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Deploying a site on Windows XP

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Video: Deploying a site on Windows XP

Once you have installed the .NET Framework you are then ready to deploy your website. There are a few steps involved. First, you will place the website somewhere on disk. Then you will create a virtual directory, an alias pointing to the location on disk of the website. Then you will go into the Windows XP Security Settings for the website folder and you will provide security access to the folder for the .NET Framework's user and then finally you will go into the IIS Administrator and provide anonymous access.

Deploying a site on Windows XP

Once you have installed the .NET Framework you are then ready to deploy your website. There are a few steps involved. First, you will place the website somewhere on disk. Then you will create a virtual directory, an alias pointing to the location on disk of the website. Then you will go into the Windows XP Security Settings for the website folder and you will provide security access to the folder for the .NET Framework's user and then finally you will go into the IIS Administrator and provide anonymous access.

Let's go through the steps. I'll be working with a folder called TheNightOwl. Now you are going to setup a virtual directory. You can setup the virtual directory initially using Windows Explorer. I'll right-click on the folder TheNightOwl and I'll go to Sharing and Security. In the Properties View, I'll go the Web Sharing, and then I'll Share the folder by selecting that option. This dialog pops up labeled Edit Alias. An alias is essentially a virtual directory name, a pointer to the physical directory on disk.

Aliases for the web are typically created using all lowercase. So I'll set my Alias as simply nightowl. The Access permissions that are presented by default are the minimum that are needed. Read access to get to the files and Script access to execute your ASP.NET scripts. Click OK to save the virtual directory and then click OK again. Now, the next step is to provide Windows XP file access for this folder to the user that's used to run the ASP.NET website. Right-click on the folder again and select Sharing and Security. Go to the Security tab and take a look at the different options. There is security available for Administrators, System, and Training.

None of these three categories include the user that's used to run the ASP.NET website and IIS. So to easily grant that permission I'll click the Add button and I'm going to assign very broad permission. I'll type in the word Users and Check Names and I see BARDOTECHDEE1/ Users. This means I'm going to be granting these access permissions to all users on the computer and that's okay. I'll click OK and then with the new Users category selected, I'll select Full Control and click OK.

Now the next step is to provide anonymous access through the Internet Information Services Management Console. I'll go to the Start menu and select Control panel. Within the control panel I'll double click on Administrative Tools and from there go to Internet Information Services. This is the Internet Information Services Management Console. It was installed during the IIS installation. I'll go to the tree on the left and open the local computer and from there open the Web Sites and then select Default Web Site.

With Default Web Site selected in the panel on the right, I'll see a list of all the physical files and folders within the root folder and I'll also see any virtual directories including the nightowl virtual directory that I already setup. Now, I'll right-click on nightowl and I'll go to Properties. In the Properties screen, I'll click on Directory Security and then I'll click the Edit button under Anonymous access and authentication control. When you create a brand new virtual directory in Windows XP Service Pack 2, Anonymous access is disabled by default.

I will check to select Anonymous Access and notice that now I'll be working with the username IUSR and then the name of the machine. I'll click OK and then click OK again. And now I'm finally ready to test my website. I'll go to a browser and then I'll type in the address of the website. Because I'm still working on the local machine it will start with http://localhost and then the virtual directory name that I created, nightowl.

It may take a few moments for the server to respond on the first attempt. It's doing a little bit of backend processing. But once it's finished with that you will see the default homepage of the website rendered on the screen in the browser. Once the homepage is loaded you should be able to navigate around to other pages without any further delays. Now I'm loading a version of the website that doesn't use any database functionality, just to simplify this process. But if you have already installed your copy of SQL server and set up your database, you should be able to take other versions of the nightowl website from other chapters of the video series and deploy those instead and your database access should work right away without any hesitation.

So that completes the process of deploying an ASP.NET website using Internet Information Services and ASP.NET 3.5 for Windows XP.

