FIX: Error message when you try to use a project template that you create in Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals: "Failed to retrieve msbuild property FileGroupFileNames from the project file"

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Consider the following scenario. You have a database project that contains the FileGroups property. In Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals, you create a project template for a database project (.dbproj). In this scenario, when you try to use the project template, you receive the following error message:
Failed to retrieve msbuild property FileGroupFileNames from the project file.


The msbuild.exe tool does not handle imported properties correctly. Therefore, any property in a .user file cannot be moved manually to the project file and cannot be used as part of a template.


A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.


You must have Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Service Release 1 (SR1) installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Microsoft.VisualStudio.TeamSystem.Data.dll2.0.50727.3623,724,34412-Mar- 200813:43
Microsoft.VisualStudio.TeamSystem.DataPackage.dll2.0.50727.3625,186,63212-Mar- 200813:43


For information about the Export Template Wizard, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:


Article ID: 949460 - Last Review: August 1, 2008 - Revision: 1.0
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals
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