Category Archives: deployment

How to build and deploy a web deployment package using MSBuild

Web application packaging and deployment automation using MSBuild needs the following steps:

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Step 0. Server preparation is covered here How to prepare a Windows Server 2012 for web deployment

  1. Configure solution build profiles
  2. Configure transformation of web.config file
  3. Configure publishing profiles
  4. Create a web deployment package with MSBuild script
  5. Run deployment from command line

Sample solution that includes build script and configured publishing profiles can be downloaded here https://github.com/mchudinov/BuildWebDeployPackage
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How to prepare a Windows Server 2012 for web deployment

Here is a list of steps for preparation of a Windows Server 2012 for deployment of web packages or deployment from Visual Studio.

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  1. Activate Web server role
  2. Install Web Deploy
  3. Open network ports
  4. Create an account for deployment
  5. Create web sites
  6. Configure deployment for sites

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Packaging of a .NET application on Windows

This post is about how to package .NET application for Windows into an MSI (MicroSoft Installer) package using Wix# tool in command line. Packaging process can be easily automated on continues integration server.

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Generally application building workflow is simple:

  • Assign a version number to an assembly
  • Build binaries
  • Copy binaries to package folder and build msi-package with the same version as  assembly

Build process will be controlled by MSBuild project file and can be started from a continues integrations server.

Sample solution is available for download here https://github.com/mchudinov/PackagingMSI. Solution is compatible with Visual Studio 2013.

Automated building and versioning processes were described in my previous posts:

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Packaging of a Mono application on Linux

How to package a Mono (.NET) applications for Debian-based Linux in command line. Packaging process can be easily automated on Continues Integration Server.

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Package building workflow is quite simple:

  • Assign a version number to a .NET assembly code
  • Build binaries
  • Copy binaries to package folder and build deb-package with the same version as an assembly

Build process will be controlled by MSBuild project file and run from a continues integrations server. MSBuild on Mono platform is substituted by xbuild utility.

Sample solution is available for download here https://github.com/mchudinov/PackagingMono. Solution is compatible with Visual Studio 2012, MonoDevelop/Xamarin Studio 5.

This is my third blogpost about automation of development workflow with Mono. Automated building and versioning were covered in my previous posts:

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Versioning of .NET assemblies

I use four-parts version pattern that looks like: {Major}.{Minor}.{Date (MMdd)}.{Build Number}

An example version in this format would look like: 1.7.1028.37, which breaks down into being the first major release, seventh minor release, built on 28 October, and has been the 37th build for v1.7. Every time assembly is rebuild build counter increases.

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Sample solution is available for download here https://github.com/mchudinov/Versioning.

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