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Sunday, February 10

#2 - TFS Power Tools 2008

Category : Installing and Configuring Microsoft Team Foundation Server

After installation of Team Foundation Server 2008, it's hightly recommended to also install the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power Tools.

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 this 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

I'll come back to some of the Power Tools features in other posts, but it's key to have them installed as soon as possible because they contain very useful utilities - not only for power users! It's a pity that this still requires an extra installation. In the next version of TFS (Rosario), these features should belong to the standard setup of the product.

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