Licensing and MS Team Build/Building on server

dwilliamsdwilliams Posts: 6
edited November 29, 2006 11:39AM in SQL Toolkit Previous Versions
I am not certain this issue falls within the domain of what you can support, but any help you can give will help. I have a problem (I believe) with the licesnse files while performing a build via Team Foundation Server. I have an application that uses/references the RedGate Toolkit dlls, and uses the license.licx as described in other posts. I am able to build and run locally, however building via Team Foundation Server on the server generates the following error. I should note RedGate Dlls are referenced via the GAC, and have been added to the build machine.

licenses.licx(1,0): error LC0004: Exception occurred creating type 'RedGate.SQLCompare.Engine.Database, RedGate.SQLCompare.Engine, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=7f465a1c156d4d57' System.InvalidOperationException: Showing a modal dialog box or form when the application is not running in UserInteractive mode is not a valid operation. Specify the ServiceNotification or DefaultDesktopOnly style to display a notification from a service application.


  • In looking at this further, Team Build/Team Foundation Server on the build server was attempting to run the build in a "UserInactive" mode. Since the build is started by a service, it runs the build in a mode where modal dialogs are not allowed to be created. Hence the License could never be validated.

    To get around this I built the solution manually. I used a command window and the MSBuild command to build the solution contiaining the Red Gate .dll references. The license verification dialog came up, and I was able to verify my License. After validating the license once, TFS was able to perform builds without an issue.
  • Brian DonahueBrian Donahue Posts: 6,590 New member

    Genius! I would have suggested the website workaround, because putting toolkit functionality in a website will result in the same 'modal dialogue' error. What you can do to circumvent this is compile a console application (say, one of those in Toolkit Sample Files). This will create a SQL Toolkit_v5.lic file, which you can put in the output folder for the project and continue re-using this file for all Toolkit projects built on the same machine. If the .lic file is present, you will not be prompted to enter a serial number and therefore not get the 'modal dialogue'.
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