The Web Deployment Tool is a tool that simplifies the migration, management, and deployment of Web applications, sites, and servers. It can be used to synchronize between IIS 6.0 and IIS 7.5 or to migrate between IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.5. In addition, it can be used to automatically package a Web site including its content, configuration, certificates, and databases. These packages can be used for versioning, backup, or in other deployments.
The Web Deployment Tool allows you to efficiently synchronize sites, applications, or servers across your IIS 7.5 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 including COM, GAC, and registry settings.
"The Web Deployment Tool can be used to automatically package a Web site including its content, configuration, certificates, and databases"
"In combination, powerful
packaging capabilities and
dependencies checking help streamline the development and deployment of 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 10 which, in combination with the powerful packaging capabilities and dependencies checking, helps developers streamline the development and deployment of Web applications.
Simplify the planning of your IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.5 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.