Thursday, 10 September 2015

Release Stopped while Deployment Task - Communication with the deployer was lost during the deployment.

What happens if a release a VS Release Management agent based release is stopped, while a deployment action is pending?
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Release stopped and following message received.
Communication with the deployer was lost during the deployment. Please make sure (1) the deployer machine has not rebooted during installation and (2) the component timeout is sufficient to copy the files from the drop location to the deployer machine and install the package.
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Worst is when the next release is triggered the first action is staying in pending state for ever. It not proceeding not failing.
How to resolve?
Go to the target machine and restart the deployment agent. Release actions comes alive.
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The above error “Communication with the deployer was lost during the deployment.” can occur in few other situations. Few helpful links below.
http://blogs.blackmarble.co.uk/blogs/rfennell/post/2014/05/01/Release-Management-components-fail-to-deploy-with-a-timeout-if-a-variable-is-changed-from-standard-to-encrypted.aspx
http://blogs.blackmarble.co.uk/blogs/rfennell/post/2014/09/18/Communication-with-the-deployer-was-lost-during-deployment-error-with-Release-Management.aspx
https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/expression/en-US/c633f125-b323-4d1c-8206-a14e6250e0c3/release-management-deploying-components-failing-since-update-2?forum=tfsbuild

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