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.NET Framework Deployment Features

The .NET Framework provides a number of basic features that make it easier to deploy a variety of applications. These features include:

  • No-impact applications.

    This feature provides application isolation and eliminates DLL conflicts. By default, components do not affect other applications.

  • Private components by default.

    By default, components are deployed to the application directory and are visible only to the containing application.

  • Controlled code sharing.

    Code sharing requires you to explicitly make code available for sharing rather than being the default behavior.

  • Side-by-side versioning.

    Multiple versions of a component or application can coexist, you can choose which versions to use, and the common language runtime enforces versioning policy.

  • XCOPY deployment and replication.

    Self-described and self-contained components and applications can be deployed without registry entries or dependencies.

  • On-the-fly updates.

    Administrators can use hosts, such as ASP.NET, to update program DLLs, even on remote computers.

  • Integration with the Microsoft Windows Installer.

    Advertisement, publishing, repair, and install-on-demand are all available when deploying your application.

  • Enterprise deployment.

    This feature provides easy software distribution, including using Active Directory.

  • Downloading and caching.

    Incremental downloads keep downloads smaller, and components can be isolated for use only by the application for zero-impact deployment.

  • Partially trusted code.

    Identity is based on the code rather than the user, policy is set by the administrator, and no certificate dialog boxes appear.

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