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DNN Administration

Case Study – How to deploy Dot Net Nuke 6.0 to Windows Azure Platform

6 JUNE 2014

Some Words on the Client who needed DNN Administration assistance

Our client represents a leading software company based in Rotoroa, New Zealand. They have a growing network of sales and solution partners around the world cate ring to over 100 customers in 17 countries worldwide. The main motto of this company is to be the global leader in enterprise carbon accounting and sustainability measurement and management systems. This client is committed to good environmental practices and recognizes their responsibility to eliminate, mitigate or remedy the environmental impacts of their business activities to protect the wider environment. The client had a dnn administration requirement and Ace-Dnn did the task of deploying their DNN website to windows azure platform.

The Challenges faced by the Company

The client had a fully functional website developed in the feature-rich dotnetnuke platform. DNN is an open source program that has several easy to use features that helps in easy developing and designing of a web portal. Their site was built in the 6.0 dotnetnuke version. When the client approached us, they were looking to cut the infrastructure and hosting costs and help the users focus on their core business instead of being impeded by IT obstacles. The hosting provider they were currently using required them to spend a lot on infrastructure related expenses including purchasing windows, framework, IIS and SQL server. This is why they wanted to shift their website hosting to cloud computing and were looking for an expert company that can help them to deploy dotnetnuke 6.0 to Windows Azure platform as their main DNN administration requirement.

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Our implementation

We understood the client’s DNN administration requirements fully and started working on the task. This was also perhaps the most difficult dnn administration job that we have done. There is special tool for DNN deployment on Azure platform is Dot Net Nuke Azure Accelerator Wizard. This wizard to create database, upload package and configure Azure ready for deployment into a Web role. It requires pre-configuration of Azure SQL Server, Azure Hosted Service and Azure Storage which you can have after signup the account on Windows Azure platform with your Windows live account.

Deploying their DNN 6.0 site to Microsoft Azure platform required our administrator to login an Azure account before using its tools mentioned following.

  1. Microsoft Azure Management Portal
  2. Online tool, uses Silverlight for rich interface
  3. Create/drop storage, SQL Servers, Deployments
  4. Cloudberry Explorer for Azure
  5. Provides access for upload/download from Azure
  6. Visual Studio Tools
  7. Azure connection
  8. Remote Desktop access

Our administrator was able to complete the task and deploy their dotnetnuke site to Microsoft Azure in only 1-2 days. This is the first of its kind DNN administration task performed by us.

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Our Results

After the DNN implementation into the cloud, the client is able to develop and run their software solutions on a cloud platform without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software layers. The intended purpose of this client for hosting their site to the cloud computing network was fulfilled. He was extremely happy with the work done by our DNN experts and has recommended us to many of its partners and clients.

We invite all readers to contact us for any queries or feedback on this or any other dnn administration related matters.

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