[SOLVED] Cannot build .NET Framework web app targeting 4.7.2 with VS 2022 installed on a docker container


I can’t successfully build basic ASP.NET web app targeting framework 4.7.2.
I built a docker image with a base image for Windows Server Core 2019. On this image I installed VS 2022 Enterprise and took Azure development, .NET desktop development, ASP.NET and web development modules, including recommended ones.
For dotnet core solutions everything works fine, but for dotnet framework I am getting such errors:

packages\Microsoft.CodeDom.Providers.DotNetCompilerPlatform.2.0.1\build\net46\Microsoft.CodeDom.Providers.DotNetCompilerPlatform.props(31,5): Error MSB3758: An error has occurred during compilation. error CS0014: Required file 'alink.dll' could not be found

packages\Microsoft.CodeDom.Providers.DotNetCompilerPlatform.2.0.1\build\net46\Microsoft.CodeDom.Providers.DotNetCompilerPlatform.props(31,5): Error MSB4175: The task factory "CodeTaskFactory" could not be loaded from the assembly "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\2022\Enterprise\MSBuild\Current\Bin\Microsoft.Build.Tasks.Core.dll". The task factory must return a value for the "TaskType" property.

I additionally installed .NET Frameworks: 4.5, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.7.1, 4.8, but it didn’t help.
Locally, I am able to build it without any problems. I checked the image if VS 2022 was installed without any issues and it looks fine as well. All environment variables are also in place. I thought the issue was related with some missing .NET Frameworks with SDKs, but it still persists.

Installing Redistributable C++ 2012-2022 didn’t help as well. I am using MSBuild 17.
What I still might be missing?

I want to create an agent for Azure DevOps and as a reference I use the Dockerfile from Microsoft documentation. One difference is that before the start script, I run my custom script to silently install the VS 2022 with the modules I specified earlier.
I use Azure DevOps pipelines to build the solution, and the [email protected] task.


I was finally able to solve the problem I had. It turned out that the base windows server core image didn’t contain all of the needed prerequisites nor Visual Studio. Solution was to use extended windows server core image with sdk 4.8. This is strange, because Visual Studio already delivers everything for sdk 4.8. I think the extended image must have had something else that didn’t come with the VS installation.

Answered By – Mike26

Answer Checked By – David Marino (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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