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Deploying VSTO 3 solutions

Deploying VSTO 3 solutions

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While the default mechanism for deploying VSTO v3 Add-Ins is ClickOnce, there there's now also a documented way to deliver VSTO solutions via an MSI installer. By extension, this should mean you can push it out via group policy (or SMS or whatever).

Mary Lee's done a good post on this: http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto/archive/2008/04/10/deploying-an-office-solution-using-windows-installer-mary-lee.aspx.

The code and steps outlining creating a setup project are available here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/VSTO3MSI.

Misha Schneerson has done a 3-part blog post on deploying your VSTO Add-in to all users (using HKLM instead of HKCU):

http://blogs.msdn.com/mshneer/archive/2007/09/04/deploying-your-vsto-add-in-to-all-users-part-i.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/mshneer/archive/2007/09/05/deploying-your-vsto-add-in-to-all-users-part-ii.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/mshneer/archive/2008/04/24/deploying-your-vsto-add-in-to-all-users-part-iii.aspx