Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How to Install Microsoft Test Manager 2010 aka Visual Studio Test Professional 2010

One of the most commonly asked questions I get is, how do I get Microsoft Test Manager installed on my machine?  I wish I could just point you to one install and call it a day, since I can't I have created this comprehensive list of tools and instructions to help you get up and running using the best that Microsoft Test Manager has to offer.  As a good tester, I have also included steps on how to verify the installation of all these tools.  Enjoy!

  1. Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional installs Microsoft Test Manager & Visual Studio Team Explorer
  2. Expression Encoder 4 allows you to create a video recording during test runs using Microsoft Test Manager
  3. Test Scribe allows you to print Microsoft Test Manager Test Plans and Test Runs
    • Download Test Scribe
    • Click Run, Click Run
    • Click Install Microsoft OpenXML SDK 2.0
    • Click Next
    • Agree to License
    • Click Next
    • Click Close on successful installation of Test Scribe
    • Verify Installation: 
      • Go to Start menu > All Programs > Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 > Microsoft Test Manager 2010
      • Click on the Testing Center dropdown
      • Select Tools from the dropdown
  4. VS 2010 SP1 contains fixes and improvements.
  5. Testing Feature Pack 2 extends the testing capabilities
  6. Power Tools December 2011 allows you to subscribe to query-based TFS alerts.
    • Download here  
    • If you have a previous version of Power Tools installed you will be notified by the installer and you will need to uninstall "Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Power Tools" from Add/Remove Programs
    • Run tfpt.msi
    • Accept the terms in license agreement
    • Click Next
    • Keep the default Typical
    • Click Next
    • Click Install
    • Click Finish on successful installation of Power Tools
    • Verify Installation: 
      • Go to Start menu > All Programs > Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 > Microsoft Visual Studio
      • Click on Help from the menu
      • Select About Microsoft Visual Studio
      • In the Installed products area look for "Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Power Tools version 10.0.41206.0"
  7. Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR contains multi-line support and increased viewable test steps area.

Anna Russo
Application Lifecycle Management Consultant


  1. Really Nice Post

    Varinder Sandhu

  2. Beautifully done! I had started my own outline, but why bother if you've already done the hard work!

  3. Good Morning , I have Visual Studio 2010 Professional and Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) installed in my machine , I have TFS Server installed on another server . I need a diagram to install the other tools to be automating the tests.

  4. Miss Russo,

    I have found your blog very helpful and informative. Im working on implementing MTM and I was hoping you might have some documentation or tips for mapping testing process to MTM/VS organizational structure.

    For instance Ive created a test plan in MTM but its not visible in VS. On the same note the iterations present in VS are not visible through MTM. My experience is with TD/QC which is why Im probably having these issues.

    I know Im missing something that is probably very simple.

  5. Hi Ian,

    IMO the best way to map the tool to the organizational structure is to get some training on the tool.

    The test plan is only visible in MTM and that is as designed. You can create iterations in VS, but you are still able to use them in MTM thru any of the work items which have an iteration path field.

    Hope that helps,


  6. Hi Miss Russo,
    Iam very glad when I have found your blog. It is helpful with me. Thanks for sharing :)
    Iam using VS 2008 but I want to use MTM. Is there any way to use MTM with VS 2008? And what should I do? Thank you so much :D

  7. Hi Iam a flower,

    You are welcome! MTM is part of the VS 2010 family and also requires TFS 2010, so unfortunately you will not be able to use MTM with VS 2008.

    Hope that helps,


  8. Hi I already have TFS 2010 on my system. How ever I do not have MTM. Is there some way to download this?

  9. I'd love a Visual Studio 2012 version of this article!

  10. Here you go: