Fast Download and Install of Microsoft's Web Stack: IIS7, ASP.NET, SQL Express, Visual Web Developer, and more...

Posted: Oct 03, 2008  13 comments  

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Let's face it, getting Microsoft's Web server, framework and tools installed is much more painful than it should be.  Visit 10 different web sites, download a dozen different packages, install them one at a time, and maybe in a few hours you are ready to get started.  And then once you've got the stack installed, staying up to date and discovering new extensions is even more difficult.  Wouldn't it be nice if you could just go to one place and get the whole stack, and stay up to date?

Introducing Microsoft's Web Platform Installer:  a one stop shop for downloading and installing the Microsoft Web Stack including IIS, ASP.NET, SQL Server, Visual Web Developer, all of the current IIS Extensions and more!  Once installed, this tool automatically discovers new additions and updates to the platform, keeping you up to date. 

Install Today:  Download the tool on the new http://microsoft.com/web site here and give it a try.  Post any questions or problems to the Web PI forum.

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Sounds like a great product and something that is very beneficial like you noted in the content about having to go chase this and then go chase that.  The only problem I have is that I have not upgraded to Vista yet due to need for VB6, VS2003 and other applications that won't work on Vista.  How about those of us that are stuck with XP Pro due to Vista limitations?  Only supports Vista and Server 2008.  Why not XP Pro and Server 2003 too?  This all goes to my one very big and key issue with Microsoft, you all create some very beneficial programs, but you create them for the latest and greatest.  We all can't just upgrade instantly to the latest and greates though.

Overall though, the MS Web Platform looks like it will be very beneficial to those that it supports.

Oct 06 2008 by Anonymous