NIU Visual Studio 2010
web development environment
ASP.NET/VB.NET/C#.NET development, and web
publishing, environment for students of OMIS and CSCI programs.
: There are two ways to use this environ
: Use the shared environment (VS.NIU.EDU) to develop
the Visual Studio IDE. Your websites will be
automatically available on the World Wide Web via the
VSWEB.NIU.EDU/<ZID>/<Website Name> address.
Install a free co
Visual Web Developer Express 2010
on your computer and use a secure FTP program, such as
To use the environment directly
IF YOU ARE OFF CAMPUS
: If you are off campus, connect to the NIU
. If you’re on campus, including residence halls, skip to step
Visit the link below
to the NIU Network
Login with your Z ID and let the
AnyConnect client install.
you’ve done this once, you can run the Cisco AnyConnect
nstalled on your system, each time you connect
This will establish a secure connection to the NIU network.
Use a Remote Desktop Connection to connect to VS.NIU.EDU. Using a
Windows client, the quickest way to do this is go to START/RUN and
e MSTSC. When the prompt appears, type in VS.NIU.EDU. Connect.
Log in with your Z ID.
Make sure the domain is set to NIUNT.
will automatically launch.
Visual Studio Ultimate offers several development opt
ions, to create
File/New Web Site…
You can select ASP.NET Web Site or ASP.NET Empty Web Site
g on your design.
In the web location field type the following path in the web location
field. Replace the highlighted text with your ZID and your
. I suggest using the course name as a site name (e.g. OMIS475)
YOUR SITE NAME
This must be done to ensure your website is visible on the WWW.
your websites directly under the
You’re now ready to develop a website! Note: The first time you
create a site it can take up to 10 minutes to be
Using secure FTP to connect to VSWEB.NIU.EDU
: Enables the uploading of content to
your website outside of the
: You might chose to develop your website using a free download of Visual
Web Developer Express 2010. You would then use FTP to publish your local
content to the web
server (VSWEB.NIU.EDU). It
’s also useful for adding content,
such an image, to your site.
Install an SSL capable FTP utility, such as
Using Filezilla, create a New Site
Call the site VSWEB
in the HOST field
Require explicit FTP over TLS
for Logon Type. Enter your Z ID. Enter your password
Accept the security certificate.