TFS2010 - Team Explorer Multiple Build Folders for Team Project


  • We have ~25 builds in each of our team projects and this could be doubling or tripling over the next few months.

    In Team Exporer under the Builds folder we are seeing the list grow and grow.

    We'd like to organize the build definitions into folders (Much like how Queries have folders). Is this possible today with VS 2010, if not is there a power-tool for folders under Under builds in Team Explorer?

    Thursday, July 29, 2010 3:08 PM


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  • Hi Allen,

    Thanks for your post!

    I think this cannot be achieved in VS2010.

    You can report your issue to MSDN feedback site:

    Best Regards,


    Tuesday, August 03, 2010 7:07 AM
  • So there is no way to organize my builds under 2010. Ouch. I'll file feedback on connect. Scratching my head that this isn't in the product.
    Tuesday, August 03, 2010 2:28 PM
  • Any known workarounds available for organizing large numbers of team build scripts?
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 6:21 PM
  • Hi Allen,

    The workaround that I have used for this is to create the appropriate folder structure within my Team Explorer's "My Favorites", add the appropriate build definition to "My Favorites", and then move the link for the build definition to the correct folder.

    You only get the correct context (Queue New Build, Edit Build Definition, etc...) from the builds in "My Favorites" if the associated Team Project is loaded in Team Explorer.

    Hope this helps!


    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 7:52 PM
  • Mike, the use of the My Favorites folder is interesting.

    We have about 8 Build Masters/Build there anyway to share a conistent My favorites across team members (kinda like using a network share to share workitem templates)?

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:50 PM
  • Hey Allen,

    It looks like the My Favorites are getting stored within C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Team Explorer\Favorites.config on my WIN7 desktop.

    I just did a copy and paste of the Favorites.config to another PC, opened up VS2010 and it worked like a charm.

    [Insert every type of disclaimer here]

    Maybe a master copy of the Favorites.config or an XML file containing just the folder and link structure will work for you.


    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 9:26 PM
  • Hi guys, just wanted to let you know that we at Inmeta has release a free Team Explorer extension that let you group build definitions by using a naming conventions.

    Check it out here:


    Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011
    Monday, April 04, 2011 8:08 PM
  • AWESOME AWESOME ADDIN. Hope this gets put in the box by Microsoft in the next release of the product.
    Monday, April 04, 2011 9:46 PM
  • Thanks Allen, glad you liked it!

    According to Brian Harry:
    "For our next major version, we are looking at Team Explorer improvements and among them will be improved ways to manage build definitions. Until this, this add-on looks like a great solution."


    Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011
    Tuesday, April 05, 2011 2:57 PM
  • Hi Allen


    Could you please supply a link for the Connect case so that I can wote for it :-)

    Tore Østergaard
    Oticon A/S, Denmark
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:06 AM