Introduction

Errors may occur during a deployment of BizTalk in a .Net 3.0 and later environment.

This is not a BizTalk problem, this is a platform problem.
MAX_PATH is hard coded in Windows to and limited to 260 bytes:    
stdlib.h:#define _MAX_PATH   260 /* max. length of full pathname */

In Visual Studio 2008 you will target .Net 2.0 not 4.0 so the assembly is pushed into the shorter named GAC location and doesn’t fail.

Causes or Possible Causes

You file name is 101 characters, and that is too long for .Net 4.0 and here is why:
  • The first example of your assembly under .Net 4.0 and it is 272 bytes long.

You may notice that the length of the file name has a double impact because it is counted twice, once in the path and once in the file name.

.Net 4.0, 272 bytes long, exceeds the OS maximum of 260 characters:

  •  C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\assembly\GAC_MSIL\Company.CRM.BankingRelationships.Maps.MappingStuff.MyfancyMapResponseToFancyPathToMapAssemblyName\v4.0_1.0.0.0__99de785c001f001\Company.CRM.BankingRelationships.Maps.MappingStuff.MyfancyMapResponseToFancyPathToMapAssemblyName.dll

.Net 2.0, 258 characters, under the maximum limit of the OS:

  • C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL\Company.CRM.BankingRelationships.Maps.MappingStuff.MyfancyMapResponseToFancyPathToMapAssemblyName\v4.0_1.0.0.0__99de785c001f001\Company.CRM.BankingRelationships.Maps.MappingStuff.MyfancyMapResponseToFancyPathToMapAssemblyName.dll

Solution

As a result you must change the name of your output assembly to (anything that is short enough to qualify):
  • Company.CRM.BankingRelationships.Maps.MappingStuff.MyfancyMapResponseToPathToAssemblyName

.Net 4.0, 248 bytes long:

  •  C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\assembly\Company.CRM.BankingRelationships.Maps.MappingStuff.MyfancyMapResponseToPathToAssemblyName\v4.0_1.0.0.0__99de785c001f001\Company.CRM.BankingRelationships.Maps.MappingStuff.MyfancyMapResponseToPathToAssemblyName.dll

See Also

Read suggested related topics: Another important place to find a huge amount of BizTalk-related articles is the TechNet Wiki. The best entry point is BizTalk Server Resources on the TechNet Wiki.


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