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March 9, 2017 / kiranpatils

Quick Helix deployment approach


I have been looking at a why, how we can deploy Helix approached solution without adding lot of tools and complexities. After investing some quality time. Have been able to do it. Few tweaks are required to this process. So, it can be automated. But basic idea should get you going!


As you know each Foundation/Feature/Project – might have one web project Files which needs to be deployed to webroot. And TDS Items as well. Let’s look at each of them:

  1. Files : To deploy files, I prefered to use my old and gold – Web deploy! As you know for webdeploy and Visual studio publish for web project to work you need .pubxml and it holds few configurations. To centralize those configurations, here’s what we did:
    1. In Configuration folder created .targets file e.g. scbasics-pubsettings.targets
    2. Which contains publish related configurations  e.g. WebPublishMethod,MSDeployServiceURL etc.
    3. Each Web Project has its own .pubxml file which points to .targets file which we created earlier <Import Project=”..\..\..\..\..\..\Configuration\scbasics-publishsettings.targets” />
    4. So, using above approach, Configurations are centralized. So, in case if you have to change anything. You change it at one place rather than changing lot of places [depends on your feature/foundation/project count]
  2. TDS : We had access of Target server using HTTP. So, we just added required configuration in TdsGlobal.Config for that particular environment. And TDS is smart enough to take care of it! [QUICK UPDATE : 31-AUG-2017 – If you are using TDS Sync over HTTP. Then you can uncheck Build TDS Project for particular build configuration — It will save some time]

I have not been able to hook it with Teamcity and do automated deployment yet. But when I do it using .sln — I can foresee only one challenge — Build ordering – Because your project should be built at last and it should copy root’s Web.Config. But that can be resolved with some ways — Which I’ve left for you! 🙂 Or you know If I spend time on it, will share with you — I expect the same! 😉

One more Helix puzzle resolved!

Happy Deployment! 🙂



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  1. Sean Holmesby (@seanholmesby) / Mar 10 2017 4:10 am

    Here are a bunch of tips for deploying Helix (using TDS) projects faster.

    In the Habitat TDS version, I just use TDS’s file deployment to copy my changes over….not WebDeploy. So I just Build the solution, and my build output is automatically sent to my webroot folder.
    This takes care of file deployment and gets the settings from TDS….and the demo solution is also setup correctly to handle the build order.

    – Sean

    • kiranpatils / Aug 31 2017 10:34 pm

      Thank you — I finally figured it out — Clever!

  2. Ridhika / Sep 1 2017 11:31 am


    Do we need to create 2 or more publish profile and import target file in each. Can you please elaborate.

    • kiranpatils / Dec 1 2017 6:49 pm



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