Rory Primrose

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VS2013 project templates fails to build on TF Service

Posted on November 1, 2013

My upgrade pain with VS2013 and the Azure SDK 2.2 continues. Hosted build now fails with the following error:

The task factory "CodeTaskFactory" could not be loaded from the assembly "C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\12.0\bin\amd64\Microsoft.Build.Tasks.v4.0.dll". Could not load file or assembly 'file:///C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\12.0\bin\amd64\Microsoft.Build.Tasks.v4.0.dll' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

While my Polish is non-existent, the answer can be found at The project templates for the web and worker role projects uses ToolsVersion=”12.0”. This needs to be changed to ToolsVersion=”4.0” for hosted build to be successful.