Deployment is all of the activities that make a software system available for use. Questions relating to deploying software go under this tag.

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How can I automate production deployments without experiencing extreme anxiety?

At our shop we use SVN for source control and CruiseControl for CI on handling automatic builds and deployments to our development, test, and integration environments. This all works smoothly however ...
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How to handle this unfortunately non hypothetical situation with end-users?

I work in a medium sized company but with a very small IT force. Last year (2011), I wrote an application that is very popular with a large group of end-users. We hit a deadline at the end of last ...
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What do update versions really mean?

A lot of software updates follow the scheme of v0.1 to v0.2 to v2.6.5.6. What do these "updates" to software really mean? Is there an industry standard always followed or do programmers pretty much ...
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Alternatives to Octopus for deploying .NET applications? [closed]

Our shop has a TeamCity server that produces deployment packages. The packages are either ASP.NET web apps, Windows services, or miscellaneous binaries (that just get copied to the network ...
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How do you update your production codebase/database schema without causing downtime?

What are some techniques for updating a production server's code base / database schema without causing any downtime?
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Should I release source code to fix bug

I have a bug in my application that I'm building. I asked a question on S.O. and one of the users asked me to post or send all the code to him so he could look at it. I totally understand the ...
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Should the deploy script be an artifact of the build?

This is a web project written in Java. So, I'm writing the build and the deploy scripts. To create the build, I used ant. The continuous build is done with Jenkins. The build generates 3 different ...
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Do Windows Installers for internal business applications make sense?

I'm trying to build a general understanding for what's common in this situation so that I can decide if it makes sense to pursue it further. Are installers welcome in a typical corporate environment ...
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Achieving Zero Downtime Deployment

I am trying to achieve zero downtime deployments so I can deploy less during off hours and more during "slower" hours - or anytime, in theory. My current setup, somewhat simplified: Web Server A ...
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What is the difference between `update` and `upgrade`

What is the difference between update and upgrade in the context of application software?
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How do you update live web sites with code changes?

I know this is a very basic question. If someone could humor me and tell me how they would handle this, I'd be greatful. I decided to post this because I am about to install SynchToy to remedy the ...
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As a Europe-based company, is it possible to write a custom iPad application for a customer?

Our customer wants us to write a custom application for him that he can use on a handful of iPads in his company. This application is probably only useful for this one customer (maybe for two or three ...
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What can you do to decrease the number of deployment bugs of a live website?

I'm sure lots of you have experienced this problem. A website or web application is running and is live. You want to upload the next version, but you haven't figured out everything, like setting a ...
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How do I Integrate Production Database Hot Fixes into Shared Database Development model?

We are using SQL Source Control 3, SQL Compare, SQL Data Compare from RedGate, Mercurial repositories, TeamCity and a set of 4 environments including production. I am working on getting us to a ...
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How do companies keep websites hidden when in development?

I am new to this and also a new 19 year old PHP developer that just got hired so I am unsure as to how this works. Many companies when developing their websites keep their sites hidden from being ...
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Is it acceptable to deploy web app to production directly from SVN

Question Is there a legitimate reason NOT to use SVN for production deploys, or is this merely a case of personal preference and there is no real case against SVN? Background My workplace has a ...
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Agile development deployment process. Where do QA and Business Owners test?

I've been reading up a lot lately on various web application deployment processes using SVN or GIT, with a view to redesigning how we currently deploy where I work. As is the way with many flavours ...
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Using a TFS Build Process Template (Workflow) for Deployment

I'm thinking of using TFS Build workflows for complex deployments. We have some that may need to deploy: Web applications and services Database SSRS Reports SSIS Packages Who knows what else I ...
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Using an Apt Repository for Paid Software Updates

I'm trying to determine a way to distribute software updates for a hosted/on-site web application that may have weekly and/or monthly updates. I don't want the customers who use the on-site product to ...
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Why do Chrome and Adobe use “download wizards” to install software?

Why do software companies use download wizards for large files instead of letting users download the file directly? Is it so the user does not get discouraged by the waiting time, or is it something ...
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Describe the best deployment environment you've worked with [closed]

The Joel Test includes the question: Can you make a build in one step? Which is important, but I'm wondering, how streamlined have some of the deployment processes been? All software from ...
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Is MySQL viable for small-medium business applications

After having worked with a Microsoft stack - VB.Net, ASP.Net, SQL Server - for the past 10 years, we are now faced with having to develop an application for both Windows and Mac environments. It has ...
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How to structure multiple overlapping solutions / projects in .Net?

I recently started out working for a new client with an old legacy codebase in which there are multiple .net solutions, each typically hosts some projects unique to that solution but then "borrows" / ...
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Why should we NOT do frequent deployment in PROD or to test server?

I was instructed by my project manager that frequent deployment in PROD or to test server should be avoided. But I don't understand why? We roll our testing copy to PROD on every sprint end but ...
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What is the easiest and cheapest way to distribute apple iOS enterprise app?

