The Team Foundation Server Power Tools 11 Beta now avialable are optimized to work with a Visual Studio 11 client (they’ll actually work with Team Explorer 11, TFS 11 too) but you won’t get the VS integration in a VS 2010 or earlier client. “If you want that integration, you need to install the 2010, 2008, etc Power Tools – they’ll run side by side,” Microsoft stated.
As a general rule, the Power Tools will work with any version of the server, however, some specific features require specific server versions. I’ll comment on some of those here.
The features included in this release are:
- TFS Power Tools
- TFPT Command Line
- The Team Explorer extensions – All are included except work item templates.
- Windows Shell Extension – It’s been enhanced to support local workspaces meaning no more read-only files and need to checkout, better offline support and everything else that comes with local workspaces.
- Process Template Editor – We’ve added support for all of the new process features in TFS 11, however some of the implementation is place holder – for instance, editing the agile project management configuration involves editing XML.
- Best Practices Analyzer
- Test Attachment Cleaner
- TFS Powershell commands
The folloing list is of Power Tools that have now been removed due to having been included in the product include:
- Work Item Search – we added this to both Web Access and Team Explorer
- Work Item Templates: Bulk Edit – you can multi select work items in a Web Access query and set a value
- Team Members: Team – we added the concept of teams to the core product
- Alerts Explorer – we integrated Alerts and their admin into web access
- Team Explorer: Rollback – we added this as a right click menu item where appropriate
- Check-in Policy: Comments – we added this policy to the set shipped in the server
You can download the TFS Power Tools 11 Beta here.