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Can’t find Visual Studio Command Prompt

I was working on a Windows Server 2012R2 machine. I had no idea where to find the Visual Studio command prompt. I used to work on a Windows Server 2016 machine. There it looks as follows:

In Windows Server 2012R2, the Start menu simply looks like this:

No idea how to get to the Visual Studio command prompt. No idea what to search for in the Search window. In the end I found a post where it’s explained how you can access the Visual Studio command prompt from within Visual Studio:

  1. Open VS 2017
  2. Go to Tools > External Tools…
  3. Click Add and enter the screen as below. The full path entered in the Arguments field is: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\Common7\Tools\VsDevCmd.bat”

From now on you will see a new option VS Command Prompt under the Tools menu in Visual Studio. Bang! It works again.

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