Deploy an app on Microsoft IIS

After you have installed XL Deploy and the Microsoft IIS plugin, log in to XL Deploy and follow these instructions to:

  1. Create an environment and add Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) middleware containers to it
  2. Import a sample application into XL Deploy
  3. Deploy the sample application to the environment that you created

Create an environment

An environment is a grouping of infrastructure and middleware items such as hosts, servers, clusters, and so on. An environment is used as the target of a deployment, allowing you to map deployables to members of the environment.

  1. Create an environment and add IIS middleware containers to it. See Create an environment in XL Deploy for details.
  2. Click Save.

Import the sample application

XL Deploy includes two versions of a sample application called NerdDinner, already packaged in XL Deploy’s deployment package format (DAR).

Follow these instructions to import NerdDinner/2.0 from the XL Deploy server.

Deploy the sample application

Now you can deploy the sample application to the environment that you created.

Follow these instructions to deploy the application.

If the deployment succeeds, the state of the deployment plan is EXECUTED.

Sample successful deployment

If the deployment fails, click the failed step to see information about the failure. In some cases, you can correct the error and try again. For example, in the deployment shown below, XL Deploy could not copy files to the IIS server because remote management is not enabled. If we enable remote management on the server and click Continue, XL Deploy will try to start the application again.

Sample failed deployment

Verify the deployment

To verify the deployment, use the <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/bb763170(v=vs.100).aspx" target="_blank">IIS Manager</a> to connect to the IP address that you provided when you created the connection. NerdDinner will appear as a new site on the server. Click the link under Browse Website to visit the site.

Deployed application in IIS 8

What’s next

After you’ve connected XL Deploy to your middleware and deployed a sample application, you can start thinking about how to package and deploy your own applications with XL Deploy. To learn more, see:

Get help

You can always ask questions and connect with other users at our forums.