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deployment Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema)

Defines configuration settings that are used to support the deployment of a Web application.

configuration Element (General Settings Schema)
  system.web Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema)
    deployment Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema)
<deployment retail="true|false" />

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.





Optional Boolean attribute.

Sets a value specifying whether a Web application is deployed in retail mode.

The default value is false.

This value can only be set at the machine level, not at the application level.

Child Elements


Parent Elements




The required root element in every configuration file used by the common language runtime and the .NET Framework applications.


Specifies the root element for the ASP.NET configuration settings in a configuration file. Contains elements that configure ASP.NET Web applications and control how the applications behave.

When the retail attribute is true, ASP.NET disables trace output, disables debug capabilities, and disables detailed system-generated error messages for remote users. For applications that have a customErrors element in the application Web.config file, the mode attribute is forced to On. These settings override any settings that are made in application Web.config files.


When you use the retail setting, you should continue to set the debug attribute to false in application Web.config files that are deployed to the server. The debug setting disables request execution timeout, and this is not overridden by the retail setting. For more information, see. Most Common ASP.NET Support issues - Reporting from deep inside Microsoft Developer Support on Scott Hanselman's blog.

Default Configuration

The following default <deployment> element is not explicitly configured in the machine configuration file, but is the default configuration.

<deployment retail="false" />

The following configuration file example shows how to set this property to true in the machine.config file. The machine.config file is located in this folder:


  <deployment retail="true" />

Configuration Section Handler


Configuration Member


Configurable Locations



IIS 6.0

.NET Framework 2.0

Visual Studio 2005