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Installing ASP.NET Applications

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 with SP1

After the Web server is deployed, you can install your ASP.NET applications. First, you must create a Web site and virtual directories for each ASP.NET application. Then you need to install each ASP.NET application in the corresponding Web site and virtual directory.

You can use the Web Platform Installer (Web PI) to easily install IIS, and applications that run on IIS. The Web PI is a free, lightweight tool that lets you install IIS and related technologies such as ASP.NET, SQL Server Express, Visual Web Developer, other popular Web applications, and more. Because the Web PI installs the latest versions of available Web Platform offerings, with just a few simple clicks you can download and install any new tools or updates. To learn more about the Web PI, see Learn more and install the Web PI.

When there are provisioning or setup scripts for your ASP.NET applications, use these scripts to install the ASP.NET applications on the Web server. Because the provisioning and setup scripts create the Web sites and virtual directories while installing ASP.NET applications, you do not need to perform any manual steps to install the ASP.NET applications. In this case, run the provisioning or setup scripts to install and configure the Web sites and applications, and then continue to the next step in the application deployment process. For information on the next step in the process, see Enabling Common Storage for ASP.NET Session State.

Figure 2.3 illustrates the process for installing your ASP.NET applications.

Figure 2.3   Installing ASP.NET Applications

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