I am using a Helix/Habitat-inspired setup in which the Sitecore items of my solution is split into a number of smaller projects in the different layers (Foundation, Features and project). Currently we have +50 smaller TDS projects.

My issue is that it seems that TDS installs its connector for each project when i I build, which slows the build process a lot. As the connector is the same for all projects, and the Sitecore Access Guid is the same, I would expect the connector to only be installed once.

Do any of you have experience in optimizing the build process with regards to TDS?

Note: I have a TdsGlobal.config file which controls my TDS projects and currently it contains the following settings:

<!-- Deployment Properties -->


Which version of TDS are you using? Though I won't argue that TDS can be a build performance bottle neck, version 5.5+ doesn't install the connector if one of the same version is found. See release notes for 5.5:


  • Hi @alex-tselevic. We were using the 5.1 release by mistake and upgrading it seems to have fixed the issue. However the deploy is still rather slow in my opinion :-)
    – pwind
    Jan 30 '17 at 6:20
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    I have 5.6 installed and i am still seeing "Install Connector" for every TDS project. Really unneeded overhead.
    – Roman
    Oct 18 '17 at 17:56

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