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Updated 4/27 because I forgot the tfpt addprojectportal and tfpt addprojectreports
TFS Power Tools April 2010 release
TFS MSSCCI Provider 2010 release
TFS Build Extension Power Tool April 2010 release
Finally, the first RTM’d version of the TFS 2010 Power Tools are available! It’s been a long journey and I’m glad to finally be here. This is the largest Power Tools release we’ve done in a long time. It’s not that we added all that many features but there was a ton to do to account for TFS 2010 changes.
Let’s start by listing all of the 2008 Power Tool features that have been removed because they are now part of the TFS 2010 core product:
Most of the rest of the work was bug fixing and updating for TFS 2010. We extended a few features but didn’t add any really big new stuff. Here’s a run down:
Process Template Editor (PTE)
Probably the biggest investment was in the Process Template Editor. There was a lot of work to add support for all of the new 2010 features like link types, etc. Along the way we added GUI support for a few TFS process features that have been there all along. And we took the opportunity to really try to up the quality of this tool – fixing 158 bugs.
Team Foundation Build Extensions
The Team Foundation Build Extensions provide the ability to execute Ant or Maven 2 builds from Team Foundation Server and publish the results of the build along with any associated JUnit test results back to Team Foundation Server. This release is compatible with Team Foundation Server 2005, Team Foundation Server 2008 and Team Foundation Server 2010.
These tools came as part of the acquisition of Teamprise and were formerly part of “Teamprise Labs”. They are now part of the Team Foundation Server Power Tools.
We made some small improvements to the Alerts Editor.
Portals And Reports
In TFS 2010, we made it possible to install Sharepoint but not Sharepoint portals and reports. The obvious question is "What if I want to add them later?" Well, we've added support in this Power Tools release to help with this.
Best Practices Analyzer
While it won't quite feel like a lot of new "features", we've done a ton of work on the Best Practices Analyzer. TFS 2010 brings a lot of new capabilities that really changes the breadth and depth of health checks necessary.
And, of course we fixed a lot of bugs all around.
The last big change, and a sad one for me, is that TFSServerManager is not included in this release. This is my personal contribution to the Power Tools and with all the launch activity, I didn’t get a chance to finish it in time. I will finish it up shortly and figure out how to make it available. More on that in the near future.
That’s it for this release. We are in the process of beginning planning for the next release and I’ll update you as soon as we know more.