On my build machines I prefer not to install Visual Studio and just rely on the .Net framework which includes all the tools required to run a build. Unfortunately the SilverLight 4 tools have been released so that they will only install on a machine with Visual Studio 2010 installed. I hunted around for a solution to this but didn’t find anything, then I realised that the file Silverlight4_Tools.exe could be extracted and you can install just the SDK as follows:
- Download the SilverLight 4 tools (Silverlight4_Tools.exe).
- Extract the files silverlight_sdk.msi and silverlight_sdk.cab either by using WinZip or running Silverlight4_Tools.exe with the /createlayout command line.
- Run silverlight_sdk.msi on your build machine.
So far this is working for me but I may need to install some of the other tools at a later stage.