Wednesday, July 16, 2008

TFS Power Tools - July 2008 Release (aka v2.2) – Welcome to Alert editing goodness

Microsoft Downloads - Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools - July 2008 Release

“The Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools is a set of enhancements, tools and command line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server user experience.
The following tools are installed with the tfpt.msi package:

  • Command line tool (TFPT.EXE)
  • Team Explorer IDE menu additions
  • Build Notification tool
  • TFS Best Practices Analyzer
  • Process Template Editor
  • Work Item Templates
  • Custom check-in policies
  • TFS Server Manager
  • TFS Users tool
  • Alert Editor


bharry's WebLog - July '08 Power Tools are available!

“You can download them here:

You can read all about them in the preview I wrote a couple of weeks ago:

This is the first release of the Power Tools that we did some limited pre-release testing with our MVPs.  It was very valuable because they helped find a few bugs that would have otherwise been in the release.  The Team System Web Access update and the SCOM management pack are still in the works and should be available shortly.  Also, for those of you looking for an eScrum update for TFS 2008, it's getting close to being ready too.


bharry's WebLog - July '08 TFS Power Tool Preview

“We are approaching the release date of our next release of the Team Foundation Server Power Tools.  We are targeting to have it available in about 3 weeks.  As I've mentioned before this is a smaller Power Tools release than we typically have done.  This is because so much of our effort has been on getting TFS 2008 SP1 done.  I am expecting that our Sept Power Tools release will have a lot more in it.  We'll start planning that feature set soon.  The other thing is that this Power Tools release is going to be more of a "wave" than a point in time release.  A few of the components are being released at different times and in different vehicles.

The main components of this release are:

  • A new UI for subscribing for TFS Alerts - This new UI is a VS plugin (and therefore much more friendly than the BisSubscribe command line tool) and enables much more flexible subscriptions.  This is, perhaps, the premier end-user feature in the July release.

  • TFS Best Practices Analyzer support for SQLServer 2008 
  • Support for changing user's names
  • Team System Web Access Update
  • TFS SCOM Management Pack
  • Bug fixes in WIT Templates and the Process Template Editor Power Tools …
  • Improvements in TFPT.EXE…


The new Alert Editor looks pretty cool.

Now that I can use the TFS Alerts via email feature (Thank you Adam), I would really like to apply some filtering to it and am way too lazy to get up to speed on BisSubscribe… ;)


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