Error while building a BizTalk 2006 solution on Visual Studio 2005: The key container name ‘key.snk’ does not exist

Posted: January 12, 2013 in BizTalk
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Today while I was playing with BizTalk Server 2006, yes I know very old stuff, but sometimes is needed… and for those who are accustomed to developer BizTalk solutions knows that we need to sign the project with a strong name assembly key file before we deploy them… nothing new.

The funniest part came when I tried to build the solution in Visual Studio, and I ended up getting this odd error:

Cryptographic failure while signing assembly ‘Myproject.dll’ — ‘The key container name ‘MyKey.snk’ does not exist’

At first I thought I had set the path to the key wrong, but I quickly realized that was not the case, and if that was the case, we would have received a different error message:

Cryptographic failure while signing assembly ‘Myproject.dll’ – ‘Error reading key file ‘MyKey.snk’ — The system cannot find the file specified’

CAUSE

You have incorrectly defined a strong name key file!

The process to sign the project in Visual Studio 2010 is very different than in Visual Studio 2005. In 2005 we have 3 properties:

  • Assembly Delay Sign
  • Assembly Key File
  • and Assembly Key Name

And we normally only need to configure the “Assembly Key File”… however, in my case I copied and configure the wrong property without intention which led to me to receive this error message, hehehe

assembly-sign-strong-name

SOLUTION

That easy, you have to properly configure the property "Assembly Key File"

Hehehe… Everyone make mistakes, hehehe lesson learned.

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