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I have been trying lately to better make use of my previous Test scenarios in Microsoft`s Test Manager.

What I am trying to do is create a set of generic test cases which I can easily pick off and reuse on future releases/updates. As you might well know, if I try to use one of those TC in future releases/sprint PBIs what I`ll end up doing is using that TC and updating it(not copying it or clone it). So if I switch to that root TestCase it will be updated as I did on the current one(hope it makes sense so far).

So, is there any way I can recycle the TestCases as above? I have not poked around Shared Steps, but is it what I`m looking for?

Thanks guys!

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Which behavior are you trying to achieve? Do you want the 'root' test case to be updated, or not? – thebeekeeper Jun 20 '14 at 16:05
I don`t want the root to update. – AndreiT Jun 21 '14 at 16:49
Ok, I think that's the default behavior of MTM when you copy test suites between test plans. That's how we generally use it, just create a set of tests and copy them to a new plan when we start a new release. – thebeekeeper Jun 22 '14 at 16:55
The problem with that is that once you copy them, you are basically referencing them there, once you edit them, those changes will be mirrored everywhere. – AndreiT Jun 23 '14 at 7:52
Oh, you're right, I had it backwards somehow. As far as I know there's nothing built in to do what you want, so something like Shaun is saying would be how I'd do it. Automatically copying the test cases via the TFS API might be the most reliable. – thebeekeeper Jun 24 '14 at 13:30
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There are a few ways to do this, one would be:

You could create your template list of test cases in an excel file and import them to TFS using

You can also export an existing list to use with

Another way would be to create copies of the test cases.

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