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Frontpage Extensions, Visual Studio and Mad Dog

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I have two websites hosted on different ISPs. One is on Mad Dog, the other is on GoDaddy.  Here is the one on Mad Dog: http://test.albanyartsined.org/ and here is the one on GoDaddy http://www.jasonkurant.com/ 

I have no problems with GoDaddy, but I am having a lot of trouble with Mad Dog.

Firstly, the Mad Dog account was set up with IIS7 and would not work with Visual Studio. They tell me that the lastest version of IIS doesn't have a version of FrontPage that works with Visual Studio 2010. So, I downgraded to IIS6 and it works now but I am still having problems. Does anyone know why IIS7 wouldn't work with Visual Studio 2010? It doesn't make sense.

Maybe there is a new version of FrontPage Extensions that is required for Visual Studio 2010 and it is possible that Mad Dog has not installed this new version. Othwerise, I really don't undersand why Microsoft would break their big develpoment tool on their latest web server.

Anyway, what is happening is that about 1/4 of the time when I go to save or open a file, it fails telling me a web server was not found. It usually works, but fails enough of the time to be extremely frustrating. And VS does lots of lookups from the web while you edit, and often these fail.

Does anyone know what the deal is here? Should IIS7 work with Visual Studio 2010? The guy at Mad Dog mentioned something about an add in or plug in that would use FTP instead of HTTP to communicate with the server. Does anyone know about this?

Should I just drop Mad Dog and switch to GoDaddy? It would be a lot of work, so I am hoping to avoid that.

Any help would be most appreciated!

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by:michaelkovac
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IIS7 works just fine w/ VS2010.
You have two options:
Webdav ( similar to FTP, just a lot better) or FP Server extensions available here:
http://www.iis.net/community/default.aspx?tabid=34&g=6&i=1630 
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I don't control the web servers and Mad Dog wil not install the latest version of FrontPage. Maybe I just need to leave them. Is there some way I can use WebDav with Visual Studio?
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by:jkurant
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I simply cannot comprehend why Mad Dog will not upgrade the FrontPage extensions they are running on IIS7. I would think this would knock out all development using Visual Studio. Are they crazy? Or are most people not using Visual Studio?

If I have to move ISPs, I am wondering how I am going to get the files transferred to the new server. I guess I can save each one as a .txt file on my machine and then just recreate them all on teh new ISP, but they are all stored on the Mad Dog servers.
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by:michaelkovac
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Look for the walkthroughs a little down in the post
http://forums.iis.net/t/1148421.aspx
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I do not believe WebDav is installed on Mad Dog's servers, either, because I am not able to map the network drive using the same credentials I use in VS2010 to edit the site.
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by:jkurant
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None of the solutions proposed here have worked, not because they are bad ideas, but simply because I do not have control over Mad Dog's servers, so I cannot install the latest version of FPSE or WebDav.
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Here's a solution that will work for you: Dump the useless Mad Dog!
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