The ONLY MSBuild MVP in the world, Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi, has volunteered to do an MVP TV Session on MSDeploy
Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 4:00PM - 5:00PM Pacific Time (UTC/GMT -7 hours)
Deploying ASP.NET Websites has always been a challenge and different teams have used different approaches to overcoming those challenges. Microsoft has offered some support for making deployment easier in the past. For instance they first introduced Web Deployment Projects for Visual Studio 2005, and also have a version for 2008. Web Deployment Projects do greatly simplify the process of calling the aspnet_compiler and aspnet_merge tool but even though their title states “Deployment” they had no support for physically deploying the site. Now Microsoft has introduced the Web Deployment Tool, also known as MSDeploy. MSDeploy will bridge the gap between taking a web site and physically deploying it to its destination. With MSDeploy you can easily and very effectively perform tasks such as pushing an ASP.NET site (Web site, Web Application Project, ASP.NET, etc) from one machine to several other machines. This is achieved by the target machines having the MSDeploy Remote Agent Service installed and running. You can sync two different Web Sites that are hosted in IIS, you can create a web package (simply a .zip file) and use that as your source, you can sync two different folders, and many other options. Another compelling feature of MSDeploy is that it will be integrated into Visual Studio 2010. From Visual Studio 2010 you can compile your ASP.NET Web Application Project and then create the Web Package which contains all your content files plus IIS settings. This one file will full describe your web.
About Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi:
Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi has a computer engineering degree from the University of Florida.
He is a Microsoft Visual C# MVP. He is the author of Inside the Microsoft Build Engine : Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build (Microsoft Press 01/09), co-author of Deploying .NET Application: Learning MSBuild and Click Once (Apress 05/2006), and has written several publications for magazines such as the MSDN Magazine. He is a developer and independent consultant in Jacksonville, Florida. He is an expert in the financial, education, and collection industries.