Publish or Web Deploy an Azure Web App with MSBuild
It’s taken me a day and half to get this working. We have a Web App project which needs to be pushed to Azure from Jenkins. I was following this guide, Publish an Azure Web Site from the Command Line but it wasn’t doing the publish/deploy part at all.
At one point I thought it was because I was trying to build the solution rather than the key project, but trying to build the project with MSBuild led to a lot of mess due to its dependencies.
I messed with loads of things, but the kicker was putting
VisualStudioVersion=12.0 in the properties of the MSBuild call. The version number you put in here corresponds to a tools directory such as
C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v12.0. Mine was defaulting to v11.0 but I didn’t have
/WebApplication tooling directories in the v11.0 folder. So check you have those directories in whichever version folder you choose!
Here’s my build command (which I run from the solution directory)
C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe /p:DeployOnBuild=true;Configuration=Test;PublishProfile=azure-lcws-test;VisualStudioVersion=12.0 MySolution.sln
This uses my custom
Configuration. It’s just here for reference.
OK, that’s all. If you have a slightly different twist on the problem and manage to fix it, post it online somewhere! :)