Need help getting this started...

I am knew to and have no coding experience to speak of.  I am trying to work with the community starter kit and have no success in getting started.  Are there any SIMPLE instructions for novices that explain how to setup and use this kit?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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I am also relatively new. But I just went through a lot of this, so maybe I can help a bit. First of all, it took me 3 different downloads to find a kit that installed all the way through without error. I suggest that you do NOT choose the JS versions (J-sharp). Although it installed okay, it did not have a Discuss Section option for the forum. I don't think this is a bug because even the documentation does not list a Discuss Section. Another one that I downloaded kept giving me errors. However, I did find the VBVS version installable; plus it had all the section options. So, I would suggest that you download that one. The install will come up and ask you what your database server name is. The normal methods of getting this info in the command prompt did not work for me, as it told me that my server name was 'local'. You will actually find the name of your database server in your SQL error log, which starts up every day (as long as you have done the prerequisite install of MSDN, etc.) I should mention that I am using the XP system. On my system (and hopefully on yours, I found the error logs in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$VSDOTNET\LOG. The name is located in both ERRORLOG and SQLAGENT files. In the same dialog box that it asks for the server name, it asks for authentication info. The only way that worked for me was to select Windows auth. All my attempts to do SQL login always failed. (Someone else may know how to do the SQL auth)
From there my install continued okay. The other problem that I had is that I had not started ASP.NET after installing it. You do this by going to the command prompt, navigating to Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322, and inputing the command "aspnet_regiis -i" .  If your admin pages come up as static html, then you know that you have not started ASP.
Someplace in all of this (I think during CommunityStarterKit install) you will be asked to give a virtual directory name.  You probably don't want to use your default site because the default site gives a lot of IIS info that you probably don't want to delete. So, just give it a name. I used 'CommunityStarterKit' for mine.
If everything has gone well, then when you bring up the link, "http://localhost/CommunityStarterKit/default.aspx, you will be brought to the first of the pages that gets you started creating your community. This part is self evident. You are just filling out text boxes and checking lists or choosing radio button selections that describes the type of sections that you want. After you install the CommunityStarterKit, there is documentation stuck into START>ALL PROGRAMS>ASP.NET STARTER KITS>ASP COMMUNITY STARTER KITS (VBVS)>COMMUNITY STARTER KIT DOCUMENTATION.

I hope this little bit helps.
9/20/2005 3:07:11 PM

Thanks for the info.  I will try and work through your notes and see what happens.  I have never worked with SQL server so chances are i dont have everything configured or installed correctly.  When i start up the Community setup wizrd i get the following error message before anything else.  
Thanks for your help

 the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80005000): Unknown error (0x80005000)
   at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.Bind(Boolean throwIfFail)
   at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.Bind()
   at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.get_IsContainer()
   at System.DirectoryServices.ChildEnumerator..ctor(DirectoryEntry container)
   at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntries.GetEnumerator()
   at CSKSetup.CreateVirtualDirectory.GetWebSites(String iisRoot)
   at CSKSetup.CreateVirtualDirectory.CreateVirtualDirectory_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnCreateControl()
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ContainerControl.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Form.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Form.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

************** Loaded Assemblies **************
    Assembly Version: 1.0.3300.0
    Win32 Version: 1.0.3705.6018
    CodeBase: file:///c:/windows/
    Assembly Version: 1.0.1243.36067
    Win32 Version: 1.0.1243.36067
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Program%20Files/ASP.NET%20Starter%20Kits/ASP.NET%20Community%20Starter%20Kit%20(VBVS)/Setup/CSKSetup.exe
    Assembly Version: 1.0.3300.0
    Win32 Version: 1.0.3705.6018
    CodeBase: file:///c:/windows/assembly/gac/
    Assembly Version: 1.0.3300.0
    Win32 Version: 1.0.3705.6018
    CodeBase: file:///c:/windows/assembly/gac/system/1.0.3300.0__b77a5c561934e089/system.dll
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version:
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Program%20Files/ASP.NET%20Starter%20Kits/ASP.NET%20Community%20Starter%20Kit%20(VBVS)/Setup/DataBaseServers.DLL
    Assembly Version: 1.0.3300.0
    Win32 Version: 1.0.3705.6018
    CodeBase: file:///c:/windows/assembly/gac/system.drawing/1.0.3300.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/system.drawing.dll
    Assembly Version: 7.0.3300.0
    Win32 Version: 7.00.9951
    CodeBase: file:///c:/windows/assembly/gac/microsoft.visualbasic/7.0.3300.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/microsoft.visualbasic.dll
    Assembly Version: 1.0.3300.0
    Win32 Version: 1.0.3705.6018
    CodeBase: file:///c:/windows/assembly/gac/system.directoryservices/1.0.3300.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/system.directoryservices.dll

************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just in time (JIT) debugging, the config file for this
application or machine (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging

For example:

    < jitDebugging="true" />

When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the machine
rather than being handled by this dialog.

9/21/2005 5:31:46 AM
I think you need to install the .NET framwork 1.1 to fix thoes errors you can download it from

9/22/2005 3:41:20 PM

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