Migrating web application from local to production

Hello,

I have never migrated a web application to production server. So, I am looking for resources on how to migrate local copy of my web application to the production server.  

Thanks,
perlwhiteAsked:
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
What is your environment like? Do you have a separate group that administers the web server, or do you do it yourself? Are you using source control for you code?
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perlwhiteAuthor Commented:
I have access to everything.  
No, we do not use any source control (we are a start up!)
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
No, we do not use any source control (we are a start up!)
No excuse   ; )  Team Foundation Server Express is free for up to 5 developers.

If you have access to everything--which as a developer you really shouldn't--then you can simply copy and paste the web site files onto your web server. Within your build/output directory you can copy all of the .aspx files, the bin directory, and the web.config files to the web server. That's a crude approach.

If you use the "Publish" option instead:

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...Visual Studio will output all appropriate files to the directory you specify. You must select "File System" as your publish method:

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You could then copy the files that are placed in that directory (D:\Deployments in my screenshot) to the web server.

There is also "web deploy", but I don't have any direct experience in using it. I believe it is easier to deploy with, but the initial setup is a bit involved.

Have you already set up a website on the production server?
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perlwhiteAuthor Commented:
Have you already set up a website on the production server?

Yes
No excuse   ; )  Team Foundation Server Express is free for up to 5 developers.
I did not know that.  Thank you, I will start using it now.
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
When you start with source control, you'll want to do some research on ALM (application lifecycle management). The "ALM Rangers" (not really sure who they are, but that's their name) have put out a guide on branching and merging. Branches will be helpful for your ongoing development and hotfixes.
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perlwhiteAuthor Commented:
That's great help!  thanks a bunch.
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