Upgrading to BuildMaster 6.1 (2018)
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Upgrading to BuildMaster 6.1 (2018)

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Applies to BuildMaster v5 to v6.0 Only
This document is intended to help you upgrade to BuildMaster 6.1. If you're using v3 or v4, please follow Upgrading from BuildMaster v3 and v4 for upgrade options.

BuildMaster 6.1 is the "last stop" for BuildMaster's Legacy Features, as they were all removed in BuildMaster 6.2, were removed. While we plan to support BuildMaster 6.1 for the foreseeable future, we will retire support for older versions.

Change Summary

The following table summarizes all of the changes introduced in v6.0 and v6.1, and the details can be found below.

If you're upgrading from v5, please note that all custom extensions must be recompiled and you will need to take care in upgrading extensions
BuildMaster 6.0
  • .NET 4.5.2+ is required (previous installs required v4.5.0+) (major configuration change)
  • SQL Server 2008 or later is required for new installations (major configuration change)
  • Free edition now grants unlimited users, but all users are full administrators (major configuration change)
  • Multiple license key support is removed in favor of a single license key (major configuration change)
  • Environment assignments to Resource Credentials are enforced during plan execution (major configuration change)
  • Legacy plan action-operation converters in extensions are removed
  • Existing custom extensions must be recompiled against the latest SDK after upgrading to the Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK v6; see upgrading extensions (major configuration change)
  • Legacy features are now hidden by configuration (major configuration change)
  • Deployment plan templates are renamed to Modules
  • New UI styling that still should be familiar to v5 users
  • Application import & export (new feature)
  • Inedo SDK support (new feature)
  • Native API endpoints that were deprecated in v5 are removed
BuildMaster 6.1
  • add Git repository monitors and hooks (new feature)
  • add variable value renderers (new feature)
  • add CI Badge API (new feature
  • add opt-in Loupe integration (new feature)
  • rename "release packages" to "builds" (major UI change)
  • Legacy BuildMaster SDK change

Upgrade Process

You can only upgrade from BuildMaster v5 or BuildMaster v6.1. To upgrade from one of these versions:

  1. Download and run the Inedo Hub from my.inedo.com/downloads or use the latest traditional installer
  2. Remove old (5.x) extensions as appropriate
    • Reasons you may need to remove extensions:
      • If the extension shows an error message, stating it failed to load for any reason. Remove it and reinstall {ExtensionName}Legacy or {ExtensionName}.
      • If the extension shows a higher installed version than the available version. Remove it and reinstall {ExtensionName}Legacy or {ExtensionName}.
    • See upgrading extensions for more information.
  3. Install the 6.1 extensions

Risk Mitigation

Although the risks vary depending on which version you're upgrading from, you should take the following precautions to prevent downtime:

  • Make sure that your BuildMaster database is backed up prior to upgrade
  • Make sure that your Encryption Key is backed up prior to upgrade
  • Make sure that the installation's \Extensions directory is backed up prior to upgrade


Because there are database changes, a rollback will require uninstalling BuildMaster, and then restoring your BuildMaster instance.

Upgrading Extensions

Extensions in BuildMaster v6 can now be compiled against the Inedo.SDK. This also means that existing extensions need to be recompiled against the Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK 6.0, or if no legacy features are used, the latest Inedo.SDK package from NuGet. If the intent is to upgrade to v6.2, the Inedo.SDK must be referenced as the Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK will be removed.

Because of this,  customers that still use any legacy plans, build importers, source control providers, or issue tracking providers must download the {ExtensionName}Legacy extension in addition to the {ExtensionName} extension counterpart. The complete list of available legacy extensions is here:

  • TFSLegacy
  • JiraLegacy
  • TeamCityLegacy
  • MercurialLegacy
  • JenkinsLegacy
  • FTPLegacy
  • AzureLegacy
  • AmazonLegacy
  • YouTrackLegacy
  • NuGetLegacy
  • WindowsLegacy
  • InedoCoreLegacy

Any {ExtensionName}Legacy extensions will be removed in v6.2.

Which NuGet package should I choose?

Extensions that implement any legacy features (e.g. legacy plan actions, source control providers, issue tracker connections, database connections) must use v6 of the Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK. Database calls (i.e. DB.) or references to strongly-typed tables names (i.e. Tables.) are also not available in the Inedo.SDK since it is shared across multiple products. Support for shared/common objects (e.g. servers, roles) is supported via the SDK class.

If no legacy features are used and there is no reliance on specific database calls, the extension should use the latest Inedo.SDK NuGet package. The complete list of Inedo.SDK supported classes can be found in the Inedo SDK Reference.

