MSBuild 2017 command line seems to ignore your publish profile? You are trying to run a command similar to this and your projects/artifacts are not copied where they are supposed t be copied?
msbuild /p:Configuration=Release /p:DeployProjects=true /p:PublishProfile=Release
I have msbuild in my PATH, which is here just in case:
C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Visual Studio\\2017\\BuildTools\\MSBuild\\15.0\\Bin\\amd64\\msbuild.exe
Maybe you are using a build server, with Jenkins or a similar tool and you did not install Visual Studio 2017. I have such a setup and I installed just the ms build tools standalone package, find it at the bottom of this page: Build Visual Studio Downloads > find Build Tools for Visual Studio 2017.
This seems to be a well known issue, on github somebody reported the problem, and many people joined with a comment "Same to me".
In my case, I noticed I forgot to select also Web development build tools > .NET Framework 4.6.2 development tools:
Updating ms build tools and adding this missing component did the job. Now when I run msbuild I get my artifacts as expected.
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