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Deploying Applications

Deployment is the process by which you distribute a finished application or component to be installed on other computers.

Before you can deploy a solution, you need to tell Visual Studio what to deploy, where to deploy it, and how to deploy it. You do this by adding one or more deployment projects to your solution; each deployment project specifies instructions for installing files and components on a target computer.

For distributed applications, you usually create a separate deployment project for each tier in your application. For example, an application with three tiers would require three deployment projects, one each for the data, business logic, and client tiers.

In addition, you should create a separate deployment project to create a merge module for any component in your solution that may potentially be shared between multiple solutions.

In This Section

Creating or Adding Deployment Projects
Describes how to create a new deployment project or add an existing deployment project to a solution.
Creating or Adding a Setup Project
Explains how to create a new setup project or add an existing setup project to a solution.
Creating or Adding a Merge Module Project
Gives directions for creating a new merge module project or adding an existing merge module project to a solution.
Creating or Adding a Cab Project
Describes how to create a new Cab project or add an existing Cab project to a solution.
Setting Deployment Project Properties
Explains how to set the properties for a deployment project.
Adding Items to a Deployment Project
Discusses how to add files, outputs, or other items to a deployment project.
Adding Merge Modules to a Deployment Project
Explains how to add a merge module to a deployment project.
Adding and Removing Icons
Describes how to install and associate icons with your application during installation on a target computer.
Excluding Items from a Deployment Project
Describes how to prevent project items from being included in an installer.
Troubleshooting Deployment
Presents some common errors that can occur with deployment and how to prevent them.
Editors Used in Deployment
Introduces the different editors that can be used to customize a deployment project.
Setting Conditional Installation Based on Operating System Versions
Demonstrates conditional installation based on a Windows Installer value.
Setting Conditional Installation Based on User Choices
Demonstrates conditional installation based on a value entered by a user during installation.
Deployment of .NET Framework Applications
Explains issues with versions of the .NET Framework and the common language runtime.

Related Sections

File Installation Management in Deployment
Describes the File System Editor, which allows you to add project outputs, files, and other items to a deployment project and specify where they will be installed on the target computer.
Registry Settings Management in Deployment
Describes the Registry Editor, which allows you to specify registry keys and values to be added to the registry of the target computer.
File Types Management in Deployment
Describes the File Types Editor, which is used to establish file associations on the target computer.
User Interface Management in Deployment
Describes the User Interface Editor, which can be used to specify and set properties for predefined dialog boxes that are displayed during installation on the target computer.
Custom Actions Management in Deployment
Describes the Custom Actions Editor, which allows you to specify additional actions to be performed on the target computer at the end of an installation.
Launch Condition Management in Deployment
Describes the Launch Conditions Editor, which allows you to specify conditions that must be met in order to successfully run an installation.
What's New in Deployment
Describes new features related to setup and deployment.
Redistributing a Native C++ Application
dDiscusses how you can determine the dependencies of a native, or unmanaged, Visual C++ .NET application and redistribute all of the files needed to support the application on the target system.
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