Visual Studio & TFS 2010 – List of extensions and upgrades

This post is about VS 2010, go here for the VS/TFS 11 extensions.

UPDATED Apr 9th 2012: VersionInfo, NuGet, Code Contracts 

UPDATED Oct 7th 2012:  New Visual Studio GDR

UPDATED Aug 31th 2012: New versions updated of ReSharper, NDepend, Web Essentials, Community Build Manager,  Code Contracts (March 2012), NuGet, ILSpy, DotPeek, Just Decompile, tangible T4 editor, LinqPad. Added the VersionInfo tool, so you know you have the latest update of VS 2010

UPDATED April 20th 2012: New version of NuGet manager. Added the GREAT ILSpy to the list.

UPDATED March 22nd 2012:  New GDR update of Visual Studio (Client) components. Added Community Build Manager.

UPDATED Feb 17th 2012: New version of ReSharper 6.1.1 and Code Contracts with Silverlight 5 support +++

UPDATED Feb 16th 2012:  Added Visual Studio and TFS Server 2010 SP1  Cumulative Update 2.

UPDATED Jan 9th 2012: New versions of Resharper, NuGet and Code Contracts.  Added link to a blog post by Grant Holiday on TFS/VS SP’s and hotfixes. Added link to CU4 for SQL 2008 R2 SP1.

UPDATED Dec 16th: New version of TFS Power tools, and NuGet

UPDATED Nov 28th: Added NuGet, new versions WebEssentials & Beyond Compare

UPDATED Nov 11th: Added the cloud update to Visual Studio which includes multistep test steps and bug fixes, updates to TFS and SQL, dotPeek, Test Attachment Cleaner and new version of our BuildExplorer, and of NDepend. Added Web Essentials.

UPDATED Aug 23rd & 26th: Added TFS SP1 Cumulative update 1. Fixes timeouts on source control. (26th: Fixed the link to the same)

UPDATED Aug 19th & 21st 2011: New version of the TFS Power tools released.  Some more suggestions from Adam fixed, Moles/Pex updates included.  

UPDATED Aug 8th 2011:  Two Visual Studio Testing tools Rollup updates added

UPDATED July 27th 2011: Adam Cogan suggested a different layout and information structure. 

This post is a list of the addins and extensions we (I ) recommend for use at Inmeta.  It’s coming up all the time – what to install, where are the download sites, last version, etc etc, and thus I thought it better to post it here and keep it updated. The basics are Visual Studio 2010 connected to a Team Foundation Server 2010. 

The list is more or less in priority order.

The focus is to get a setup which can be used for a complete coding experience for the whole ALM process.

The list of course reflects what I use for my work , so it is by no means complete, and for some of the tools there are equally useful alternatives.  The components directly associated with Visual Studio from Microsoft should be common, see the Microsoft column.

Also be sure to check out  Grant’s blogpost – it contains a complete description of what to install and in what sequence for the different TFS layers.


Components for VS 2010

Product Notes Latest Version License Applicable to Microsoft
TFS Power Tools December 20111   December 2011 (10.0.41206.0) Free TFS integration Yes
ReSharper Trial only 7.0.1 (1098.2760) Licensed Coding & Quality No
Productivity Power Tools1   10.0.20626.18 Free Coding Yes
Inmeta Build Explorer1   1.1.8 Free TFS integration No
Build Manager Community Build Manager.  Info from Jakob here. Free TFS Integration No
Version Info 1.0.5 Free Visual Studio No
Code Contracts   1.4.60317.12 Free Coding & Quality Yes
Code Contracts Editor Extensions1   1.5.60326.11 Free Coding & Quality Yes
Power Commands1 Free Coding Yes
NuGet Package Manager1 If upgrading fails, there is a signature mismatch  between this and the former version you have preventing upgrading. Uninstall the former first, and then install the new one. 2.0.40116.9051 Free Coding Yes
Web Std Update1   1.0.4 Free Coding (Web) Yes (MSFT)
Web Essentials 1   2.7 Free Coding (Web) Yes (MSFT)
FeaturePack 2 2 Found in MSDN Subscriber download under Visual Studio 2010 FP2 Part of MSDN Subscription Modeling & Testing Yes
Test Attachment Cleaner1   1.0 Free Testing Yes
ILSpy Decompiler. Can also export assembly as C# project Free Coding/Investigation No
DotPeek Free Coding/Investigation No
Just Decompile   2012.2.607 Free Coding/Investigation No
Beyond Compare   3.3.4 (build 14431) Licensed Coding/Investigation No
dotTrace   4.5.1 Licensed Quality No
NDepend Trial only