I work as a developer in a company, The company I work with has to deploy the app I made to their client. Number of clients are 3 and each client has around 100 iPads. Now my question is, What ...
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How to maintain a demo version of an application?

I need to be able to demo our production application to prospective clients. The way I have it setup today is simple. The demo application is an exact duplicate of the production system, except that ...
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Managing large number of app.config files

We have many windows services and web apps which all rely on a lot of common settings. Currently we use just appSettings as needed and they are referenced by key. Some of the settings are app ...
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Best practices for managing deployment of code from dev to production servers?

I am hoping to find an easy tool or method, that allow's managing our code deployment. Here are the features I hope this solution has: Either web-based or batch file, that given a list of files, ...
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How do open source projects deal with complex setup and deployment?

At most of my corporate clients they have very complex systems with multiple entities to be deployed and tested. (e.g. client software, user database, system, database, identity manager application, ...
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how to convince team and project manager that post-launch deployments are okay for new features

We have a site that launched and is "feature-complete", we've done all that the client has asked for and fixed a few bugs post-launch. However, I noticed that our site's home page is using 100 SQL ...
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Why isn't there a private deployment option for the .NET framework? [closed]

Here are reasons why one would want this: 1) We often don't use all the dlls but we force customers to install the entire .NET framework. It would be great to just deploy the dlls we need. 2) We ...
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How to incrementally update a database when deploying a website?

We use JSF over Tomcat along with a backing proprietary DB. I want to know how the addition of new database fields or/and stored procedures should be handled when we deploy a new version of the ...
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Are we always supposed to create a setup to deploy or application?

I have recently developed an application in C# which is supposed to run within the environment of the company i work for. I could technically generate a Setup or use ClickOnce to handle the ...
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What is Global Delivery Model?

Many software companies preach in their Website Banners: "Global Delivery Model". Has it anything to do with Deployment?
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Why don't companies ship multiple modules within a mobile app? Are there concerns about tight coupling?

Preface: My question does not exclusively pertain to Google and it doesn't exclusively pertain to iOS. I'm only using Google and iOS as examples because they are familiar to many. I could have just as ...
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Build/deployment tools for a small (1) development effort

What build or deployment tools are available for a 1 person development effort, in the .NET space, that are capable of producing project outputs? I'm not looking necessarily looking for a CI server ...
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Deployment: Best Practices (and real practices) [closed]

One thing that I've learnt in my short dev career is that there are best practices (like TDD) and then there are actual practices that occur under pressure, or through budgetary/time constraints. ...
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How to structure many projects that can be versioned and deployed separately

My team is in a situation where we need to create about 30 different processors. By processors I mean code that takes data from a DB and sends it to a remote service somewhere else in the world. They ...
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Do you allow presentation layer code to be deployed outside of a build cycle?

For any standard web project you will have server-side code, server pages, JavaScript and CSS files as your code assets. It's pretty standard practice for server-side code to have a test suite and a ...
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How do you deploy your ASP.Net MVC3 application to the production server?

I just want to find out the best practice to deploy your MVC3 application and what tool you use to get the job done. I am using Visual Studio 2010. I publish my web site, then manually backup whats ...
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Shipping test code as a form of sanity check

Have you ever shipped test code (JUnit, NUnit etc) with your application that could be runnable by the end-user ? Basic Idea is this : The application can be deployed in a varied environment and it ...
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Is it legal to put `FSharp.Core.dll` from FSharp redistributable package?

Is it legal to put FSharp.Core.dll from FSharp Redist Package into my application package and redistribute it with my application? I couldn't find any information about this.
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Are there technical reasons for an immediate update following a fresh download/install?

I've had this happen in all sorts of software products: You purchase a software product, download it, install it, and then after the install, the program immediately begins downloading an update or a ...
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What should be on your “Going Live Day” checklist?

Aside from the technical specifics, what should be on your checklist for when you go live with a program? Are there last minute things you can do to make a piece of software go into production ...
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Builds, continuous integration and deployment for python projects?

Could you please tell me which tools are used in python to build projects, as well as which continuous integration servers are used and how to deploy projects to the server? What I mean is web ...
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When deploying updates, do you deploy all or selected/changed assemblies?

I'm a developer and I have had several experiences in web application deployment which are the following: Deploy all files then apply configuration values as appropriate to the environment. We've ...
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How to deploy a single website to multiple physical servers ?

I want to deploy my website to multiple physical servers. Is there possible methods to save files and setting (and also the user input), on all physical servers, so that servers do the following ...
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Versioning and deploying dependent systems

I need some best practices or experiences of developer teams who had to treat the same issues I have at the moment =) Our company is developing a client software for years. The one and only ...
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Should developers do their own software releases (if there is a prod support team in place)?

I know there are going to always be differences depending on the particular size, staff etc, but i wanted to get feedback in general around: In an environment where you have a production support team ...
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Jenkins to automate deployment of ASP.NET applications

Is there any possibility to automate/semi-automate deployments of ASP.NET web applications using Jenkins. It can be under controlled or uncontrolled environments, for uncontrolled user needs to enter ...