Team Foundation Server Power Tools March 2011 Release

The TFS team just released an updated version of the essential TFS power tools. In this version I think the following are the most important additions:

  • Improved feature-set in the Windows Shell Extension. Workspace management, history search and the option to do Shelving from the shell are all welcome features.
  • TFS Build Power Tools. Stating with this release Microsoft will start sharing parts of their internal tools around build management. I had the opportunity to see some demos of the coming features at the MVP summit last week and I can’t wait to get more of those in the package! For now we have to settle with a command-line version of the Clone Build definition feature introduced in an earlier TFPT release (see this post on how that feature works: http://msmvps.com/blogs/molausson/archive/2010/10/21/clone-a-build-definition.aspx)

This update also resolves a number of issues with the TFS Backup/Restore tool that came with the previous release. Based on what I’ve heard the tool is ready for use now!

Brian Harrys has written more about this release here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2011/03/03/mar-11-team-foundation-server-power-tools-are-available.aspx

You can get the latest TFS Power Tools from the Visual Studio 2010 Extension Manager or directly from this link: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c255a1e4-04ba-4f68-8f4e-cd473d6b971f

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