Upgrading Extensions

Upgrading a pre-v6 extension (whether using the Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK or Inedo.SDK) requires the following:

  • The target framework must be set to .NET 4.5.2 at a minimum
  • For Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK: Upgrade the SDK NuGet package to v6.0.0 (this will also install Inedo.SDK as a dependency)
  • For Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK or Inedo.SDK: Upgrade the Inedo.SDK to the latest version
  • NuGet will automatically reference the following packages, ensure they are set to CopyLocal=false and SpecificVersion=falsein the project properties:
    • BuildMaster.Web.Controls(Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK only)
    • BuildMasterCore(Inedo.BuildMaster.SDK only)
    • Inedo.Agents.Client
    • Inedo.ExecutionEngine
    • Inedo.SDK
    • InedoLib
  • To resolve most compiler errors that you will receive on NuGet package upgrade, the ALT+SHIFT+F10 keyboard shortcut that brings up the Light Bulb will quickly apply the appropriate using statements
Class & Namespace Changes
  • PromotionContext no longer implements IGenericBuildMasterContext. While never documented as doing so, explicit casts to this interface must be removed
  • All helper classes marked with System.ObsoleteAttribute in the pre-v6 SDK have been removed in v6. Most replacements to InedoLib.Util. are found in InedoLib.AH
  • ILogger.Log() extensions (e.g. LogDebug, LogError) accepted a format string in v4.X which was deprecated in v5.0, and now removed in v6.0; use string.Format() inside the Log() call instead
Pre-v6 Type Namev6 Replacement
Util.AgentsUse context.GetAgent() instead
Util.ArtifactsUse Artifact class
SourceControlFileFolderPickerInedo.Web.ScmBrowserTextBox or Inedo.Web.FileBrowserTextBox
SuggestibleValueInedo.Web.SuggestableValue (note the spelling change)
InedoLib.Util.WriteJson(TextWriter, object)Newtonsoft.Json.JsonSerializer.CreateDefault().Serialize(TextWriter, object)

Legacy SDK Change in BuildMaster 6.1

There is 1 possible breaking change between v6.0 and v6.1 of the BuildMaster SDK: ExecutionsFailedEvent was renamed to ExecutionFailedEvent. In the unlikely event that this event code was consumed by an extension, it must be updated to drop the "s", and reference the newly added ExecutionId event detail.

the Inedo SDK (available since v6.0) is not affected, and extensions built against it do not require updates. However, the Inedo.SDK v1.1 version is available from NuGet going forward.

BuildMaster 6.1 Change Details

BuildMaster 6.1 Behavior Change: Resource Credentials' Environment Usage

In this version, if a Resource Credential is assigned to an environment, any deployment targets that reference the credential must be associated with that environment, otherwise, a run time error will occur.

BuildMaster 6.1 Behavior Change: Hiding Legacy Features

In this version, legacy features are hidden from the UI unless configured to be shown on the Advanced Settings page via the Legacy.{FeatureName} settings. Additionally, visiting the Administration > Legacy Features Dashboard and running the detection mechanism will also set the configuration values automatically.

BuildMaster 6.1 Free Edition Licensing Changes

Before v6.0, BuildMaster Free included 5 users, 10 applications, and 5 servers. Beginning with v6.0, BuildMaster Free is now unlimited users, applications, and servers, but all anonymous users are granted "view-only" privileges, and all authenticated users act as full administrators (i.e. all users have every permission granted to them and restrictions are ignored).


Any Free Edition users that expose their instance to the internet should be aware that this change effectively turns their BuildMaster instance into a public one, where applications, releases, and execution data can be viewed by any user with access to the web application.

Any existing free users who are negatively affected by this change, visit the contact form and we can send you a new key that will effectively be a 5 user key with no server or application restrictions.

BuildMaster 6.1 Multiple License Key Support Removed

Take note of your current license key before upgrading in case the latest license key added is not the key that is currently in use.

Multiple license key support will be removed in this version. On upgrade, BuildMaster will use the latest-added & activated license key as the single license key, and references to all others will be removed. If the wrong key was chosen as the single key, you will have to log into MyInedo if you did not take note of the current key.

BuildMaster 6.1 Feature: Rename "Release Packages" to "Builds"

This is effectively a UI-only change. While API arguments or properties that reference "packages" should be considered deprecated, any non-native endpoint that references them (e.g. /packages/deploy, packageId or packageNumber) will still accept and return those properties. Going forward, buildId and buildNumber should be used.

Compatibility with the Native API may break in this case, however, most of the endpoints referenced "builds" originally.

For a word from Inedo's founder on the reasoning behind this change, check out his latest blog article.

BuildMaster 6.1 Feature: Repository Monitors & Hooks

Support for monitoring Git repository changes at custom intervals and custom plans to execute once they are detected, offering far more than was possible in existing legacy build triggers. Additionally, support has been added to accept incoming webhook events from GitHub and GitLab. See the documentation for more information and examples, and also the Git extension wiki for hook configuration of a specific host.

BuildMaster 6.1 Feature: Custom Variable Value Rendering

Support for rendering a release or build configuration variable with custom HTML. See the documentation for more information and examples.

BuildMaster 6.1 Feature: CI Badges

Support for generating CI badges and links using the CI Badge API. See the API documentation for more information and examples.

BuildMaster 6.1 Feature: Customer Experience & Improvement Program

Inedo has partnered with Gibraltar Software in order to integrate Loupe with our products as part of our customer success initiative. This program is known as the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), and this opt-in program offers several benefits to both Inedo and our customers.

This feature is disabled by default in all existing and new installations. Visit the documentation to learn how to opt-in, and more about what kind of data is collected and how Inedo uses it.

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