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Installing WebORB on Microsoft Vista

The instructions below will guide you through the process of installing WebORB on Microsoft Vista. We tried to simplify the installation process as much as possible, however it still takes several steps to install and run the product. The complexity mostly evolves around the challenges implied by Vista's UAC and the lack of tools available from Microsoft to create smoother installation procedures on Vista.

IMPORTANT: Internet Information Services is a prerequisite for WebORB 3.1. Make sure to install and start the IIS web server before proceeding with the instructions below.

  1. Download the latest release of WebORB for .NET ( or later). The download is a compressed ZIP archive consisting of two installer files (MSI and EXE).

  2. Extract files from the ZIP file into a folder from where you will launch the installation, for example c:\weborb

  3. Enable IIS6 compatibility layer:

    1. Open Control Panel.

    2. If you use the "Classic View", double click "Programs and Features", otherwise, select "Programs"

    3. Click on "Turn Windows features on or off"

    4. Make the selection as shown below in the "Windows Features" popup:


    5. Click OK to let Windows configure IIS.

  4. Open Windows Explorer and change to the directory where you extracted the installer files (c:\weborb in these instructions).
  5. Select setup.exe, click right mouse button and select "Run as administrator".
  6. If User Account Control is enabled, a UAC popup will request your permission to run the application. Click "Allow" to continue. If you get an error at this point, the most likely cause is a previous installation of the same version of WebORB. Uninstall the current installation and repeat step 6.
  7. The installer will prompt you to open WebORB startup page. Click "Yes", to open the page. The page will report an error since the new application must be associated with a .NET application pool. The error page contains the instructions. We recommend configuring the product to use the Integrated .NET mode:
    1. Click on the Windows Vista logo in the taskbar (the Start menu)
    2. Type in "cmd" in the "Start Search" area
    3. The program list will display the "Command Prompt" application. Select the application, click right mouse button and choose "Run as administrator"
    4. Change the current directory to "%systemroot%\system32\inetsrv
    5. Run the following command:

      appcmd migrate config "Default Web Site/weborb30"
    6. When using IIS7 on Vista, it is important to enable static file delivery. To do that open the following:
      Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows Features on and off. From there, choose Internet Information Services -> World Wide Web Services -> Common HTTP Features and check Static Content.
    7. Refresh the browser page opened in Step 7, WebORB Management Console will display.