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Restore "Missing" TFS Power Tools functionality in VS/TFS 2017

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With the removal TFS Power Tools for the 2017 release there are some significant features absent from Visual Studio 2017.

Find by status (server workspaces) allowing you to search for a users checkouts.

On the command line: online, scorch and treeclean don't appear to have any equivalents. These commands are very useful when automating the import/export of objects to or from TFS.

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For the Find by Status feature, we’re working on an extension to add this capability back to VS. We don’t yet have an ETA for the availability, but I’ll update here when it’s ready.

For tfpt online, scorch, and treeclean, the functionality has been replaced by tf reconcile. If you use tfpt {command} /help, you’ll see a message about the specific options to use to get equivalent functionality with tf reconcile.

Tfpt uu doesn’t have a replacement in tf.exe. The old tfpt commands should continue to work against newer versions of TFS and VSTS.

Matt Mitrik
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  • Stanlee2002 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please Add this feature, it is one of the most used features of previous versions, at out work, that is!

  • Randy in Marin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there a plan in the works to deprecate TFVC? If so, we will know to not expect any new TFVC features. It will also give me the incentive to make the GIT leap for myself and our IT department. I want to do this anyway, but a nudge/club helps.

  • Mark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This was posted to the developer community a month ago:
    Kayla Ngan [MSFT] · Nov 05 at 08:05 PM -1 Reply Share

    Thank you for your idea. Unfortunately, we have decided not to invest in this request.

    For the Find by Status feature, while we previously indicated on UserVoice that we were working on an extension, we've decided to de-prioritize that work.

    For tfpt online, scorch, and treeclean, the functionality has been replaced by tf reconcile. If you use tfpt {command} /help, you’ll see a message about the specific options to use to get equivalent functionality with tf reconcile.

  • Kirby Adkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can use the Developer Command Prompt for Visual Studio 2017. As long as you or your admin has set the Administer workspaces permission to Allow you can run the following commands.

    Get the status of everything. You can of course limit this by including the user's name or the path to folder:
    tf status "$/" /user:* /recursive

    This link has how to use the undo. You will see a few examples of going directly to a file, folder etc and using recursive flag. By specifying the workspace (server/user) you can undo someone else's checkouts.

  • csrowell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Putting a comment on here with the hope I'll get an email when MS says they have this functionality restored.

  • Emerson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When will we have the return function? This is disrespect to the whole community.

  • Alphaleonis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Second the vote for tfpt unshelve /migrate. (luckily tfpt 2015 still works, but who knows for how long).

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Threads like this make me feel like I am in the twilight zone. Seriously Microsoft, you can't restore simple functionality WE ALREADY HAD in previous versions of Visual Studio Power Tools. After years and 4 pages of comments? It's no wonder developers have left in droves to open source software. We can't get simple functionality like Find By Wildcard to see who has files checked out. Beyond ridiculous

  • Jerry Goldin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think we have been very patient. How hard could it be to implement a Find by Status function? That existed back in the days of SourceSafe.

  • Nishant Pant commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Guys, this is ridiculous. When is find by wildcard coming back? Very frustrating indeed. More than a year since this post was put out there.

  • Carrie Kistner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, any progress on the search by status and wildcard? I just started using VS 2017, and I'm very annoyed that the feature is not available anymore. I use the search often and don't like having to go back to VS 2015 to find something.

  • Sophie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree! I have to open VS2013 every time I need to undo any of my user's pending changes. Maybe someone else could code this up as an extension and publish it if Microsoft is not going to do it. But could someone please let us know the plan even if the plan is not to implement this for VS2017?

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