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App_Offline Updates in Webdeploy V3 and Visual Studio 2013


App_Offline Updates in Webdeploy V3 and Visual Studio 2013

Please refer Don’t Mess with App_Offline article to see the usefulness of App_Offline. Treat the below article as an update to the concepts and basics shared earlier.

After going through visual studio 2013 updates available across the web, I found some interesting notes related to app_offline at

  1. http://www.iis.net/learn/publish/deploying-application-packages/taking-an-application-offline-before-publishing
  2. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2013/10/30/web-publishing-updates-for-app-offline-and-usechecksum.aspx

To summarize both the articles, An “AppOffline” rule was added to Web Deploy V3, This rule is disabled by default and needs to be enabled for taking an application offline.

Example to be run on command line:

msdeploy.exe -verb:sync -source:iisApp=mySite -dest:auto,computername= -enableRule:AppOffline

Now, the above logic is integrated with visual studio 2013 where the rule can be enabled  in .pubxml file associated to corresponding publish profile.These web publish profiles are stored as MSBuild files under Properties\PublishProfiles

Add the following element in the PropertyGroup element.


So the resulting publish profile will look something like the following.

<!--?<span class="hiddenSpellError" pre=""-->xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?&gt;

&lt;Project ToolsVersion="12.0" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003"&gt;





&lt;DeployIisAppPath&gt;Default Web Site&lt;/DeployIisAppPath&gt;











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  1. nice superb explaination

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