NPanday .NET Build Tool Installation and Configuration


  • Remove previous installation: We recommend starting with a “clean” system, so follow the procedure for Uninstalling the NPanday .Net Build Tool before you install the new version.
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.5 or greater: Must be installed. The JAVA_HOME environment variable must be set to the directory where the JRE is installed, for example, C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06.. The Java executable (%JAVA_HOME%\bin) must also be added to PATH.
  • Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008: Must be installed. However, it must not be running when you install the NPanday add-in. If Visual Studio is currently running on your system, close it before continuing with this NPanday installation and configuration.
  • Microsoft Service Pack 1: Must be installed. Most of the NPanday build tool features require this.

    To make sure you have the Service Pack 1, go to Visual Studio Help > About menu option. From the About screen, verify that the Service Pack version is enclosed in parenthesis after the Visual Studio Version.

    Another way to verify the Service Pack installation is to click Copy Info from the About screen and paste the information in a text editor. Verify that the SP installation information is in the list.

    For Visual Studio 2005

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional
    Edition - ENU Service Pack 1 (KB926601)

    For Visual Studio 2008

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
    Version 9.0.30729.1 SP
    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Version 3.5 SP1
  • Visual Studio .NET Framework Software Development Kit (SDK) version 2.0: Must be installed. The SDK usually installs automatically when you install Visual Studio 2005, but you might have to download it separately and put it into the right place.

    To make sure you have the SDK:

    Navigate to the following directory on your system:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0

    Make sure the \v2.0 directory shown above contains all the pieces of the SDK (for example, the \Bin, \include, \CompactFramework, and \Lib directories, among others).

    Note: These are the default directories and it may be installed elsewhere on your system.

    To install the SDK if you don't already have it:

    If the directory structure/folder shown above does not exist or is empty, follow these instructions to get the SDK and put it into the correct location.

    Download the SDK from the following location:

    Note: The download places the SDK into a directory similar to the one shown below, instead of under Visual Studio 2005:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft.NET\SDK\v2.0 

    Note: It is not necessary to move the SDK after you download it (for example, to the location where Visual Studio puts it). Just make sure your PATH environment variable points to its location, as described in the PATH environment variable prerequisite information, below.

  • .NET Install Root directory: Must be present. Verify that your system includes the following .NET Install Root directory:


    Note: This directory should be in place by default from your Microsoft installation procedures. If it is not, refer to the appropriate Microsoft documentation for help.

  • NUnit 2.2 or greater: Must be present for testing your projects. To download and install go to Follow the instructions there for installing it. Add the NUnit bin directory to your PATH (see below).
  • settings.xml file: Must point to the repository that contains the .NET artifacts. This is typically found inside [M2_HOME]/conf directory, where [M2_HOME] is the Maven installation directory. Or, can also be found in C:/Documents and Settings/[user_home]/.m2 where the [user_home] is the home directory of the user performing the installation.
  • PATH environment variable: Must point to find the following:
    • The csc executable directory, the default path for which is: C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5
    • The devenv executable directory, the default path is typically: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE
    • For testing your projects you will need the nunit-console executable on your path. For example, it can be found here for version 2.4.3 in a default installation: C:\Program Files\NUnit 2.4.3\bin.

    Typically, the the PATH environment variable will look similar to this:

      PATH=%PATH%;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE;C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5;
      C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9\SDK\v3.5\bin;
      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\bin;C:\Program Files\NUnit 2.4.3\bin

    Note:To successfully install the NPanday add-in on machines with only Visual Studio 2008 installed, add this in the PATH: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\bin.

    The method you use to set the PATH environment can vary, depending on how you usually launch Visual Studio:

    • If you are starting Visual Studio from the Windows Start menu, use the following to set the PATH environment variable in the System Properties: Start > My Computer > View System Information > Advanced > Environment variables
    • If you are running Visual Studio from a command shell (using the devenv executable), use the command line to set the PATH environment variable.
  • ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 2 which can be obtained from

    This must be installed to skip the unsupported project types and be able to get the correct project type guid. Otherwise, the projects that are not supported will have a normal c# or vb project type guid and won't be skipped during project Import.

Installing NPanday .NET Build Tool