Developing a web application isn’t easy and time consuming. You spend a lot of hours thinking about software design, security problems and of course how to improve end user’s usability. 'Why not lowering the barrier for installing (trying out) your software - using common windows installer technology.

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project is in maintenance mode! - for a more up do date approach check out the Microsoft web deployment tool

This project will enable you to build a Windows Installer package for your Web Application within 30 minutes- by only utilizing open source software.
The following technologies are supported:
  • Scripting:
    • ASP.NET
    • PHP
    • Perl
  • Databases:
    • Microsoft SQL Server (2005 and 2008)
    • MySQL Server


See the steps - one by one: Screen1

You will be able to create a MSI that is cabable of:
  • Creating a new website
  • Adding a virtual directory to an existing website
  • Creating an application pool and setting up a website/folder as ASP.NET 2 application
  • Creating a new Microsoft SQL Database, Logins and Users
  • Configuring your web application (e.g. web.config) and setting values collected in wizard mode
  • A lot of user guidance, messages and validations

Lazy? Wan't to download something? Go FZI - these are packages the FZI has created an tested.

See: Projects using the WAI template

Don't believe it can be done in 30 minutes? - check it out!
web application installer - V2

Last edited May 4, 2010 at 2:55 PM by bernhardfrank, version 19