Deploying Applications and Components

Deployment is the process by which you distribute a finished application or component to be installed on other computers. In Visual Studio 2010, you can deploy applications or components by using either ClickOnce deployment or Windows Installer deployment technology. For a discussion of the options available for deployment, see Choosing a Deployment Strategy.

The following topics will help you learn more about deployment:

Topic

Description

Choosing a Deployment Strategy

Compares the Visual Studio deployment technologies: ClickOnce and Windows Installer.

What's New in Deployment

Describes deployment changes in Visual Studio 2010 from the traditional deployment model in earlier versions of Visual Studio.

Visual Studio Installer Deployment

Describes the traditional Windows Installer deployment technology, in which you create and distribute installer packages to users, and the users run a Setup file to install the application.

ClickOnce Security and Deployment

Describes ClickOnce deployment, which lets you publish Windows-based applications to a Web server or network file share.

Application Deployment Prerequisites

Describes the bootstrapper, which is a generic installer that you can configure to install prerequisite components.

Deployment Errors and Support

Describes error messages that are related to ClickOnce deployment and Windows Installer deployment.

Topic

Description

Managing Solutions, Projects, and Files

Gives information about working with projects and solutions, including deployment projects.

.NET Framework Programming in Visual Studio

Explains the steps involved in developing an application.

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