Ok, the installation instructions:
- ASP.NET Framework, 4.x or better
- MS SQL Server
- Extract the files from the zip file.
- Create the IIS app. Launch IIS Manager, navigate to Default Web Site, Add Application. The Alias can be
anything. The physical path should be the www subdirectory.
For example, if you extracted the zip to c:\btnet_377,
then the physical path of the application should be c:\btnet_377\www.
- Create a database. The best way is to use SQL Server Management Studo.
- Update Web.confg. Open the wwww\Web.config file in your favorite editor and follow the "Quick Start"
- Log in. If you chose, for example, "btnet" as your Alias, then point your browser to
You should see a login page. Login as user "admin", password "admin".
You will be prompted to run the www\setup.sql script, which creates the database tables, from a web page form, or you could also do it in your favorite db admin tool.
- Read this warning:
At this point you should be able to add bugs by clicking on "add a bug". Please take some time to look at the rest of this documentation. Also, please read the comments in the Web.config to learn what else you can do with BugTracker.NET. BugTracker.NET is deceptively simple when you first install it, but by doing a quick read of the comments in Web.config and a quick pass through the documentation pages, you'll get some idea of the things you can customize.
If you want to backup BugTracker.NET data, then backup the following:
1. Your SQL Server database
2. The files you have in the folder you have configured as your "UploadFolder" in Web.config. By default, BugTracker.NET saves uploads in the DB, so maybe you can skip this step.
3. Your configuration and customized files:
c) any files you have changed in the www\custom folder
d) hook scripts, for svn, git, hg
CREATE LOGIN user1 WITH PASSWORD = N'pass1', DEFAULT_DATABASE = btnet CREATE USER user1 FOR LOGIN user1 EXEC sp_addrolemember N'db_datawriter', N'user1' EXEC sp_addrolemember N'db_datareader', N'user1' -- to create custom columns EXEC sp_addrolemember N'db_ddladmin', N'user1' -- to backup the db EXEC sp_addrolemember N'db_backupoperator', N'user1'
Make sure you have a backup of your database, your Web.config file, and any other files that you have customized, such as btnet_custom.css or custom_header.html. Maybe look at the last modified dates of your files to double check which ones you have customized.
Read RELEASE_NOTES.TXT and follow the instructions for each individual release. You only need to download the latest release, but you do need to follow the instructions in RELEASE_NOTES.TXT for each intermediate release.
Often, RELEASE_NOTES.TXT directs you to run SQL in the file "upgrade.sql". Run the SQL a little bit at a time, one release at a time.
Usually you don't need to make any changes to your Web.config, but once in a while you do. The RELEASE_NOTES.TXT file will tell you when must make a change. See for example the release notes for release 2.7.5. Sometimes you might want to change your Web.config in order to turn on new features.
Overlay the files in your virtual directory with the new files from the .zip EXCEPT Web.config and the files in your "custom" folder. Don't overlay your Web.config file.
Don't accidentally re-copy install.aspx and query.aspx to your public website.