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A PowerShell script to wrap the `tfpt.exe createteamproject` process for creating a new Team Project in Team Foundation Server
# requires -version 2.0
param (
[parameter(Position=0, Mandatory=$true)]
$CollectionUri, # eg 'http://tfsserver:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection'
[parameter(Position=1, Mandatory=$true)]
$ProjectName, # eg 'MyNewProject'
[parameter(Position=2, Mandatory=$true)]
$ProcessTemplateName # eg 'Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2.0'
if (-not $Env:TFSPowerToolDir) {
throw "Environment variable 'TFSPowerToolDir' is not set. You may need to restart the computer after installing the TFS Power Tools."
$TfptExe = Join-Path -Path $Env:TFSPowerToolDir -ChildPath tfpt.exe
if (-not (Test-Path -Path $TfptExe -PathType Leaf)) {
throw 'Team Foundation Server Power Tools must be installed.'
if (Get-Process | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq 'devenv' }) {
Write-Warning 'For best results, close running instances of Visual Studio before proceeding. Waiting 10 seconds...'
Start-Sleep -Seconds 10
$WorkingPath = Join-Path -Path $Env:TEMP -ChildPath ([Guid]::NewGuid())
New-Item -Path $WorkingPath -ItemType Container | Out-Null
$XmlDoc = [xml]@"
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Project xmlns="ProjectCreationSettingsFileSchema.xsd">
$XmlDoc.Project.TFSName = $CollectionUri
$XmlDoc.Project.LogFolder = [string]$WorkingPath
$XmlDoc.Project.ProjectName = $ProjectName
$XmlDoc.Project.ProjectSiteTitle = $ProjectName
$XmlDoc.Project.ProcessTemplateName = $ProcessTemplateName
& $TfptExe createteamproject /settingsfile:"$WorkingPath\settings.xml" 2>&1 |
Tee-Object -Variable ExeResult
$LogResult = $WorkingPath | Get-ChildItem -Exclude settings.xml | Get-Content
Remove-Item -Path $WorkingPath -Force -Recurse
if ($ExeResult -is [System.Management.Automation.ErrorRecord]) {
throw "Failed to create new team project:`n$ExeResult"
if ($TfptExitCode -or $LogResult -match 'exception') {
throw "Failed to create new team project:`n$LogResult"
"Project created."
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