just the same as previous one... And I had download it... File size is the same too... Don't know what's changed...
    • This tool update to 12.1.00402.0 at 2015/4/31... AGAIN!!!!!! The file content are just all the same... Still waiting for the "Windows Shell Extension" (and VS 2015 support) feature...
  • Support Visual Studio 2015 Preview
    3 Posts | Last post April 15, 2015
    • Thanks for this power tools. Recently I'm trying VS2015 Preview. The only problem stop me from using it regularly is it doesn't support our TFS's "Custom Path Policy". So please release a new version for VS 2015 Preview...Thanks... Or you can open source it like others too...
    • Please support VS 2015 RC...
    • Please support VS 2015 CTP6...
  • TFS Shell Extension - Value cannot be null.
    1 Posts | Last post April 08, 2015
    • Using TFS 2013 w/Update 4 On-Premise, 2013 Power Tools - Update 2 (12.1.00402.0), Team Explorer for MS VS 2013 (12.0.21005.13) on a 64-bit Windows 7 OS.
      
      I've been trying to resolve this on my own for several weeks with no success.  If I attempt to perform a Check-In or Undo... I get an error: Value cannot be null.  Parameter name: key
      
      I can perform Get Selected Item(s), Add and it seems like all of the other commands except for Check-In and Undo...
      
      I've uninstalled all previous Power Tools and Team Explorers, reinstalled only the 2013 versions and reordered the icon overlays to make sure the TFS Shell Extension icons are loaded first.  Icons work great, everything except for Check-In and Undo... from the Explorer Shell.  I have to go into Visual Studio in order to perform Check-In and Undo...
      
      Any guidance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I only saw one other person mention this issue (below) but no resolution was posted.
      
      Thanks,
      George
  • Does MS VS TFS 2013 Power Tools installation needs a reboot
    2 Posts | Last post March 12, 2015
    • Hi,
      
      I just wanted to check if reboot is required after the installation of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools
    • I tried myself and installation of MS Visual Studio TFS 2013 Power tools does not a reboot.
  • Icon overlay
    1 Posts | Last post March 10, 2015
    • If I execute my x64 explorer replacer I see either the overlay icons and the contextual menu of Team Foundation Server Power tools, if I execute the x86 version I see nothing.
      
      I need to work with the x86 version of this program. How can I make the icons and menu appear?
      
      The explorer replacer tool is Total commander but the behaviour is the same with other replacers too.
      The OS is Windows 8.1.
  • Pass Credentials from command
    1 Posts | Last post March 06, 2015
    • Hi,
      i am using Team Foundation Power Tools form my custom application. On some stage i run below command:
      tfpt online /adds /deletes /diff /noprompt /recursive "{path}"
      When this command is running every time i get asked for credentials to connect with TFS. Is there any option to pass these credentials as parameters in command or some other way? I wanted to run my application in schedule every day, and this issue stops me from doing it.
      
      Thanks.
  • Error on Install "The WIndows Shell Extension component..."
    1 Posts | Last post February 16, 2015
    • Complete error is "The Windows Shell Extension component cannot be installed side-by-side with previous versions.  In order to continue, you must deselect that feature, or cancel this installation, uninstall the previous Windows Shell Extension and restart this installation.
      
      Can someone tell me what to look for to uninstall?  
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