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TFS Management with New TFS Add-ins

August 9th, 2011

The TFS team is in the process of final testing for the August release of the TFS Power Tools. These TFS add-ins allow boosting efficiency and productivity when working with Team Foundation Server. Here are the main improvements and new features of the upcoming release requested by TFS users and implemented by the TFS development team.

Windows shell extension updates

The login support was added to enable users enter their credentials when they use anything other than a domain account. This change in the Windows shell extension TFS add-in also enables you to work with hosted TFS deployments as soon as this feature is made available.

Work Item Search

A new search box on the work item tracking tool bar was added to enable to search work items within Team Explorer. This TFS add-in improvement allows doing a full text search of work items and display the results like in any other query.

Other TFS add-in improvements include:

    • Rollback to TFS was added to the UI. Now you can do rollbacks not only from the command line, but also from the Source Control Explorer
    • Build automaton utilities: a set of new features for handling build process templates was added.
    • Maven 3 support was added to the list of supported build systems for TFS build add ins. TFS now supports Ant, Maven 2 and Maven 3.
    • Setup improvements: you no longer have to uninstall the old Power Tools, you can just install the new ones and this TFS add-in will upgrade them.
    • Test Attachments clean-up: a tool that can be used to clear out old and unused test data that has been accumulated in TFS.
    • Best Practices Analyzer updates with the latest diagnostic strategy that TFS support team uses.

The download link for the new TFS add-ins will be available in a couple of weeks.

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