TFS Automated Deploy – Avoid MSDEPLOY Deleting Log Files


Last weekend I posted the details of how we are using TFS Build Server in conjunction with the Web Deployment Toolkit to enable automated build and deploy of some of our internal development environments.

One piece of feedback that I received from the previous post was that the configuration by default will delete all files in the deployment destination location. Normally this is perfectly acceptable behaviour – but in other cases less than ideal. Specifically, one of the solutions that we are building logs output to a logging folder within the application directory, and we do not want to lose the logs each time a build is deployed.

This is easily solved when deploying using the one-click publishing functionality in Visual Studio 2010 by selecting the “Leave Extra Files on Destination” option on the Publish dialog for a web application (the Publish dialog can be accessed by right clicking on the web application project in Solution Explorer, then selecting Publish) – but the solution is less obvious when using MSDEPLOY or the TFS 2010 build packages directly.

After some time searching through Google I came across this thread that describes the MSDEPLOY parameter –enablerule:DoNotDeleteRule. This parameter can be added to the Windows Workflow script used by TFS2010 for a build definition by modifying the InvoiceProcess activity used in my previous post as follows (change marked in red):

<mtbwa:InvokeProcess
Arguments=”/y /M:YourServer /u:UserName /p:Password

&quot;-setParam:’IIS Web Application Name’=’IISSite/VirtualDirectory‘&quot; -enablerule:DoNotDeleteRule
DisplayName=”Deploy Web Service”
FileName=”[String.Format(&quot;{0}\YourProjectName\YourProjectName.deploy.cmd&quot;, BuildDetail.DropLocation)]”>
</mtbwa:InvokeProcess>

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Author: Nick Hoggard

An architect working with the Microsoft development stack, my real interest lies in how we can utilise the tools we have to continuously improve our processes and quality.

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