Andrew Connell

Windows Installers

I usually don’t ask questions on my blog, but I’m not finding much info on the subject. I need to create an installer for a project that will do the following: copy files to (1) specific place on the file system and (2) a user defined place on the file system create an IIS virtual server (web site) create an IIS virtual directory execute a handful of command line commands create a Windows Task Scheduler task with specific properties It doesn’t seem like it’s that big of a task, but I’ve never done this before and a quick search in the newsgroups and on Amazon yielded surprisingly little info. I’m looking at a few options such as using the built-in VS.NET 2003 installer project or getting InstallShield. Not sure how much more you really get from InstallShield. Comments are welcomed…...

I usually don’t ask questions on my blog, but I’m not finding much info on the subject. I need to create an installer for a project that will do the following:

  • copy files to (1) specific place on the file system and (2) a user defined place on the file system
  • create an IIS virtual server (web site)
  • create an IIS virtual directory
  • execute a handful of command line commands
  • create a Windows Task Scheduler task with specific properties

It doesn’t seem like it’s that big of a task, but I’ve never done this before and a quick search in the newsgroups and on Amazon yielded surprisingly little info.

I’m looking at a few options such as using the built-in VS.NET 2003 installer project or getting InstallShield. Not sure how much more you really get from InstallShield.

Comments are welcomed…

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
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Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.