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Settings and Constraints Editor 

Application Designer provides access to a complete model of application configuration settings and the ability to define hosting constraints using the Settings and Constraint Editor. Hosting constraints allow system architects to specify requirements on the hosting environment. By defining hosting constraints on application definitions in the Settings and Constraints Editor, application developers can request a required set of features be available in the target deployment environment, thus communicating to infrastructure architects important application requirements. The infrastructure architect can then decide whether they want to make changes to the logical datacenter to accommodate those requests. The application settings and hosting constraints are validated against logical datacenter settings and constraints as part of deployment validation.

Once the datacenter is described, the infrastructure architect can also specify policy constraints regarding the types and configuration of applications that can be hosted in the representation of the datacenter using the Settings and Constraints Editor. These constraints are authored against settings in the application layer because they are used to constrain the types of applications the servers can host and to specify the configuration required for the applications. For example, ASP.NET security settings can be constrained for applications hosted on a Web server or the version of the .NET Framework required for applications hosted on a Windows Client logical server. Marking certain settings as not overridable (that is, fixed) specifies that these settings cannot be overridden during system design.

In This Section

Overview of the Settings and Constraints Editor

Provides a brief explanation of the Settings and Constraints Editor and how it is used with each of the Distributed System Designers to configure applications and logical servers.

How to: Open the Settings and Constraints Editor

Explains how to access the Settings and Constraints Editor.

Constraining Application and Application Hosting Relationships

Describes the various types of constraints that can be set for applications and logical servers.

Applying Settings

Describes how to configure applications, logical servers, endpoints, and zones.

Common Application, System and Logical Server Configuration Tasks

Links to a group of common configuration tasks across designers.

Importing Settings

Explains how to import application or server settings from an IIS server.

Adding Resources

Resources are groups of settings that can be added to various settings nodes in the Settings and Constraints Editor. This section explains what resources are available and how to add them.

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