Thursday, September 13, 2012

TFS 2012 Power Tools to the People! (plus MSSCCI Provider & Build Extensions too)

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Power Tools

"Power Tools are a set of enhancements, tools, and command-line utilities that increase productivity of Team Foundation Server scenarios.

This release supports Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012.

  • Best Practices Analyze
  • Process Template Editor
  • Storyboard Shapes
  • Team Explorer Enhancements
  • Team Foundation Power Tool Command Line (tfpt.exe)
  • Team Foundation Server Backups
  • Test Attachment Cleaner
  • Windows PowerShell Cmdlets
  • Windows Shell Extensions
  • Work Item Templates


Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Build Extensions

"The Team Foundation Build Extensions provide the ability to execute Ant or Maven 2 builds from Team Foundation Server 2012 and publish the results of the build along with any associated JUnit test results back to Team Foundation Server.  This release is compatible with Team Foundation Server 2012 only. For Team Foundation Server 2005, Team Foundation Server 2008 and Team Foundation Server 2010 see previous release here.


You must have the following installed on the same server that is hosting the Team Foundation Build Agent:

  • Java JDK (the latest one available from your JDK vendor is recommended)
  • Ant (if Ant support is required).
  • Maven 2 (if Maven 2 support is required)
  • Maven 3 (if Maven 3 support is required)

In addition, you should configure the appropriate environment variables (i.e. JAVA_HOME, ANT_HOME, M2_HOME) as per the relevant install guidance for Ant and Maven.


Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 MSSCCI Provider 32-bit / 64-bit

"The Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider enables integrated use of Team Foundation Version Control with products that do not support Team Explorer integration.

This version includes:

  • Updated provider to link against Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 assemblies
  • Improved connection experience, added support for connections to hosted Team Foundation Server service
  • Unblocked Visual Studio 2005 clients

Installation Instructions

Download and run the installer on a computer with one of the following products:

  • Visual Studio 2005
  • Visual Studio .NET 2003
  • Visual C++ 6 SP6
  • Visual Basic 6 SP6
  • Visual FoxPro 9 SP2
  • Microsoft Access 2007
  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Enterprise Architect 7.5
  • PowerBuilder 11.5
  • Microsoft eMbedded VC++ 4.0


Tools and utilities that no TFS user or admin should be without...


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A TFS 2010 Power Tools “Must Get” Update - September 2010 Release (Think the “zomg TFS server backup/restore help and more” release)
It’s TFS Tool Time! TFS 2010 RTM compatibility Power Tools, MSSCCI and new Build Extension releases
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