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Import Application Option missing in IIS Manager

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With the release of Visual Studio 2010 came support to package up your ASP.NET Web Application. This also packages dependencies like the web.config, databases etc. An administrator can then import the created package via the Import Application option in IIS Manager. When I first read about this option, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. To access the Import Applications option, select the Default Web Site node under your server name.

The only problem was that the Import Application option was missing from the Actions pane in my IIS Manager.

IIS Actions

















It turns out that a component called Microsoft Web Deploy 2.0 was missing. A quick search in Programs and Features (Add or Remove Programs for non-Windows 7 users) provided no results. (As a side note, I have read that in some cases where the Microsoft Web Deploy 2.0 is found in Programs and Features, but Import Application option not visible in IIS Manager, uninstalling it, and re-installing it solves the problem.)

You can download the msi from here directly for the x86 version or via the website. (Direct link for the x64 version) Also be aware that you might need to run the installer as Administrator.

Microsoft Web Deploy 2.0 installer















When the Microsoft Web Deploy 2.0 installer has completed, start the IIS manager from Administrative Tools (or Start–>Run and type in InetMgr.exe)









When the IIS Manager screen opens up, select the Default Web Site node and you will see the Import Application option in the Actions Pane.

Import Application
Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.

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  • Me

    thank you.

  • Shawn de Wet

    Thanks a mil for your help!

    • Dirk Strauss

      You are welcome Shawn 🙂

  • Awesome, thanks for that, I really wish Microsoft would make that more obvious.

    • Dirk Strauss

      You are welcome John. I actually feel that it is an oversight in the user functionality. It isn’t obvious at all.

  • Johan

    Great post, thanks. There should me more people like you posting stuff like this, it speeds things up. I’ll follow you’re example next time I solve something 🙂

    • Dirk Strauss

      Thanks Johan. It’s great being able to share knowledge.I have learned a lot from other bloggers. It would be great if you can also share 🙂

  • prabha success

    thank u…