Licensed Quality No
tangible T4 editor1   2.0.2 Lite version Free (Good enough) Coding (T4 templates) No
Pex and Moles
Moles x861
Moles x641
Complete package found in MSDN Subscriber download under Visual Studio 2010
0.94.51023 Part of MSDN Subscription
License information here
Coding & Unit Testing Yes
LinqPad   4.42.1 Licensed Coding No
ApexSQL     Licensed SQL No
VSCommands1 Lite version Free (Good enough) Coding No

#1 Get via Visual Studio’s Tools | Extension Manager (or The Code Gallery).  (From Adam : All these are auto updated by the Extension Manager in Visual Studio)

#2 Works with ultimate only


Upgrades and patches for VS/TFS 2010

Go to Grant’s blogpost to see a complete list of patches and updates for installing TFS and VS. His post details what to install and where, and covers all updates and patches you need to handle, and also links to relevant documentation.

Product Notes Date Applicable to File version number
VS 2010 SP1 GDR Adds compatibility support for VS 2012 and Windows 8 for the test tools and VS 2010.  Cumulative update. See info here  KB2736182 and on the ALM blog.  Now delivered through Windows Update. Sept 2012 Visual Studio, MTM, 10.0.40219.415
VS 2010 SP1 TFS11 Compatibility GDR For the client components this upgrade replaces all client fixes from CU2, so can be installed directly on top of SP1. Info here KB2662296. Fixes certain problems related to connecting to TFS 11 for the MTM and the Test Controllers. March 2012 Visual Studio, MTM, Test Ctrls 10.0.40219.383
TFS and VS 2010 SP1 CU2 Important:  This CU2 should be applied to both the TFS server and the Visual Studio/MTM clients, even if the title wrongly mentions only the server. It is stated further down in small letters in the KB2643415  It contains all code for CU1 and for the GDR. Feb 2012 Visual Studio, MTM AND TFS Server  
TFS 2010 Hotfix KB2608743 This hotfix can reduce the size of the test data saved to the TFS.  See Anu’s blog here and KB2608743 details here. Oct 2011 Visual Studio, MTM, Test Ctrls.Build Agent  
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Cumulative Update 4  – or –
SQL Server 2008 R2 Cumulative Update 10
This update should be applied before using the Test Attachment Cleaner. The TAC may leave ghost records in the database due to a bug in the SQL Server.   See Anu’s blog here and more info here. Oct 2011/Dec 2011 SQL Server 2008 R2 (SP1 and pre-SP1)  
Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR Visual Studio update to access a TFS 11 server and Team Foundation services preview, TFS in the cloud.  Includes some bug fixes and adds multiline test step support for the MTM. See Brian Harry’s blog here and KB2581206. Oct 2011 Visual Studio  
TFS 2010 SP1 Cumulative Update 1 See KB2580221 and Brian Harry’s blog here and here Aug 2011 TFS  
Visual Studio SP1 Rollup Update 2 A rollup update for the SP1 Testing tools, KB2443428.  See more info blog here and details here Aug 2011 Visual Studio Testing tools  
Visual Studio SP1 Rollup Update 1 A rollup update for the SP1 Testing tools, KB2544407.  See more info blog here and details here June 2011 Visual Studio Testing tools  
Visual Studio SP1 SP1 contains all earlier patches + a lot of new fixes
Brian Harry’s blog for information on what to install and how. Also contains links to a lot of the stuff to install.
Be aware of
this potential problem and workaround if you are using C++ and W7 SDK
March 2011 Visual Studio  
TFS 2010 SP1 SP1 for the TFS server. March 2011 TFS  
2010 SP1 fix for accessing TFS 2008 KB2522890 See info here    (Aug 23rd: Included in SP1 Cumulative Update 1, see above) March 2011 Visual Studio with TFS 2008  


Some important earlier Patches, upgrades and fixes  (pre-SP1)

Product Notes Date Applicable to
Scrolling context menu KB2345133 and KB2413613 Here  Solve the problem with having a small/short context menu with scroll bars, which is much smaller than the available screen height. After the fix, the context menu uses all available screen height before scroll bars are added. October 2010 Visual Studio
MTM Patch Here and here  KB2387011  Recommended (if you use MTM) October 2010 MTM
Data warehouse fix Iteration dates fails with SQL 2008 R2.  KB2222312. Affects Burndown chart in Agile workbook.  Only for SQL 2008 R2 June 2010 Server
Upgrade 2008 to 2010 issue and hotfix Fixes problems with labels and branches which are lost during upgrade. Apply before upgrade. Note: This has been fixed in the latest re-release of the TFS Server dated Aug 5th 2010. See here. Recommends downloading the latest bits. Only if upgrade from 2008 from earlier bits August 2010 Server

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