Using MS Build for creating Installaion CD RRS feed

  • Question

  • I used to create installations using InstallShield. I liked the ability to write code for registry entries, dialog boxes, options,
    environment variable handling, etc. My only tool now is MS BUild. Will that do everything I want?
    Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:43 PM


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  • Hi,

    MSBuild is completely transparent with regards to how it processes and builds software, enabling developers to orchestrate and build products in build lab environments where Visual Studio is not installed. 

     MSBuild Tasks Suite provides a collection of over 170 MSBuild tasks designed for the .net 3.5 Framework. A high level summary of what the tasks currently cover includes the following:

    • System Items: Certificates, COM+, Console, Date and Time, Drives, Environment Variables, Event Logs, Files and Folders, GAC, Network, Performance Counters, Registry, Services, Sound
    • Code: Assemblies, CAB Files, Code Signing, File Detokenisation, GUID’s, Mathematics, Strings, Threads, Zip
    • Applications: BizTalk 2006, Email, IIS7, MSBuild, SourceSafe, StyleCop, Team Foundation Server, Visual Basic 6, WMI

    I believe it provides more advanced features that Installshield.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 10:56 AM
  • That being the case, what documentation would you recommend for learning? I just installed VS 2008, and I found the
    help pages for MSBuild very difficult to follow. Should I gut it out with the documentation therein, or find some other
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 7:30 PM
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    Thursday, February 11, 2010 2:06 AM