20 Dec 2009
06 Feb 2011
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Like many other postings I have read on this forum, I am attempting - unsuccessfully - to install Sitefinity 3.7 (SP4) on Windows 7 (Professional) with IIS 7.5 and SQL Express 2008 R2. I am an advanced ASP.NET developer with many years of experience, but have had no less that six failed attempts to make this installation work.
I have read the "Install Sitefinity on Windows Vista in 9 Easy Steps" guide to the point of nearly having it memorized. And I can nearly recite the entire troubleshooting section as well. I've read all about the App Pools, Identity, IIS authentication settings, ISAPI and CGI, when to run as administrator, etc., etc., etc. And I've managed to eventually work through the majority of errors (404.17, 404.2, 500.19, can't connect to DB) with the help of the forums.
Most recently, I get all the way to where I'm ready to view the live site for the first time and get a "no data at root node" error (worded something like that). And after initially creating the site, when I try to go back to project manager, I get a 404 error from IIS. This is the most success I've had.
First and foremost, I need immediate help getting one simple site up and running. I have a client currently using 3.6, and I need to get them upgraded to 3.7 SP4 to close a security gap, improve performance issues, and take advantage of the .NET 4.0 framework and Entity Framework 4. But I cannot upgrade their server until I am first successful on my development computer.
Beyond the immediate need, though, is a need for the broader user community... You need to beef up your documentation for installing SF 3.7 on a Win 7 / IIS 7.5 environment. The Vista guide is close, but inadequate. Key details are missing and/or scattered in various locations on the forums.
Please help! I can open a support ticket under my client's account if needed. I've spent too many hours trying to make this work.