MSBuild Extensions Pack releases to web

I am very happy to pass on news from Mike Fourie that has released v1 of a remarkably extensive MSBuild Extensions Pack on codeplex. In his words: 

The MSBuild Extension Pack is the successor to the FreeToDev MSBuild Tasks Suite and 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

Each task is documented and provided with an example in the help file. Where applicable, tasks are remote enabled, simply specify a MachineName and the task will target the remote machine.

Additional tasks and improvements to the documentation will be released frequently. I would encourage users to make use of the Issues and Discussions features on CodePlex and to contribute code to help drive this project forward.

Mike's goal is to make this the standard MSBuild task pack. With the energy he is putting into it, he has a good chance of that. If you're interested in contributing drop him a line at

-- Dan

Comments (2)

  1. tesicg says:

    Hello Dan,

    My name is Goran Tesic and I work for Dundas Data Visualization as QA Analyst.

    We have a VS2008 solution that is Silverlight application. Our solution has a lot of projects with dependencies among them. We’re trying to use Team Build to automate the build process. We’re able to compile the solution on locale machines without any problem. But, when we try to use TFSBuild.proj file we’ve got an errors that we’re not able to get rid of so far. I’ve tried to open and compile the solution in VS2008 on dedicated build machine and it works fine. So, only if we use Team Build we got an errors. We’ve tried a lot of things and no success so far.

    I’ve posted our issue to "Team Foundation Server – Build Automation" forum and one person, I think from Microsoft asked me for details and I’ve sent him what he asked for and solution and project files as well. Also, I’ve sent him TFSBuild.proj file. We didn’t have answer so far. His e-mail address is:

    This is very important for us to automate our building process and that’s why I’m writing to you and asking for help. Please, help us.

    My e-mail address is:

    Thank you in advance.


    Goran Tesic

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