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I'm developing a web using FrontPage 98 on an NT4.0 machine running IIS.  I want to develop the web at my site and then deliver it to the customer (running an NT machine with FrontPage extensions and the IIS).  I want the customer to be able to install the web without too much knowledge.  I have access to InstallShield and I'd like to install the web and configure the server programmatically.  Can anyone provide info on how to go about doing this?  I know the web server has to be configured with aliases for the directories. Is there a way to do that without bringing up the administrator?  Is there other permissions to be set?
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by:yolish
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jlargent-

Unfortunately on the Web server you will need to create a Virtual Directory or Server so the link doesn't include the name of the machine in the URL. If you can walk the owner through that step all you have to do is transfer the site to that directory on the server in the WWWroot directory and all should be good.

Don't forget if your default home page isn't called default.htm or default.asp you will need to make the change in the in the IIS on that server so that it will be set up as the opeing page. I guess the question is, does this server have IIS, if not, it needs to be on there. Any other questions, just ask me.
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There are two ways to do this:

1. By using the Publish Frontpage Web option from the File Menu in the Frontpage explorer. It is all menu driven all u have to do is make sure that the Web server on the other machine is running and u have write access to the WWW Root. Then just follow the menus.

PS: U don't have to add any aliases. The publishing wizard takes care of all that.

If FrontPage detects that you are publishing to a Web server that does not have the FrontPage Server Extensions installed, it will launch the Microsoft Web Publishing Wizard to publish your FrontPage web.

2. If u cannot connect to the machine to which u want to export the web then u can use the import utility in the Frontpage Explorer. Just copy your entire content to a folder. In the FP Explorer File menu choose to create a new web and select to import from an existing web. Give the path to the location of the source folder and select the include subfolders check box if u have any subfolders. You can give the new web a name that you would use. The aliases will be added automatically.

For more info just see the Help in FP Explorer. It gives all the steps.

Good luck.
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by:jlargent
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The answer misses the point.  I use Front Page, therefore I know how to import. What I was really looking for was how to do it without Front Page.  Feeling like I won't get an answer that I am looking for, I accept the answer and will look elsewhere.
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