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Project Description

The Build Release and Deploy (BRD) Lite is a set of build process reference templates that allows you to quickly setup a real-world build process in your environment. It leverages extensions from Community TFS Build Extensions, which provide capabilities for your Team Foundation builds such as automatic compile, build version number customization, build packaging, code signing, basic deployment functionality, and environment configuration file management into your Team Foundation builds.

The “Lite” comes from giving you a build template that you or your Build administrators can use “out of the box” for most scenarios. Of course, you can always customize and extend as needed.



Visual Studio ALM Rangers

This guidance is created by the Visual Studio ALM Rangers, who have the mission to provide out of band solutions for missing features and/or guidance. This content was created with support from Microsoft Product Group, members of Microsoft Services, Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) and technical specialists from technology communities around the globe, giving you a real-world view from the field, where the technology has been tested and used.

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What is included in the downloads?

The solution is divided in separate packages to give you the choice of selective downloads. The default download is the first of the listed packages:

  • Hands-on Labs (HOL)
  • Build Templates

The Epics included in the guidance are:

  • As Abu, the build master, I would like to understand the changes and impact of Visual Studio 2012 on BRDLite
  • As Abu, the build master, I need guidance on extending the BRDLite reference template with new custom activities
  • As Abu, the build master, I would like a number of BRDLite reference templates, which implement scenario based custom activities.

External References

Build Customization Guide



  • The 2.0 CTP of Cat.NET can be downloaded from Microsoft Connect

Community TFS Build Extensions

  • Community TFS Build Extensions – this project makes use of the Community TFS Build Extensions which is a collection of custom build activities, templates and other resources for Team Foundation Build. Please visit and follow this project for the latest releases.


Bijan Javidi, Brandon Hawbaker, Jim Lamb, John Jacob, John Spinella, Mike Fourie, Richard Fennell, William Bartholomew, Willy-Peter Schaub

How to submit new ideas?

The recommended method is to post ideas to the Discussions Page or to contact the Rangers at


Post comments on the Discussions Page.


Last edited Jan 9 at 5:40 PM by wschaub, version 26