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Links to .NET Framework 4.5 deployment guides

Links to .NET Framework 4.5 deployment guides

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The official .NET Framework 4.5 deployment guides for developers and administrators are available on MSDN, and I wanted to provide links here to help raise visibility for them. Here they are along with some additional information about what is contained in each of them:

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 deployment guide for developers

You can find the deployment guide for application developers at the following location:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee942965(v=vs.110).aspx

The deployment guide for application developers is targeted at developers creating applications that depend on the .NET Framework 4.5 and that will need to incorporate the .NET Framework 4.5 into their installation process. It contains the following information:

  • Deployment options
  • Redistributable packages
  • Deployment methods
  • Setting a dependency on the .NET Framework
  • Installing the .NET Framework manually
  • Chaining the .NET Framework using the default .NET Framework setup UI
  • Chaining using custom UI
  • Detecting the .NET Framework
  • Detecting .NET Framework language packs
  • Chaining language packs to your application setup
  • Troubleshooting – download and installation error codes
  • Uninstalling the .NET Framework
  • Command-line options for .NET Framework setup
  • Supported languages

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 deployment guide for administrators

You can find the administrator deployment guide at the following location:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee390831(v=vs.110).aspx

The administrator deployment guide is targeted at system administrators who want to deploy the .NET Framework 4.5 across a network by using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). It contains the following information:

  • Prerequisites
  • Command-line options
  • The deployment process
  • Deploying the .NET Framework in a test environment
  • Creating a collection
  • Preparing the package source directory
  • Creating a package for the .NET Framework redistributable package
  • Creating a program with setup parameters
  • Selecting a distribution point
  • Creating an advertisement
  • Troubleshooting – log files and error codes
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