FAQ – Where is the Branch Plans folder for TfsBranchTool Extension?

In Quick Response Sample – Visual Studio Extension to support the ALM Rangers Branching and Merging guidance the team announced the VS Extension, following up on the Quick Response Sample – Command line utility to create TFS Branch Scenarios release.

In FAQ - TfsBranchTool: How do I customi[s|z]e a TFS Branching scenario plan we explained how to customize the branch plan using the command line solution. 

Does this work the same for the VS Extension?

The engine room and configuration files are identical to its command line counterpart. You can use the above mentioned post to guide you through the customization of branch plans, with a few "minor” differences:

  • Location of the Brach Plans folder is different (see below)
  • Branch plans are included in the VS Extension install package


Where is the Planch Plans folder?

You can find the folder here, where %YSER% is your user profile name:

C:\Users\%USER%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0Exp\Extensions\Microsoft. ALM Rangers\TfsBranchToolVSExtension\1.0\Branch Plans

or we have also noticed newer systems with the following schema:

C:\Users\\%USER%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Extensions\1diy5zvn.paf\Branch Plans

To be 100% sure, use the Process Monitor tool from http://sysinternals.com to trace which path is used when accessing the branch plans.

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