Microsoft Test Manager: Customization of test result fields and marking test results as NA

Microsoft Test Manager: Customization of test result fields and marking test results as NA

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As part of the MTM enhancements in the  Visual Studio Update 2, we introduced a feature to customize the test result analysis fields like 'Resolution' and 'Failure type'. Different projects may have different reporting needs and this feature lets you do just that. You can customize the values that appear in these fields based on your project requirements, using a simple command. This nice post by Colin Dembovsky talks in detail about this capability. 


We also introduced a new test outcome state called 'Not applicable' for marking test results in MTM or the TEST hub. When you are doing your testing, you may come across test cases that are not relevant to your current test pass or they might be referring to areas in your application that are yet to be implemented. In such cases, you do not want to leave theses test cases unmarked, or use some other state to denote this condition as these may get wrongly interpreted. This new 'Not applicable' state lets you deal with these situations. 


You can mark a test as 'Not applicable' from the Test->Run tests tab in MTM:


You can also do this from the test runner:


You could access this state from the TEST hub in TFS web access:


This can also be done from the web test runner:



Other enhancements done in VS Update 2:

  1. Cloning of test plans in Microsoft Test Manager
  1. Light weight browser based test management and execution


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  • Hi,

    For the "Not applicable" status to appear do you need to have TFS 2012?

    I have VS 2012 Update2 installed but our TFS is still 2010.


  • @Jean - yes, you need to update both your server and client to get this feature.

  • Don't release the xbox1 you will be sending alot of xbox gamers to PS4

  • Hello!

    Can someone introduce me to the Test Servers Manager?

    Thank you in advance,


  • @Raja - are you looking for contacts for "Microsoft Test Manager"? If so, you can reach me at

  • Is it possible to mark only a single step in a TestCase to "Not applicable" - not the whole Test

  • Hi, how can I set up "Not applicable" status in Test Manager 2013


  • Does anyone know how it's possible to mark one teststep to N/A?!

  • "Not applicable" status should be made to apply to test steps. I notice two questions on this have not been responded to

  • Hi, how can I set up "Not applicable" status in Test Manager 2013

  • Hi,

    We can pull out the report at test case level. Can we do that at test step level. If yes, please provide the steps to follow.


  • Hi I have installed the above Visual Studio Update 2. Though I am not able to see the Not Applicable status. I even restarted the machine. I am using TM 2013 should I be doing anything different? or is there another update for 2013?

  • Can "NA" be used for an individual step?

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  • Hi

    I can't view that buttom on MTM ...  and i've installed all updates  (1 to 4) from visual studio 2012 :S

    Can anyone say to me if i need to do something else?

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