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  1. 18m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 42s
    2. Prerequisites
      2m 21s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    4. Upgrading exercise file websites for ASP.NET 4.5 (NEW)
      2m 40s
    5. What's new in ASP.NET 4 (NEW)
      3m 48s
    6. What's new in ASP.NET 4.5 (NEW)
      3m 23s
    7. What's new in this course update (NEW)
      3m 18s
  2. 33m 34s
    1. Understanding how ASP.NET works
      5m 52s
    2. Installing Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008
      3m 43s
    3. Installing Visual Studio Express 2012 for web (NEW)
      2m 12s
    4. Hello World: Creating your first ASP.NET web site
      4m 28s
    5. Creating pages with dynamic output
      7m 39s
    6. Understanding the development web server
      4m 49s
    7. Exploring the development environment
      4m 51s
  3. 40m 2s
    1. Understanding Microsoft SQL Server
      5m 47s
    2. Installing SQL Server Express
      6m 51s
    3. Exploring SQL Server Management Studio Basic
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a new database
      8m 51s
    5. Connecting to the database in ASP.NET
      5m 35s
    6. Testing SQL queries
      3m 53s
    7. Presenting a dataset in an ASP.NET page
      4m 42s
  4. 25m 31s
    1. Understanding ASP.NET web form pages
      5m 51s
    2. Separating presentation and logic with code files
      4m 17s
    3. Adding web form controls to a page
      5m 25s
    4. Handling postback data in a web form page
      5m 50s
    5. Using data binding expressions
      4m 8s
  5. 48m 37s
    1. Creating a testing environment
      4m 40s
    2. Declaring and using a simple variable
      6m 14s
    3. Declaring and using a complex object
      6m 16s
    4. Using loops
      6m 52s
    5. Using functions
      9m 25s
    6. Using trace statements
      4m 47s
    7. Debugging with breakpoints
      5m 45s
    8. Commenting code
      4m 38s
  6. 17m 43s
    1. Creating web controls
      5m 53s
    2. Registering a user control on a web form page
      3m 25s
    3. Registering controls globally in the web.config file
      3m 53s
    4. Adding public properties to a web control
      4m 32s
  7. 19m 7s
    1. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
      5m 36s
    2. Attaching external CSS files
      3m 12s
    3. Defining a CSS selector
      6m 10s
    4. Using CSS class selectors in server controls
      4m 9s
  8. 30m 34s
    1. Presenting data with the GridView control
      5m 49s
    2. Controlling GridView paging and appearance
      5m 46s
    3. Editing data with the GridView control
      6m 57s
    4. Presenting data with the DataList control
      5m 42s
    5. Formatting data with binding expressions
      6m 20s
  9. 36m 46s
    1. Using the DetailsView control
      7m 33s
    2. Inserting data with the DetailsView control
      6m 36s
    3. Redirecting page requests
      9m 39s
    4. Creating an update page
      6m 20s
    5. Linking to update pages from the list page
      4m 3s
    6. Deleting database records
      2m 35s
  10. 22m 15s
    1. Customizing forms with item editing templates
      6m 7s
    2. Adding validator controls to a form
      6m 40s
    3. Controlling the validation error message display
      6m 24s
    4. Using the ValidationSummary control
      3m 4s
  11. 29m 49s
    1. Creating a query with joined tables
      8m 6s
    2. Replacing control style properties with CSS
      5m 50s
    3. Creating a CSS file for printing
      3m 14s
    4. Suppressing elements in printed web pages
      5m 47s
    5. Selecting data for a report
      6m 52s
  12. 11m 14s
    1. Understanding ViewState and managing postbacks
      4m 36s
    2. Using session variables
      6m 38s
  13. 20m 57s
    1. Turning on forms authentication
      1m 51s
    2. Creating a page to log in users
      4m 18s
    3. Creating a page to set up new users
      4m 6s
    4. Understanding the security database
      3m 27s
    5. Configuring security in the web.config file
      2m 59s
    6. Creating a page to log out users
      4m 16s
  14. 27m 56s
    1. Installing IIS on Windows XP
      6m 32s
    2. Installing ASP.NET 3.5 on Windows XP
      1m 39s
    3. Deploying a site on Windows XP
      5m 9s
    4. Installing Information Internet Services (IIS) on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
      1m 56s
    5. Configuring ASP.NET 3.5 on Windows Vista
      2m 15s
    6. Deploying an application on Windows Vista
      3m 29s
    7. Scripting a database for deployment
      3m 36s
    8. Exporting database scripts in SQL Server Management Studio 2012 (NEW)
      3m 20s
  15. 2m 0s
    1. Where to go from here
      2m 0s

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