This article was previously published as Microsoft Knowledge Base article 829019.
This article contains information about the Microsoft Deploying .NET Applications Lifecycle Guide. This guide contains information about how to plan and to implement the effective deployment of your Microsoft .NET Framework-based applications (Framework applications).
If your organization is developing Framework applications, you face the challenge of deploying these applications efficiently and reliably throughout your environment. If you are experienced in the area of deployment, some of the challenges will be familiar. However, there are many new technologies in Framework applications and several considerations that are unique to deploying them.
This guide describes the experiences of both Microsoft and external consultants in the relevant field to give you some of the best information that is available about effective Framework application deployment. This guide provides information about how to deploy all types of Framework applications by using a variety of mechanisms, including no-touch deployment, and Microsoft Windows Installer package deployment.
This guide discusses the deployment lifecycle from planning applications through to maintaining applications. It also describes how applications that are built on different versions of the Framework can exist in side-by-side installations.
This guide is intended for anyone who is responsible for deploying Framework applications. You do not need any specialized prerequisite knowledge to use this guide.
The Deploying .NET Applications Lifecycle Guide is organized in four chapters, as follows:
Chapter 1: Introduction This chapter introduces you to the guide and summarizes the chapters that the guide contains. This chapter also examines the nature of Framework applications and the .NET Framework, and discusses how to deploy the .NET Framework. By using the information that is provided in this chapter, you can start to plan the deployment of your Framework applications.
Chapter 2: Planning the Deployment of .NET Framework-based Applications There are many planning considerations that you must take into account before you determine how to deploy your Framework applications. The information that this chapter contains may help you to make informed decisions about how to deploy your Framework applications.
Chapter 3: Implementing the Deployment of .NET Framework-based Applications Generally, you may find that deploying applications by using the .NET Framework is much easier than deploying applications in earlier development environments. However, some Framework applications are very complex. Use the advice that appears in this chapter to deploy these applications effectively to your environment.
Chapter 4: Maintaining .NET Framework-based Applications To deploy applications successfully in a relatively simple environment is one thing; to deploy those applications in environments where other applications already exist, and to maintain those applications through multiple upgrades is quite another. This chapter helps you to deal with the conflicts that you may experience between different applications. This chapter also helps you to deal with any difficulties that you may experience when you try to update your applications.