Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

February, 2007

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    New Power Tools for Team Foundation Server


    The Team Foundation Server team in partnership with the patterns & practices group has just released an updated set of TFS Power Tools. All of the details are below. In my opinion this is far more significant than the point release (1.2) would indicate. Enjoy!

    PS: If you read my last blog post then you noticed me saying that there was a series of Channel 9 videos on the way featuring interviews with the Team Foundation Server team. After the first two videos posted the rest of the series was delayed due to some technical reasons but with any luck should resume tomorrow... I'll post another update once the series resumes. The next video will actually focus on these Power Tools. Stay tuned...



    Team Foundation Server is happy to announce the release of  version 1.2 of Team Foundation Power Tools (formerly known as Power Toys).  In this release we’ve added 2 new command line tools for the developer and 3 non-command line tools.   This version includes some bug fixes to previous Power Tools, support for Vista, and adds the following new functionality:

    ·         Workspace Command (tfpt.exe) - Use the workspace command for additional workspace operations not supported in the currently shipping Team Foundation Server command line (tf.exe).

    ·         Treeclean Command (tfpt.exe) - Use the treeclean command to see and optionally delete files in the current directory and all subdirectories that are not under version control.


    ·         Process Template Editor - A tool to provide UI for authoring work item types and some of the associated Process Template components. 


    ·         Check-in Policy Pack - A set of handy check-in policies to address needs customers have expressed.


    ·         Build Test Tools Task - A tool that allows running unit tests by simply specifying the DLLs or even specifying a file name pattern in TfsBuild.proj, instead of using .vsmdi files to specify tests to run.

    Please note that the Process Template Editor has some additional pre-requisites, they are identified on the download page. 

    You can locate the Team Foundation Power Tools V1.2 release here and you can get help on the forums for these tools here.

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    More Team Foundation Server Videos on Channel 9


    There are some more Team Foundation Server videos on Channel 9 as of the last few days.

    I was hoping to post this series with a more rapid cadence as I had suggested during my last post, but for better or worse Channel 9 has had a flood of great content lately so it's been tough getting onto the content calendar. Nevertheless there is more Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team System content queud up to go live as soon as there's room on the content calendar. I'll continue to post here as content becomes available, or you can subscribe to the VSTS tag on Channel 9.

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    Stay Tuned to Channel 9 for some Team Foundation Server Product Team Interviews


    I wanted to make a quick plug for some video content which will be coming to Channel 9 over the next few days. These are interviews with the Team Foundation Server team which I shot out in Raleigh a few weeks back. The first video posted today and features Doug Neumann covering source control branching and merging best practices. We'll also be covering a lot of the Team Foundation Server work being done for the next release ("Orcas") as well as a fun interview with Brian Harry and finally a site visit to a small ISV in Seattle who is using Team Foundation Server.

    I hope you enjoy watching these interviews as much as I did making them. The Team Foundation Server team is a group of incredibly talented folks who are passionate about what they do. Stay tuned here to catch the interviews (there should be 1-2 posted every weekday for the next few weekdays). You can also subscribe to the RSS feed. And if there's something else you'd like to see, just say the word and we'll do our best to make it happen!

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    Visual Studio Team System Webcasts


    Adam Gallant just pointed out a series of upcoming Visual Studio Team System Webcasts his team has put together. The topics include:

    • Visual Studio Team System and MSDN Licensing Demystified
    • Integrated Team Development with Visual Studio Team System
    • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
    • Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals
    • Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Testers

    This looks like some great content! To register, visit Adam's blog post.

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