The IIS team is proud to announce the latest release of the Web Deployment Tool Beta 2, which includes significant new features for both IT professionals and developers. In addition to our existing functionality of server synchronization and migration, but we’ve added web application packaging and deployment with integration with IIS Manager and the upcoming Visual Studio 2010!
Because the Beta 2 release has brand-new functionality around application packaging not previously available, this release is not a production-ready or Go Live release. We will be changing and adding more functionality in the next milestone after Beta 2.
Easily deploy, store and redeploy Web applications.
The Web Deployment Tool enables you to package configuration and content of your installed Web applications, including SQL databases, and use the packages for storage or redeployment. These packages, which may include certificates, can be deployed using the IIS Manager interface without requiring administrative privileges. This tool also integrates in Visual Studio 2010, which helps developers streamline the development and deployment of Web applications.
Efficiently synchronize your server farm.
The Web Deployment Tool allows you to efficiently synchronize sites, applications or servers across your IIS 7.0 server farm by transferring only those changes which need synchronization. The tool simplifies the process by automatically determining the configuration, content, databases and certificates to be synchronized for a specific site. In addition to the default behavior, you still have the option to specify additional “providers” for the synchronization to modify COM, GAC and registry settings.
Migrate Web applications between IIS 6.0 and IIS 7.0 with ease.
Simplify the planning of your IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.0 migrations by determining incompatibilities and previewing the proposed changes before starting the process. Learning about any potential issues in advance gives you the chance to take corrective measures considerably improving your chances of having a smooth execution of your migration.
We have some new walkthroughs to help you understand and try out the application deployment process in the IIS Manager. Please try out the tool and give us feedback in the forums. We look forward to hearing about your experiences and what else you’d like to see us add.
Learn How to Package and Deploy (Quick Guides)
1. Create a Package (creating a package including content, databases and more)
2. Install a Package (deploying the package to a local or remote machine)
3. Configure the Web Deployment Handler (enable deployment to an IIS 7.0 server)
More quick guides can be found at the Web Deployment Tool main page.