Manually launch a VS 2012 Feedback Response from the command line

Posted by Leo Vildosola - July 04, 2012


If you are looking to evaluate the new features in Visual Studio 2012 I strongly recommend you download Brian Keller’s Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on Labs / Demo Scripts. We are currently using it to demonstrate the new features to clients. One such feature is the Visual Studio 2012 Feedback Tool.

The feedback tool uses e-mails as part of its workflow. A feedback request is submitted via e-mail to multiple recipients. The recipients then follow links to launch the feedback tool for the specific feedback requests. However, if you do not get the e-mail, say because it may not have been configured correctly in the VM, then you will never have the necessary link to launch the tool.

So, if you still want to demonstrate the workflow and would like to launch the tool for a specific feedback request manually you can do so from the command line.

The tool can be found through your Window’s Start menu under Microsoft Feedback Client or in its install location at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE. The executable you are looking for is called mfbclient.exe. Here’s the syntax. Note that you can specify multiple requests.

mfbclient.exe /s:<TFS Server Url> /p:<TFS Project Name> [/rid:<Comma separated list of feedback request ids>]

E.g: mfbclient.exe /s:http://tfsServer:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection /p:FeedbackProject /rid:123,345

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