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Web Deploy Command Line Reference

Updated: March 12, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP

The Msdeploy.exe command-line executable file that implements Web Deploy functionality contains many powerful features. A Web Deploy verb specifies the action to be taken, such as synchronization (sync. The -source and -dest arguments define the source and destination of the data to be deployed. Typically, a source or destination is a Web site or Web server. A variety of predefined source and destination object types are available in the form of providers. Providers let you access and synchronize Web sites and Web servers, metabase and ApplicationHost.config configuration information, archived Web sites and Web servers, file and directory paths, and other IIS-related data. For more information about providers, see Web Deploy Providers.

Web Deploy has additional arguments that let you refine the meaning of providers and their sources and destinations. Operation settings modify how the command runs. Rules modify the behavior of operations. Link extensions let you pull together data in ways that would not otherwise be possible. These features combine to enable you to implement custom Web deployment scenarios with maximum power and flexibility.

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