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Visual Studio and TFS 2010 Service Pack 1, Feature Packs and Power Tools Downloads

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VS/TFS 2010 SP1 has just been released! SP1 rolls up most of the post RTM hotfixes and updates but it does not include Feature Packs and some other updates.

Here’s a list of the current stack of tools and patches that should be applied to a new Visual Studio/TFS 2010 environment:

See Brian Harry’s detailed post on what should be installed where.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of what’s in SP1 look at Brian’s Visual Studio SP1 announcement post.

Written by Mathias Olausson

March 13th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

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Team Foundation Server Power Tools March 2011 Release

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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

Written by Mathias Olausson

March 7th, 2011 at 9:13 am

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