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  • Blog Post: XDT (XML Document Transform) released on codeplex.com

    In Visual Studio 2010 we introduced a simple and straight forward method of transforming web.config during publishing/packaging. This support is called XML Document Transform, aka XDT. It allows you to transform any XML file, not just web.config. To learn more about XDT check out the docs . Since we...
  • Blog Post: Real Scenario: folder deployment scenarios with MSDeploy

    Hi everyone Sayed here. I recently had a customer, Johan, contact me to help with some challenges regarding deployment automation. He had some very specific requirements, but he was able to automate the entire process. He has been kind enough to agree to write up his experience to share with everyone...
  • Blog Post: Web Deploy (MSDeploy) how to sync a folder

    Today I saw the following question on StackOverflow MSDeploy - Deploying Contents of a Folder to a Remote IIS Server and decided to write this post to answer the question. Web Deploy (aka MSDeploy) uses a provider model and there are a good number of providers available out of the box. To give you an...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio project compatibility and VisualStudioVersion

    One of the most requested features of Visual Studio 2012 was the ability to open projects in both VS 2012 as well as VS 2010 ( requires VS 2010 SP1 ). In case you haven’t heard we did implement that feature. You may be wondering how we were able to do this and how this may impact you. If you open the...
  • Blog Post: Profile specific web.config transforms and transform preview

    When we released VS2010 we add support for web.config (XDT) transforms during publish/package. Note: From now on I’ll only use the word publish from now on but the full content relates to packaging as well. In the original implementation when you published your web project the web.config file would be...
  • Blog Post: More info on publish links in Visual Studio 2012

    Within the web publishing tools in Visual Studio there are a few places where we point to more resources. For example if you open a VS publish profile (.pubxml) file you will see a link in the comments pointing to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=208121 . Note: you can find the VS publish profiles...
  • Blog Post: How to create Web Deploy packages in Visual Studio 2012

    When building Visual Studio 2012 we made an effort to reduce the amount of menu options which are shown on toolbars as well as context menus. If you have used any of the pre-release versions of VS 2012 then you might have noticed that the Build Deployment Package and Package/Publish Settings context...
  • Blog Post: Plans regarding Website projects and Web Deployment Projects

    The release of Visual Studio 2012 is right around the corner . If you’ve been following our blog/twitter then you may know that many of the Web related components of Visual Studio are now“out-of-band”, meaning that we can update them independently of Visual Studio itself. Because of this we are planning...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 RC Web Tooling Extensions update

    If you have been following our blog and twitter accounts then you most likely have heard that some of the Web components of Visual Studio 2012 are now “Out of Band”. What that means is that we can update those components separately from Visual Studio itself. Because of this we will be posting updates...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Web Publish Updates

    Last week we rolled out some updates for our Visual Studio 2010 Web Publishing Experience. This post will give you an overview of the new features which we released. In the coming weeks there will be more posts getting into more details regarding individual features. You can get these updates in the...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET providers and SQL Azure

    We have two sets of ASP.NET providers which currently exist; the ASP.NET SQL providers , and the ASP.NET Universal Providers . In VS 2010 the SQL providers were in only providers used for our project templates. In VS 2012 we have switched to using the Universal Providers. One of the drawbacks of the...
  • Blog Post: Database settings in the VS Publish dialog

    In Visual Studio 2010 we introduced a database publishing experience in the Package/Publish SQL (PP/SQL) properties page. This support relies on generating create scripts from the source database and then executing those scripts when you publish your web application. For more details regarding this feature...
  • Blog Post: VS Publish dialog Update Database dialog disabled

    If you have tried out our new Web Publish experience in Visual Studio you may have noticed that the Update Database checkbox is disabled. See the image below. The intended behavior of this checkbox is to enable you to incrementally publish your database schema from the source (the connection string in...
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