.NET Framework 3.5 deployment guides have been published on MSDN

The official deployment guides for system administrators and application developers have been posted on MSDN, and I wanted to provide links here to help raise visibility for them.  Here they are along with some additional information about what is contained in each of them:

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Deployment Guide for Application Developers

You can find the deployment guide for application developers at the following location:


The deployment guide for application developers is targeted at developers creating applications that depend on the .NET Framework 3.5 and that will need to incorporate the .NET Framework 3.5 into their installation process.  It contains the following information:

  • System requirements
  • Where to download the redistributable package from
  • How to chain the redistributable package into an application setup
  • How to detect whether or not the .NET Framework 3.5 is installed on a system
  • Command line switches for .NET Framework 3.5 setup
  • Error codes that can be returned by .NET Framework 3.5 setup
  • Payload included with .NET Framework 3.5 setup
  • How to minimize payload in specific installation scenarios

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Administrator Deployment Guide

You can find the administrator deployment guide at the following location:


The administrator deployment guide is targeted at system administrators that manage software installation on corporate networks and who want to plan a deployment of the .NET Framework 3.5 to networks that they manage.  It contains the following information:

  • How to deploy the .NET Framework 3.5 in silent mode using the setup EXE
  • How to create an administrative install point (AIP) for the components of the .NET Framework 3.5
  • How to create Group Policy objects to deploy the components of the .NET Framework 3.5 using Active Directory
  • Names and locations of .NET Framework 3.5 setup log files
  • A sample script that can be used to create an administrator installation point for the .NET Framework 3.5

Links with additional information

I have previously posted a few items on my blog that are not covered (or are touched on but not covered in much detail) in the above deployment guides.  Here are links to those posts in case you need additional information about deploying the .NET Framework 3.5 or its prerequisites (such as the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 and/or 3.0 SP1):