Upgrading from XAML to Build 2015 with minimal changes

16 Feb, 2016
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XAML builds on Visual Studio Team Services will be deprecated in September 2016. While support for XAML builds seems to stay around on-premise for a little while longer, it’s time to upgrade to Build 2015.

You may have invested quite a bit in the XAML build system in the past, but as long as your changes have been mostly limited to custom MsBuild tasks and targets, Powershell or batch scripts, then upgrading to Build 2015 is (almost) a piece of cake.

In this series I’ll go through the basic settings in the XAML Default Template and I’ll explain how to transfer each setting over to the new system. There are still a few things which are not possible in the new system, such as configuring Gated Checkins for TFVC, but almost every other setting can be converted over.

Before going over each setting, I’ll assume that you’ve installed at least one build agent, or are using Visual Studio Team Services with the Hosted Build option.

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Jesse Houwing
Jesse is a passionate trainer and coach, helping teams improve their productivity and quality all while trying to keep work fun. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) through, Microsoft Certified Trainer and GitHub Accredited Trainer. Jesse regularly blogs and you'll find him on StackOverflow, he has received the Microsoft Community Contributor Award three years in a row and has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award since 2015. He loves espresso and dark chocolate, travels a lot and takes photos everywhere he goes.

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