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If you creating web application to be deployed to Windows Azure, you probably noticed that deployment and azure instance initialization may take a while. Any missing reference or break will cause you time and lost productivity.

Few days ago I spent couple of hours trying to include all mvc references one by one making sure that application app has minimum set of required assemblies.

Phil hack published an article

For other GAC assemblies which are not part of .net 4.0 framework make sure to set Copy Local flag to true: