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Dry run installation/deployment

Topics: General Questions
Aug 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Hi, don't know if this has been asked before.

Is it possible to do a dry run of a deployment?  i.e. install the MSI and have it do all the checks that it would normally do - but not actually do the deployment?

Sometimes a deployment will fail because of old artefacts left deployed (or any number of reasaons really) . That will minimize production downtime.



Aug 13, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Hi Mark,

That's a good idea but it would require completely separate and complex logic paths.  A good share of the process uses btstask.exe, which doesn't have any kind of preview/test feature.  All of the validation would have to be built through custom MSBuild tasks.  I'd say that it's a very significant development effort given the amount of artifacts and cases that the Framework handles.