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Agents for Visual Studio 2013


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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 1/7/2016.

Microsoft Visual Test Agent and Controller for running compiled tests on a node without installing all of Visual Studio.
By default this package installs only the Test Agent. Use the switch /ControllerInsteadofTestAgent to install the Test Controller instead.
If you need both on one node, run the package once with no options and then again with '/ControllerInsteadofTestAgent -Force'

#### Package Parameters
The following package parameters can be set:

* /ControllerInsteadofTestAgent - install the Test Controller instead of just the Test Agent.

These parameters can be passed to the installer with the use of -params.
For example: -params '"/ControllerInsteadofTestAgent"'.
To add Controller to a machine with Agent already installed: -params '"/ControllerInsteadofTestAgent"' -force.

To install Agents for Visual Studio 2013, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install visualstudio2013testagents

To upgrade Agents for Visual Studio 2013, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade visualstudio2013testagents


  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'; # stop on all errors
    $packageName= 'visualstudio2013testagents'
    $ISOName = 'vs2013.5_agts_enu.iso'
    $logPath    = "$env:temp\$($packageName)_$(Get-date -format 'yyyyMMddhhmm').log"
    $toolsDir   = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $url        = "$ISOName"
    $silentArgs = "/silent /log $logPath"
    $checksum      ='C0D8789271E254E3B8307A78B6F5DC76532345C1'
    $checksumType  = 'sha1'
    $arguments = @{};
    # /ControllerInsteadofTestAgent
    $packageParameters = $env:chocolateyPackageParameters;
    # Default the values
    $ControllerInsteadofTestAgent = $false
    # Now parse the packageParameters using good old regular expression
    if ($packageParameters) {
        $match_pattern = "\/(?<option>([a-zA-Z]+)):(?<value>([`"'])?([a-zA-Z0-9- _\\:\.]+)([`"'])?)|\/(?<option>([a-zA-Z]+))"
        $option_name = 'option'
        $value_name = 'value'
        if ($packageParameters -match $match_pattern ){
            $results = $packageParameters | Select-String $match_pattern -AllMatches
            $results.matches | % {
          throw "Package Parameters were found but were invalid (REGEX Failure)"
        if ($arguments.ContainsKey("ControllerInsteadofTestAgent")) {
            Write-Host "Installing Test Controller instead of Test Agent because /ControllerInsteadofTestAgent was used."
            $ControllerInsteadofTestAgent = $true
    } else {
        Write-Debug "No Package Parameters Passed in";
    Write-Output "Logs for installers will be in $logPath"
    Get-ChocolateyWebFile "$packageName" "$env:temp\$ISOName" $url -checksum $checksum -checksumType $checksumType
    $VCDFullPath = $null
    $ISOMountDrive = $null
    If (([version](gwmi win32_operatingsystem).version) -ge [version]"6.3.9600")
    { #Use mount-disk for server 2012 R2 - works over remoting
      $mountresult = mount-diskimage -imagepath "$env:temp\$ISOName" -passthru
      $ISOMountDrive = ($mountresult | Get-Volume).DriveLetter + ":"
    { #Other OSes use virtualclonedrive package
      If (Test-Path 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\daemon.exe')
        $VCDFullPath = 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\daemon.exe'
      If (!($VCDFullPath))
        Throw "Could not find virtual clone drive's `"daemon.exe`" - it is required to mount the downloaded ISO, exiting..."
        & $VCDFullPath -mount "$env:temp\$ISOName"
      $ISOMountDrive = @(65..90 | ForEach-Object {[char]$_ + ":"}) | Where-Object {Test-Path "$_\testagent\vstf_testagent.exe"} | select -first 1
    try {
        If (!$ControllerInsteadofTestAgent)
          Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage 'visualstudiotestagent' 'exe' $silentArgs "$ISOMountDrive\testagent\vstf_testagent.exe"
          Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage 'visualstudiotestagent' 'exe' $silentArgs "$ISOMountDrive\TestController\vstf_testcontroller.exe"
        start-sleep -seconds 5
        If ($VCDFullPath)
          Try {start-process "$VCDFullPath" -argumentlist "-unmount" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue}
          Catch {#swallow dismount ISO errors
        If (([version](gwmi win32_operatingsystem).version) -ge [version]"6.3.9600")
          dismount-diskimage -imagepath "$env:temp\$ISOName"
        If (test-path env:ProgramFiles`(x86`)) {$PF = ${env:ProgramFiles(x86)}} Else {$PF = $env:ProgramFiles}
        Install-ChocolateyPath "$PF\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\CommonExtensions\Microsoft\TestWindow" 'Machine'
        Install-ChocolateyPath "$env:windir\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319" 'Machine'
    catch {
        throw $_.exception

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Microsoft




Release Notes

Includes Update 5. The Microsoft Agents do not provide an uninstaller, so neither does this package.

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
visualstudio2013testagents Update 5 (Install) 12.0.21005.20160101 130 Friday, January 1, 2016 approved
visualstudio2013testagents Update 5 (Install) 12.0.21005.1 177 Monday, December 21, 2015 approved

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