Manage shared variables across Release definitions

One of the latest feature of VSTS is to provide a library for share variables between Releases definitions.

In this blog post we will see how create these shared variables and how link them to release definition.

Create variable group

The first step is to create variable group into the menu item Library (on Build & Release)

add variable group

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How generate _PublishedWebsites folder in Builds vnext

In TFS 2013 Xaml build and Msbuild we have the possibility to generate a folder _PublishedWebsites that contain the files result for the web project compilation.

_publishedWebSites

In new build system Vnext build for TFS 2015 and VSTS, for generate this folder during build compilation, into Visual Studio Build (or MSbuild) Task, add MsBuild Argument  /p:outdir with the destination of the compilation ouput, for example : /p:outdir=$(Build.BinariesDirectory)

msbuild Arguments

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