Packaging VB.Net app for Win Server 2012/16 with VS 2019

Bernard Thouin
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I just got Visual Studio 2019 installed on my PC at work, and I want to create an install package for a VB.Net application, that package will run on a Windows Server 2012 or 2016.

However, the Application Packaging Project, which seems to be the way to create such an install kit, only supports packaging for Windows 10 in its corresponding dropdowns. How can I generate an install kit for Windows Server 2012 or 2016 ?

Thanks for help
Bernard
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Serge FournierAnalyst Programmer

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I use the installerproject addin for visual studio

it generate a msi

use left click a lot on the installer project, for registry keys, path to install to, files to include etc.

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=visualstudioclient.MicrosoftVisualStudio2017InstallerProjects
Bernard ThouinIT Analyst and developer

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@Shaun

I read what the link says about ClickOnce, and unfortunately I am none the wiser, because it doesn't say at all how you physically trigger the whole Click once procedure. And it mentions certificates, which means IT would have to be involved, which will be a nightmare. I just need a good old .msi to be generated.
As for the WIX stuff, when I try to download the wix311exe.zip, it's empty, 0 bytes... Good job by the local IT to prevent any download of unknown stuff... And the Wix Toolset for VS 2019 download crashes immediately, for the same reason I assume.

@Serge

I work in a big, security-minded company where downloading stuff is blocked by default. And the first thing I'm asked when trying to get the installerproject addin is a request to update the installer itself, which means a download of an exe, which is immediately blocked by the company IT security infrastructure in place, see above...

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Bernard
Serge FournierAnalyst Programmer

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Installer project is not an exe, it's a .vsix: InstallerProjects.vsix
It is a visual studio "addin"

Just ask your it departement to install it
Bernard ThouinIT Analyst and developer

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Hi Serge

I can't download that addin, the download is being blocked, will contact IT...

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