How to customize the build summary page in TFS 2012 without a plug-in

Jason Prickett has been writing some great posts about the new features in Build for TFS 2012.  One of my favorites is the ability for you to add sections to the build summary page without having to write any plug-ins.  You just use the WriteCustomSummaryInformation activity in your workflow or make the equivalent OM calls from a workflow activity.  The result is that you can display results, hyperlinks, and more on the build summary page.

TFS11 RC – Simple Build Summary Customization

So, I did a few posts when TFS 2010 released on how developers could customize the Visual Studio Build Details View. However, it required creating a VS Add-In or Package and then deploying that to all your clients. Well, with the RC release of TFS 11 and Visual Studio, there is a much easier way to add simple content to your Build Details Summary view.


Here’s a screen shot showing a “My New Section” that he added.  Enjoy!


Comments (5)

  1. Richard says:

    Is there any way to get the customization to also show in build result email that TFS sends?

  2. Buck Hodges says:

    Unfortunately, there is not.

  3. Veer says:

    Hi, Is there a way to hide the “Diagnostic” tab in the Build Summary report. Since the Diagnostic tab pops up the credentials. We are using TFS 2013 Web.

  4. Buck Hodges says:

    Veer, there is not a way to hide Diagnostic. It shouldn’t be requesting credentials. I’d recommend making sure you are on Update 5 for 2013.

  5. Alex says:

    Is there a way to do this for VSTS 2015?

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