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 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!

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  • tpft workitem: Filter fields
    1 Posts | Last post 12:52 AM
    • 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
  • Instant Message to developer in TFS
    1 Posts | Last post August 13, 2015
    • How to send a message to a member of development team with this tool? I was looking, but couldn't get it...
  • TFS Power Tools 2015
    1 Posts | Last post August 10, 2015
    • Hello!
      Does anyone know if you already have the TFS Power Tools for Visual Studio 2015?
  • VS2015?
    1 Posts | Last post August 10, 2015
    • I know you are reading this board, but just in case you missed it: Any news about the VS2015 version? 
      VS2015 is unusable for us (in my company) without this plugin... not to pressure you... 8-D
      Can you give us some notice that it's coming soon, please? 8-)
  • Provider using VS 2015 ?
    1 Posts | Last post August 05, 2015
    • Dear Power tools Team,
      When can we expect to see MSSCCI Provider using VS2015 ? for SQL 2014 Management Studio ?
      Regards Dat.
  • VS 2015 support?
    1 Posts | Last post July 13, 2015
    • Are there plans to support Visual Studio 2015?  We've been relying on the comment checkin policy for years.  Without a version for VS 2015, I have to override the checkin policy on every checkin, which to say the least, is getting old.  FWIW we're still stuck on TFS 2012.  We may be moving to TFS 2015 later this year assuming it releases by then.
  • Clone build is missing
    8 Posts | Last post July 11, 2015
    • 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.
    • The clone build option is missing for me on Windows 8.1 pro with VS2013 Ultimate and Update 3. I have the command line option and the Builds panel in VS is docked. I have tried on Windows Server 2012 R2 as well and the option is missing. 
      At this point it looks like a bug with the extension no longer loaded in Visual Studio. :-(
    • I am in the same boat, It works on my VS2012 installation, but not my VS2013 installation
  • PowerTools compatability
    1 Posts | Last post July 09, 2015
    • I have TFS 2013.Update2.  Will PowerTools 12.1.00402 be able to access it?
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