Traditionally, web applications are deployed via xcopy (the process of copying multiple files from one place to another) and the execution of structured query language (SQL) scripts to initialize and upgrade the appropriate database schema. Advanced web applications such as DotNetNuke contain powerful installers that automate this process, improving the user experience and reducing the risk of missing an install step.
This chapter presents a step-by-step guide to using the automated installer packaged with DotNetNuke and provides guidance in selecting a version of the software that is suitable for your organization. The objective of the chapter is to provide you with a working installation of DotNetNuke.
Specifically, this chapter covers the following areas:
What version of DotNetNuke should you use?
Installing DotNetNuke v3.x.
Upgrading an existing installation to v3.x.
Installing DotNetNuke v4.x.
Upgrading an existing installation to v4.x.