TFS 2010 Power Tools are now available!

Here is the first full release of Power Tools for TFS 2010!  Previously we had released versions for beta 2 and RC.  With this release the focus was to have parity with the 2008 power tools and fix bugs.  We’ll be adding new power tools in the next release (no date yet).

TFS Build Extension Power Tool  is an exciting new addition to our power tools line up.  The 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.

Comments (9)

  1. John says:

    Shame that the new process template editor doesn’t appear to support TFS server 2008 (I get an "Object reference not set.." error)  It seems I’ll need to keep 2008 around just so I can edit it.  Not sure why you insist on putting it under "Tools" instead of "Team" too.  (And it seems that moving menu items around in 2010 is not as straightforward as in 2008 – will need to google for how to do it when I have some more time)

    Also the Windows Shell extension was a bit clunky.  I needed to unisntall vsts power tools for 2008, then reinstall minus that feature, then install vsts2010 power tools.

    And then it still doesn’t work for me anyway as my vsts server is in a different domain to my development environment.

  2. buckh says:

    John, it looks like Brian has answered your questions on his blog.  Thanks for reporting the issue.

    One potential workaround for the shell extension is to use the Windows’ Stored User Names and Passwords feature to put in the credentials you want to use with that server.  The caveat is that those credentials will then always be used with that server (in case you need to use different accounts), and you’ll need to remember to update them if your password expires.


  3. Has the build notification application been removed from this version? I’ve just installed it and can’t seem to find it anywhere…

  4. Ben Amodio says:

    Kevin, the build notification app is part of the TFS2010 product now, so it has indeed been removed from the Power Tools.


  5. D’oh! Yeah, found it now, hidden away in my start menu…

  6. buckh says:

    Kevin, by default we don’t start the build notification app.  However, if you use gated checkin, we will automatically start it and have it monitor your gated checkin so that you are notified of its outcome (and make it easy to update your workspace after a gated checkin is processed).  We’re interested in feedback on what the conditions under which we’d automatically start it for you beyond what we’ve done in 2010.


  7. The TFS Power Tools link now goes to a page ( that says "This item is not yet published."

  8. buckh says:

    Fixed. Thank you.

  9. Mike Nesmowrth says:

    The "TFS Power Tools" link now leads to a page for "Team Foundation Server Power Tools December 2011". The installer you can download at that page creates the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Power Tools" directory, but no longer installs the powershell extension.

    Typical Microsoft. Putting an installer on a web server and keeping it there has gotten to be too complicated for those morons.

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