- DNN Platform
- Evoq Content
- Evoq Engage
Download DNN and extract the files.
Note: If you get a Windows Security Warning while attempting to unzip the file, you might need to unblock the DNN zip file then try again.
WARNING: For your protection, remember to download or unzip files from reliable sources only.
The folder where you extract the files becomes the DNN installation folder.
Developers and Designers: For module or theme development, you do not need the source files.
Determine the user account used to run your website.
The account name differs, depending on your IIS and Windows version:
If your OS is
and your IIS version is
then the account name is
Windows Server 2008
the NETWORK SERVICE account
- or -
IIS AppPool\AppPoolName, which is the name of the automatically generated app.
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012
Give Full or Modify permissions for the DNN installation folder to the user account that will run your website.
In Windows Explorer, right-click on the DNN installation folder, and choose Properties.
Go to the Security tab and click Edit.
In Select Users or Groups, enter the user name, then click Check Names.
Click OK once the name is resolved.
Highlight the newly added user name and check Full Control and Modify under Allow.
- DNN Wiki: Setting up Your Module Development Environment
- Setting up your DotNetNuke Module Development Environment
- DNN Community Blog: Installing DNN
- Microsoft blog: How to: Unblock a downloaded file to avoid security warnings
I am on Windows 10. I got an Access Denied error until I added the IIS_IUSRS group to the permissions.
I discovered the need to do this by (1) comparing the permissions for C:\inetpub\wwwroot to that of my install directory and (2) this Microsoft article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/iis/understanding-identities
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