Standard MSI based web deploy packages were dropped from VS2012. `MSDeploy` (in the form of `WebDeploy`) is now the preferred way to deploy *websites* (Windows Services, Console Apps, etc. are better suited with different deployment strategies).

WebDeploy creates Deployment Packages, that are combinations of:

  • zip
  • parameter file
  • a default bat file to run one of the IT:AD:MSDeploy statements.
    • This can be replaced with a custom bat or IT:AD:Powershell script to run more powerful scripts.