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Once you have installed Internet Information Services and configured the .NET Framework you are ready to deploy your site. For this demonstration I'll use the folder TheNightOwl, which contains a set of Web site files. I'll copy that folder to the Clipboard and then go to the Desktop and paste the folder there. You can place your website files anywhere on disk. In a normal Web site deployment I wouldn't place these files on the Desktop, but I'm doing it here just for easy visibility. Now the next step is to go in to the Internet Information Services Management console.
The easiest way to get to run Windows Vista is to go to the Start menu and then Search input start typing Internet Information and you will see the Internet Information Services Management application appear. Click the link to open the software and then maximize it. If you watch the similar videos for XP you will notice that the Manager in Vista is very different. It's much more graphically oriented and instead of simple lists, shows you icons for each task. In the Connections section on the left, open the tree and go to Sites. Then go to Default Web Site. Right-click on Default Web Site and select Add Application. On Vista, an ASP.NET enabled Web site is called an application.
The alias can be anything you like but on the web it's typically all lowercase. I'll set my web site or application alias to NightOwl. Then I'll click the Browse button to select the physical path. I'll navigate to my computer's Desktop and select the folder TheNightOwl and click OK. If you click the Connect As button you will see in a dialog that you are automatically connecting as the application user. Click OK to accept that and then click Test Settings. You should see the message that access to the path on disk is not verifiable. That's okay. I'm going to be showing you how to check security next. Click Close, click OK and then just minimize Internet Information Services Manager. We may need to get back there later easily.
Next go to the folder on the Desktop TheNightOwl. Right-click on it and select Properties. In the Properties dialog click Security and then click the Edit button to modify the Security settings for this directly. In the list of group or use names, click Add, type Users and click Check Names and then click OK. Simply for the ease of use I'm granting broad security to all users of the computer. If you want to fine-tune the security little bit more, you can identify the user name that's being used run.net and only grant security to that user. With the Users group selected I'll go down to the Permissions for Users pane and select Full Control and I'll click OK and click OK again.
And now I'm ready to test my Web site. I'll go to the menu and open Internet Explorer and now navigate the Web site using the URL http://localhost/nightowl. After a moment the Web site appears and I can click around in the hyperlinks getting from page to page. If you have gotten this far, that means you have successfully deployed an ASP.NET Web Site using IIS and ASP.NET 3.5 on Windows Vista.
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