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 Fatal System Error | August 25 2015

Best Tool to configure the WI Template.
Waiting for VS2015 Tool update too ;)

by Matthias Friedrich | August 18 2015

by Lucas Mendes Pereira | August 17 2015

Simply amazing!
Awaiting the Power Tools for VS 2015... ;)

by 飞9090 | August 10 2015

when tfs2015 power tools ?

by LPMarc | July 03 2015

Especially the extension for Windows Explorer makes our work much easier: you don't have to change between VS and Explorer when working with many files.

by Philippe.mi | June 01 2015

Good, especially to clone a build definition but FIX the problem of hanging of the Explorer process when leaving the hibernate mode!!!

by osman pirci | May 18 2015

Please fix the bug that causes Solution Explorer crash

by phanboy4 | May 15 2015

As others have noted, the (extremely useful) Explorer shell extension has a bug that causes explorer to hang or crash. Needs an update.

by Roy Mayfield | April 29 2015

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 30 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 04 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!

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  • TFS Shell Extension - Value cannot be null.
    2 Posts | Last post Tue 2:46 PM
    • 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.
    • Was there any resolution to this.  I'm having the same issue, and there doesn't seem to be an understanding as to root cause.
  • devenv.exe /tfslink is broken
    1 Posts | Last post Tue 1:41 AM
    • VS 2013 update 5
      devenv.exe /tfslink is broken.
      The 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.TeamFoundation.TeamFoundationHost, Microsoft.VisualStudio.TeamFoundation, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' package did not load correctly.The problem may have been caused by a configuration change or by the installation of another extension.
          <time>2015/11/24 00:44:30.348</time>
          <description>Construction of frame content failed.&#x000D;&#x000A;Frame identifier: ST:0:0:{131369f2-062d-44a2-8671-91ff31efb4f4}&#x000D;&#x000A;Frame caption: Team Explorer - Home&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception details:&#x000D;&#x000A;System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop.IVsShell5.LoadPackageWithContext(Guid&amp; packageGuid, Int32 reason, Guid&amp; context)&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Platform.WindowManagement.WindowFrame.GetPackage()&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Platform.WindowManagement.WindowFrame.ConstructContent()</description>
  • Cannot find tfpt.exe
    2 Posts | Last post October 30, 2015
    • I've installed the 2013 Power Tools and can't seem to find tfpt.exe.  I've searched all folders under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 12.0 and C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools with no luck.
      Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    • Did you search here:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools\TFPT.EXE
  • Error while updating TFS WIT
    1 Posts | Last post October 05, 2015
    • I am getting error while trying to make any changes to TFS workflow through Power tool.  Recently we have upgraded TFS from TFS 2012 to TFS 2013.  I was using Power tool without any issues in TFS 2012, but it started failing with below error when I tried to make any changes in TFS 2013.  Please let me know which version  I should use.
      I am running Power Tool in Visual Studio 2012 and have installed Power Tools below version on my machine.
      Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Power Tools  (version : 11.0.60507.0)
      Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools - Update 2  (12.1.00402.0) 
      Microsoft Visual Studio
      Failed to save the 'Product Backlog Item' Work Item Type to the server.
      TF223006: You cannot modify the definition of a work item tracking object with your version of command-line tools as they are not compatible with the Web services for Team Foundation Server. Contact your system administrator to determine how to upgrade your installation of Team Explorer to a version compatible with Team Foundation Server.
  • Modification to Power Tools Windows Explorer Icons
    1 Posts | Last post September 24, 2015
    • Is there a way to modify the default Power Tool icons displayed in Windows Explorer?  For example, the pencil icon indicating an edit is too subtle to be noticed.  Previous source control tools I have used have displayed the equivalent icon in red making it clear that you modified the file.  Also, there is no difference between the pencil icon that the file is locked and that the file has been modified.
      Another feature of a previous source control tool that I have used is that the top level folder indicates if any files beneath it have been modified.  This is useful to know if you have modified anything in the file structure beneath.
  • Made my system unuseable after resuming windows.
    10 Posts | Last post September 21, 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:
      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...
    • TFS Power Tools 2015 has no issue on "Windows Shell Extension" by my experience. I have VS 2015 installed. I don't know whether you can install 2015's "Windows Shell Extension" if you don't have VS 2015 installed. Anyone can give it a try and report here.
  • Add support for creaing git projects
    1 Posts | Last post September 10, 2015
    • Hello team,
        With support of Git projects in TFS2013 and unavailability of REST api for TP creation for 2013 it seems the only viable option for automatic project creation is your 2013 Power Tools.
        Unfortunately you have not yet updated it, although it seems pretty trivial and low-cost - just to add this value in validation of input xml and command-line option:
      private const string CSccCreateTypeNewGitRepo = "NewGitRepo";
      Unfortunately I cannot do it myself as project is not open-source.
      with hope you do this very soon,
  • tpft workitem: Filter fields
    1 Posts | Last post September 03, 2015
    • I'd like to see more options to view fields with tfpt workitem.
      Currently, one can use tfpt workitem <id>, but it outputs every single field and field value. if I'm interested in only certain fields in a list (not tabular) format, I would like to specify those to only have those reported.
      For example, to list only titles:
      tfpt workitem %id% /collection:%uri% /fields:title
      To list attachments:
      tfpt workitem %id% /collection:%uri% /attachments
      or maybe: tfpt workitem /listattachments %id% /collection:%uri%
  • Power tools for Visual Studio 2015
    17 Posts | Last post August 27, 2015
    • Is there a release date for this same set of tools for Visual Studio 2015... Specifically the windows Shell integration, this is a fabulous tool and would love to have it in Visual Studio 2015. 
    • +1
      Need this for 2015 for VS Shell integration.
      Tools > Process Editor > ?  What?...not there. 
      Ouch! Need this.
    • I'm also awaiting the 2015 version of this fabulous tool! The extension for Windows 
      Explorer is making work so much easier!
    • +1.  I'm surprised we haven't seen a beta of TFPT 2015 by now.
    • +1 VS2015 has now RTM'd and still no compatible TFS Power Tools :(
    • Just got a response from Brian Harry. He said they're working on the 2015 version of the tools right now and should be released within the month.
    • Hope it can resolve previously reported "Made my system unuseable after resuming windows" issue. The "Windows Shell Extension" feature makes explorer.exe to eat a lot of memory after resume from hibernation.
    • How is the VS 2015 support coming along. Is the timeline still this month?
    • Mid August and still no Power Tools for 2015. Really need it! Any update anyone?
    • Glad to hear that you are busy working on the 2015 version of these tools.  Thanks guys and keep up the good work :)
    • He everyone, just wondering if there is any update on these tools for VS2015 yet?  We're really missing them over here!
    • Kilpatick told that Brian Harry will be releasing in a month... exactly a month ago.... I am getting desperate to get this for VS 2015.
    • Any updates regarding VS 2015 support? Is the source code available?
    • Also anxiously awaiting the 2015 version. It's been a while since VS came out now... any updates or a timeline for when we can expect a release!?
    • So... +1
      Any idea? 
    • I'm also anxiously waiting for the VS2015 version of the power tools.
    • VS 2015 version is now live - 
      Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2015 Power Tools
  • VS don't see Power Tools
    2 Posts | Last post August 17, 2015
    • I installed Power Toos, but VS don't see this. 
      I’ve tried to restart VS many times, tried to restart my PC and tried to reinstall PowerTools, nothing helps.
    • Wich version of Visual Studio are you using? This version is for VS2013
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