Quick Install of the World’s Most Popular Web Applications on IIS7

Posted: Oct 15, 2008  10 comments  

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A few weeks ago I announced the availability of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI) in Beta. Web PI makes it easy to obtain and install the Microsoft Web Platform, including IIS, ASP.NET, Visual Web Developer Express, SQL Express and tons of other great IIS and other platform extensions in a single place.  The Microsoft Web Platform provides everything you need to develop, deploy, host and operate powerful Web applications.

Speaking of powerful Web applications, today I’m excited to announce another tool that makes installing some of the world’s most popular ASP.NET and PHP applications on IIS7 a snap!  The Microsoft Web Application Installer (Web AI) is a companion to Web PI, and provides a super easy way to download, install and configure many popular community and open source applications on IIS7. Available applications include DotNetNuke, Drupal, Gallery, Graffiti, osCommerce, PHPBB, and Wordpress, with more on the way.  If you decide to try some of the PHP applications, you may want to check out this recent blog post on how to get PHP and MySQL installed as well.  Try out Web AI today!

Web AI downloads each application from its original source, so if the application is updated, you know that Web AI will be pointing to the latest and greatest bits. In addition, Web AI will check for the presence of prerequisite components before installing the application, and after installation, it will offer configuration pages so that you can set up an associated database (another great reason why we included both SQL Server 2008 Express and the SQL Server driver for PHP in Web PI) and if needed, personalize your application by entering credentials and setting application options.

Remember, this is just a beta release, so you can expect to see more functionality and even greater integration as we update this tool in the months to come. And as with Web PI, we have created a Web AI forum where you can discuss Web AI and provide feedback or make suggestions to us, so do let us know what you think.


Bill, this is a super valuable feature to add to the IIS platform!  It will help manage the configuration complexity and insure predictable results for people using these applications in the real world.  

I only wish we had this when IIS 7.0 was being released, it would have made troubleshooting forum posts a lot easier :)

Oct 16 2008 by mvolo

i only wish that i can have this quick install of worlds most popular web application on IIS7

Oct 20 2008 by Anonymous

i wish it could work on windows xp pro

Oct 23 2008 by Anonymous

i only want to be able to access  IIS7

Oct 27 2008 by Anonymous

Just reading this today. A very big thumbs up for the gr8 work on this web AI tool. I need to get the setup asap. Can someone provide the link to the download page. thanks a 'mill.

Oct 28 2008 by Anonymous

Check it out here:  www.microsoft.com/.../WebApplicationInstaller.aspx

Oct 28 2008 by bills