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I think for 6 months or more I’ve been promising that we’d release updated Power Tools to support TFS 2010 “soon”. Well, I apologize that it hasn’t worked out that way. It seems like some higher priority activity always rears its head when we think we are ready to get started on it. But the good news is you won’t have to wait much longer, honestly. :) We’ve been working on them and testing them for the last couple of months and we are now doing final validation of the what we think is the last build. It should be available within a week.
With the new release being so close, I wanted to give you a brief preview of what to expect. The way to think about this release is that we worked to get all of the existing Power Tools that we thought were critical to support Beta 2 adoption working against TFS/VS 2010 and updated to support new 2010 features. You will see that a few of the Power Tools are still not working in this build. We will release another Power Tool update around launch where all of the Power Tools will be working.
This release of the Power Tools will only run in a VS 2010 IDE. Most of the features will work against both a TFS 2010 and earlier servers. However a few features will only work against a 2010 server. More on this below when I talk about the individual features. The 2005/2008 Power Tools can still be used with the 2005/2008 VS installs while using a TFS 2010 server. So pick the version of the Power Tools that matches your client environment.
The first step to getting the Power Tools ready for 2010 was removing all of the features that are now built into the 2010 product (or in some way no longer relevant). If you still want to use some of these features against a TFS 2005/2008 server, you will need to use the TFS 2005/TFS2008 Power Tools. For example, the Rollback command has been added to TFS 2010 and removed from the Power Tools. However, the product feature requires new server side support in TFS 2010. If you want to continue to use Rollback against a TFS 2005/2008 server, you will need to use the TFS 2005/2008 Power Tools.
The list of things we’ve moved into the product includes:
I’m glad we were able to incorporate so much of the Power Tools capability into the shipping product. Of course, I wish we could have done even more but there’s always next time :)
The next step was getting the rest of the existing features working against VS/TFS 2010. Here’s the list of features supported in the upcoming Power Tools release and the changes we’ve made:
Truthfully, many of the Power Tools required no updates because we maintained pretty good compatibility between 2008 and 2010.
So that leads me to what does *not* yet work in this 2010 Power Tools update. Ironically, the two Power Tools that I wrote :( I’ve started on a new version of TFSServerManager but haven’t completed it yet. For the mean time, I’m afraid you’ll have to live without the benefit of these tools. We’ll have them in shape in a few months and include them in the next update.
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions. I’ll blog an update with the download URL as soon as it is available.