This is a step-by-step guide to installing ProGet on Windows and provides some detail as to what's happening behind the scenes.
ProGet doesn't have any intense server requirements, and runs on all supported versions of Windows. The recommended requirements are:
Before installing, consider the following:
There is just one installer for all editions of ProGet, which you can doanload from download on inedo.com.
We always sign our installer packages. This signature can be seen when you run the installer and get a security warning, or right-click on the file for Properties and then look at Digital Signatures.
We've never had any issues with compromised installers (it's hosted on Amazon S3, which is quite reliable), but it doesn't hurt to make sure the signature is there.
The installer requires administrative privileges to run and will attempt to escalate. It will then unpack the temporary files and begin installation verification.
Take a quick read of our license agreement. Really, it's quick.
After accepting the license agreement, select the edition of ProGet you'd like to use (Free or Enterprise Trial).
After selecting the edition, just enter your name and email. The installer will try to get this from the currently logged in user.
Deploy to your favorite location, or just stick with the default of Program Files.
If you ran the installer with the embedded SQL Express, then you'll be able to select the option to install SQL Express:
Otherwise, you'll need to point to an existing server using a standard SQL Connection string. Note that if no database is specified in the connection string (which is the default), a database named ProGet will be created.
By default, the installer will configure ProGet to use its own web server. This is the easiest to start with, and you can always switch to IIS hosting later.
If IIS is installed on the server, you will have the option of installing ProGet in IIS. This will create an application pool and website in the local IIS configuration.
By default, the installer will use the Network Service account to run the ProGet Service and Web Application. We Recommend sticking with this, and changing the account later if you need to.
Make sure everything here looks OK, and then click Install.
If any of the items indicate an error, you can click on it to go back to that page and fix it.
If you chose to have SQL Server Express installed, then the actual installation process will take a while, as the installer must download the SQL installer and then wait for it to complete. On some servers, we've seen this take as long as fifteen minutes.
Clicking cancel (especially during the SQL Express installation) is not advised, as you may have to manually remove some bits of SQL Server using Add/Remove programs. Once everything's done, you'll be ready to start using ProGet.