Solution for Installing and the updating an application similar to how ClickOnce Works
Posted on 2012-04-02
I'm building a client/server application. I'm looking for a solution to distribute both the client and server applications. Whatever I end up doing must include an update service along the same lines as ClickOnce updates.
Basically I have 45-50 sites where the server application will be installed and there will be fairly frequent updates to both the server and client side applications. I'm happy enough using clickonce for the client side application. In fact that makes perfect sense as many of the users won't have admin rights.
But ClickOnce will not be suitable for the server side application as it will need to be installed into a specified folder on a server and the installer will need admin rights.
Is there anything out there that provides ClickOnce type update/installation functionality but with MSI like installation? The ability to do Automatic updating from a folder on a website would be ideal.
I have access to all the latest MS development products.
I'm currently using VS 2010 but would consider VS 11 if there is something worth looking at.
Happy enough to pay for a product as long as it's not unreasonably expensive.
Would consider code based solution if one exists.