No Default Service Configuration Could be Found in the Project

Build definition woes...

A while back I was setting build definitions to automatically deploy our MVC app to Microsoft Azure. There's a nifty way to integrate the two, such that I can kick off a build in Visual Studio and minutes later the website will be updated. Things weren't going exactly as planned though and I was receiving the error shown below.

The issue was that I had failed to specify the MSBuild Arguments in the build definition when I created it in Visual Studio. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Open up the Team Explorer in Visual Studio
  • Select "Builds"
  • Right click on the build of interest and select "Edit Build Definition..."
  • Click on the "Process" tab on the left-hand side
  • Navigate to the "Advanced" section
  • In the "MSBuild Arguments" setting, input "/t:Publish /p:TargetProfile=QA" replace "QA" with the environment of choice corresponding to the configuration file name

This should help the build server to know which config file to use.

BONUS TIP: If you're trying to figure out how to deploy to the Production slot instead of Staging, put "Production" in the "Alternate Cloud Service Environment" setting under the "Publishing - Azure Cloud Service" section on the "Process" tab.


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