TFS Integration … Platform or Tools or both?

UPDATE 2012-05-17: This is a dated post and contains broken download links. Please refer to TFS Integration Tools (Platform) for a list of the latest posts and URLs to the latest builds.
UPDATE 2012-10-25: Update code gallery link to


If you have been a visitor to our CodePlex site on and the code gallery at, or have been following some of our blogs and forum discussions, you may be asking yourself as to what the difference, if any, is between the TFS Integration Platform and the TFS Integration Tools.

The Codeplex site home page will be refreshed shortly to address this topic and to guide the users to the correct download site. In the mean time, let us explore this question …

The TFS Integration Platform represents the re-usable and extensible framework, that allows us to develop integration tooling. Think of it as the engine room and the software development kit (SDK). The TFS Integrations Tools are built on the TFS Integration Platform and represent the official product name that is shipped and supported by Microsoft.

Custom developers can use the TFS Integration Platform as a platform to build third-party tooling that complements the Microsoft tooling, or extend the platform itself as shown in the illustration below.

Are you looking at the right product?

  • Are you trying to understand how the TFS Integration Tools and Platform are developed, by exploring the code base?
  • Are you planning to develop your own adapters, providers or other tooling, based on the TFS Integration Platform?
  • Are you looking for the bleeding edge version and early-drops of the TFS Integration Platform or TFS Integration Tools?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, you should probably get the latest bits from:

Alternatively you may be looking for a supported tool to install, configure and use, without much interest in the inner workings. In this case you should get the latest and supported bits from:

If we have a peek at the readiness package documentation that ships as part of the product, we will notice that the majority of the documents are focused on the platform itself, while others, such as the guidance and configuration documents are focused on the tools.

  1. The documentation that has been rebranded as TFS Integration Tools are indicated with an “X” in the Tools column.
  2. The Rational Getting Started document is under construction and is not yet included with the TFS Integration Tools.

Hope this helps to clear up some of the confusion … clear as mud?

Comments (10)
  1. Stephen says:

    You indicate that this is a supported tool.  However when I go to it is not in the list (or drop down) for project that you can file a support ticket with.

    I tried both "TFS Integrations Tools" and "TFS Integrations Platform"

  2. You need to select "Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010"  from the list of products.

  3. For assisted support you would need to:

    1. Go to the Assisted Support Options page –

    2. Choose More Developer Tools… under Developer Tools

    3. Choose Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010

    4. Choose Other in the drop down for the Support Topic and it will be sent to our support team

  4. Stephen says:

    Thanks for the response!  I wish I had known this.  I phoned my support call in, but I think I could have given a lot better info for the support ticket if I could have typed it in.  Ah well, I will know now if there is a next time.

  5. john bennett says:

    any news on when subversion will be supported with the platform migration

  6. If you look at the codebase on you will notice that a Subversion adapter is included in the Adapters. This, at this point, is still an "Alpha" version and not included in the currently supported TFS Integration Tools. You can build and test the adapter to determine if it meets your needs or alternatively share your requirements,so that I can follow up with the author if the adapter.

  7. IndiaDeveloper says:

    Looking for migrating MKS to TFS. Suggest if this is acheivable.

  8. Please refer to Team Foundation Server Migration and Integration Solutions (…/bb840033.aspx) for a list of migration partners and supported migration scenarios,

  9. Adilson Machado says:


    I have seen your presentation, I would like to how I can add user to [Project Collection Service Accounts]. I am trying through TFS Console, however this group are blocked.

    Best Regards,

    Adilson Machado

  10. I recommend that you visit…/toc-tfs-integration-tools.aspx and look at the "Getting Started" links. The "TFS Integration Tools – Where does one start? … part 3 (dust has settled …. did it work?)" topic, for example, answers your question.

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