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Inside Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 by Daniel Larson, Ted Pattison

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Deployment Using Solution Packages

Because SharePoint solutions are deployed on WSS or MOSS installations that range in size from a single standalone Web server to large enterprise server farms, there needs to be a mechanism to deploy them as a single unit. By deploying a single unit, we can have a supported, testable, and repeatable deployment mechanism. The deployment mechanism that SharePoint uses is the solution package.

Solution packages are critical components for deployment in enterprise or commercial scenarios and use the same Visual Studio project formats that you work with on your development box. For all deployments outside of your development environment, you want to use WSS solution packages. Solution packages also enable your system ...

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