Deploying ASP.NET Apps With UnleashIt

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I answered a question about ASP.NET deployment in a newsgroup recently where the person asked which files should he deploy when moving his site to a production server.

As a followup to my answer, Jon Galloway pointed the person to a neat deployment utility called UnleashIt.

UNLEASHit \ Ready to deploy, Sir!

UnleashIt provides integration with VS.NET 2003 as an add-in. You can create deployment profiles and share them with other team members. I plan to use this for any customization of my .TEXT blog I plan to do.

So why not just use Visual Studio’s copy project option? I’ve never used it but Jon had this to say:

Visual Studio has a copy project option for web projects, but it depends on your setup and you may miss files (javascript, css, images).

As usual, I have a few minor complaints as I’m just a nitpicky person. The first is that the application is not resizeable. The fonts on the main screen seem smaller than in other applications.

More problematic is that the application doesn’t seem to support adding file masks. Currently the application is missing *.asmx and *.ashx, but more importantly it would be nice to create a deployment profile using this tool that could handle Word docs (for example) if they were a part of the site.

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  1. Avatar for Niels
    Niels October 29th, 2004

    OK they have to change the name of their product.

    UnleashSHIT! It really could if use by the wrong people! :)

    And I bet there are plenty of programs that use it that releash alot of SHIT!

  2. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked October 29th, 2004

    Ha!!! That's pretty funny. They should have called it ReleaseIt or something.

  3. Avatar for Geoff Weinhold
    Geoff Weinhold November 1st, 2004

    Hey Haacked,

    You can add file masks to the program pretty easily:

    file -> profiles -> edit profile -> file masks -> add file mask

  4. Avatar for Phil Morris
    Phil Morris May 11th, 2006

    If you think Unleashit! is good, take a look at Web!Up (