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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  • Not able to clone build definition in VS 2013/TFS 2012 after docking the builds panel
    1 Posts | Last post Thu 6:54 PM
    • Hi,
      I am Not able to clone build definition in VS 2013/TFS 2012 after docking the builds panel. 
      Am I missing something, Please let me know.
      Thanks in advance 
  • Build clone with git source problem
    1 Posts | Last post Wed 11:06 AM
    • I cloned build definition using tfpt clone.
      The source build has Get Sources From Git set. The cloned build does not have this option and there is no way to switch from TFS sources to Git.
      Is there any workaround for that ?
  • Check in per folder?
    1 Posts | Last post December 28, 2015
    • _KP
      When I right click on a folder and select History in the Windows Explorer menu, I get history for only that folder. When I do the same for the Check In action, it shows a window with all changes and not only for that folder.
      Is it possible to get only the pending changes for that folder, just like history only shows history for just that folder?
  • Power tools 2015 compatibility with visual studio 2013
    1 Posts | Last post December 17, 2015
    • After upgrading to TFS 2015 from 2013, I'm getting an error in Visual Studio 2013 when trying to access WIT from server, "Index(Zero based) must be greater than or equal to zero and less than the size of the argument list."
      as stated above I'm using visual studio 2013 with power tools 2013, I tried installing power tools 2015, however, it then doesn't give the option of connecting to WIT server.
  • Mondo memory man
    1 Posts | Last post December 03, 2015
    • This thing is using between .7 and 1.6 gigs of memory on average. Does it keep the whole TFS project in memory? We have SSDs now y'know....
  • TFS Shell Extension - Value cannot be null.
    2 Posts | Last post November 24, 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.
    • 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 November 24, 2015
    • 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.
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