The text in this chapter, as well as the rest of the book, assumes that you have a PC running Windows Vista or Windows 7 and have user permissions sufficient enough to allow for administrative actions. If this is not the case, or if you are installing to a different environment (such as to a shared-hosting account) skip this section for now and refer to Chapter 14, which has troubleshooting tips. One important item to note is that Umbraco is best installed as a website root rather than as a virtual directory under a web root, so plan on running Umbraco from a web root. All current versions of Internet Information Server (IIS) support multiple web roots so running from a web root is not an issue unless you are using IIS5 on Windows XP. See Chapter 14 if this is the case.
Installing Umbraco using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer
The best way to begin your Umbraco installation is by using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (a free installation tool developed and supported by Microsoft). Some advantages to using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (shown in Figure 1-1) are that the tool can:
- Automatically detect and install required dependencies.
- Create a Microsoft SQL database or Microsoft SQL CE database prior to installing Umbraco.
- Create and configure new websites in IIS.
You can find the Microsoft Web Platform Installer at www.microsoft.com/web/ ...