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The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) 2010 and the Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) 2010 are components of Guidance Automation that help build and run Guidance Packages inside Visual Studio 2010.


Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) 2010

Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) 2010

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  • What’s New
  • System Requirements
  • Feedback and Support
  • Authors and Contributors
  • Related Titles

What’s New

GAT 2010 includes a new recipe that converts Guidance Packages created for Visual Studio 2008 into Guidance Packages that work with Visual Studio 2010.

GAX 2010 and GAT 2010 are VSIX files deployed as Visual Studio 2010 extensions and can work side by side with previous GAX and GAT releases for Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Studio 2005. However, you cannot install a Guidance Package written for Visual 2008 or Visual Studio 2005 on Visual Studio 2010.

Additionally, you cannot install GAX 2010 or GAT 2010 on Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Studio 2005.

System Requirements

Both GAX 2010 and GAT 2010 require the following:

  • Windows XP (x86) with Service Pack 3 – all editions except the Starter Edition,
  • Windows XP (x64) with Service Pack 2– all editions except the Starter Edition,
  • Windows Vista (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 1 – all editions except the Starter Edition,
  • Windows 7 (x86 and x64),
  • Windows Server 2003 (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2,
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (x86 and x64),
  • Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2,
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
  • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Premium, or Professional editions (32-bit or 64-bit)

In addition, GAT 2010 requires the following

  • Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) 2010
  • Visual Studio 2010 Software Development Kit (SDK)

Feedback and Support

Support for GAX and GAT is provided by the community and takes place on the Guidance Automation Toolkit Forum on MSDN.

Authors and Contributors

The following people contributed to the Guidance Automation Toolkit 2010 and Guidance Automation Extensions 2010:

  • Program Management: Don Smith, Hanz Zhang (Microsoft Corporation)
  • Development: Adrian Alonso, Victor Aprea (Clarius Consulting)
  • Testing: Meenakshi Krishnamoorthi, Anitha Ganesan, Ravindra Varman (Infosys Technologies Ltd)
  • Documentation: RoAnn Corbisier (Microsoft Corporation), Richard Burte (, Inc.), Sharon Smith (TinaTech, Inc.)

The previous versions of the Guidance Automation Toolkit and Guidance Automation Extensions were produced by the following people:

  • Program Management: Grigori Melnik (Microsoft Corporation), Bill Loeffler (Microsoft Corporation)
  • Product Management: Grigori Melnik (Microsoft Corporation)
  • Development: Victor Aprea (Clarius Consulting), Jose Escrich (Clarius Consulting), Daniel Cazzulino (Clarius Consulting), Oscar Calvo (Artinsoft), Allan Cantillo (ArtinSoft), and Michael Puleio (Microsoft Corporation)
  • Testing: Mohammad Al-Sabt (Microsoft Corporation), Rohit Sharma (Microsoft Corporation), Lavanya Selvaraj (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Hanz Zhang (Microsoft Corporation), Mani Krishnaswami (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Gokula Thilagar (Microsoft Corporation), Prasad Paluri (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Terrence Cyril Joseph Anthuvan (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Edward Lafferty (Microsoft Corporation), Larry Brader (Microsoft Corporation), Ashish Babbar (Microsoft Corporation), Terrence Cyril J. (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Umashankar Murugesan (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Sivanthapatham Shanmugasundaram (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Deepa Javeri (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Rajeswari Santhanam (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Deepak Sachdeva (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Pete Coupland (Microsoft Corporation), Muralidharan Narayanan (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Sajjad Imran (Infosys Technologies Ltd), and Manickavasagam Shanmugasundaram (Infosys Technologies Ltd)
  • Documentation: Nelly Delgado (Microsoft Corporation), RoAnn Corbisier (Microsoft Corporation), Paul Slater (Wadeware LLC), and Tina Burden (TinaTech, Inc.)

Many thanks to the following people who provided invaluable assistance:

  • Bob Brumfield, Rob Caron, Scott Densmore, Jack Greenfield, Douglas Hodges, Tom Hollander, Amnon Horowitz, Edward Jezierski, Gareth Jones, Stuart Kent, Wojtek (Voytek) Kozaczynski, Julia Liuson, Stephanie Saad, Jason Weber, Jezz Santos, Blaine Wastell (Microsoft Corporation), and John Saunders (Microsoft MVP)

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