Web Deployment Projects are here

We heard a lot of feedback about the build process and new project system for managing more complex sites, build strategies, and deployment.  As a result, we've been working on a add-in for Visual Studio 2005 that enhances the built in support for MSBuild and the general Web build model.  The code is in Beta, but you can begin using it immediately.

Check out the main page at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/reference/infrastructure/wdp/default.aspx

Download the Bits
Read this article to get started ( seriously :)!)
Provide feedback at the forum / get your questions answered

UPDATE: Great walkthrough from ScottGu here


From the site:

Visual Studio 2005 Web Deployment Projects provide additional functionality for building and deploying Web site applications that you create in ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. This add-in includes a new tool that enables you to merge the assemblies created during ASP.NET 2.0 precompilation, and it provides a comprehensive UI within Visual Studio 2005 for managing build configurations, merging, and pre-build and post-build task using MSBuild.


Comments (6)
  1. arlux says:

    I hope this add-in is can be fix upload problam.When I make project in visual web developer 2005 and than I upload my project to host server but it’s alway have problam with win.config file.The error show <customError mode="Off" /> and I change that tag but i still recive the same error massage. but when i create project in vs.net i don’t have that problam.


  2. Hi Brian

    I am developing an enterprise web application and this tool would be really helpful to us.

    However we have experienced some encoding issues.

    All .asx files are in ‘iso-8859-1’ and it works fine with the aspnet_compiler.

    But after processing the precompiled app using the aspnet_merge tool all special characters are removed from the .asx files – including æ, ø and å (danish characters).

    I am using the web deployment edition released 9th february 2006, which claims to "Preserve file encoding when using the new assembly merge tool.".

    I hope you will look into this or forward this bug to the appropriate person.

    Best Regards

  3. Netflash says:

    Did you get any solution for that problem? I’m having the same but with Portuguese characters. They simply disappear after deployment!

  4. Steen Hoffnabb says:


    Please, if anybody has a solution to keep the æ ø å characters in the aspx files when using the aspnet_merge tool, please post it here and mail me at webdb@webdb.dk

  5. René Pjengaard says:

    Hi there

    this one worked for me. I had exact the same problem with the æ, ø, å characters.


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