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Publish Wizard

Use the Publish Wizard to specify the location where the application will be published.

To access this wizard, select a project node in Solution Explorer, then on the Project menu, click Properties. When the Project Designer appears, click the Publish tab. On the Publish page, click the Publish Wizard button.

The Publish Wizard comprises several pages, which can differ depending on the type of publish location you specify.

Where do you want to publish the application?

Specify the location to publish this application

You can publish the application to a Web site, FTP server, or file path. This path is the same as the publish location that you specify in the Project Designer. See Publish Page, Project Designer. Type the location as a disk directory, file share, FTP site, or Web site URL, or click the Browse button to browse for the location.

  • Disk path: Specify a local disk path from which you can copy the application to a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. The path can be a relative or absolute path in standard Windows format, for example: C:\Deploy\MyApplication or \MyApplication.

  • File share: Specify a file share using a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path from which the application will be deployed, for example: \\ServerName\MyApplication\.

  • FTP server: Specify the path of a Web site from which the application can be downloaded using FTP, for example: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/MyApplication.

  • Web site: Specify the URL of a Web site from which the application can be downloaded using HTTP, for example: http://www.microsoft.com/MyApplication. If you specify a Web site, you will skip the next page and go directly to Will the application be available online?

How will users install the application?

From a Web site

Specify the URL of the FTP server from which the application will be deployed. If you specified an FTP share on the previous page, this option will be the default.

From a UNC path or file share

The file share that you specified should be displayed in Specify the UNC path. If you specified a UNC path or file share on the previous page, this option will be the default.

From a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM

If you specified a disk path in the previous page, this option will be the default.

Will the application be available offline?

NoteNote

This page applies only to applications deployed from a Web site or file share.

Yes, this application is available online or offline

A shortcut will be added to the Start menu so that a user can access installation offline. Also, the user can uninstall the application using Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. This is the default option.

No, this application is only available online

No shortcut will be added to the Start menu. The application will be run directly from the publish location.

Where will the application check for updates?

NoteNote

This page applies only to applications deployed from a disk path. If the deployment location is a Web site or file share, the application will check for updates from the location you specified in the Application Updates Dialog Box.

The application will check for updates from the following location

Select this option and specify the URL of a server that will host updates for the application. The default location should be the same as that specified in the Application Updates dialog box.

The application will not check for updates

Select this option if the application will not check for updates. This option is selected by default.

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