There are various ways to install Kartris depending on your circumstances.

Kartris is featured within the Microsoft Web App Gallery. Various Microsoft Tools including IIS and Web Matrix make it simple to install Kartris.

Install - Microsoft Web Platform Installer

The process on IIS7 and earlier will be similar, the main difference being that the web site will run as a specific Windows user rather than an app pool identity. So you will need to add that user to your SQL Server, and create Windows permissions for it.

Firstly, you must have Windows, IIS and SQL Server installed. This example is using Windows 8.1 and SQL Server 2008 R2. But the process will be similar for other versions of Windows with IIS7 or above.

Step 1 - Find where your IIS web root folder is and add a new folder into it. If you're not sure where it is, go to IIS, right click the Default Web Site and select 'explore'. The default location is normally C:\inetpub\wwwroot, but you can move this to another location for disk space reasons, or locate it into your Dropbox if you want files to be backed up to the cloud.

Step 1 - Find web root

Step 2 - Within windows explorer, add a new folder into your web root. We tend to use names that help identify the version of Kartris and the name of the customer or site, to make it easier to tell these things at a glance later.

Step 2 - Create a new folder for the web

Step 3 - Back in IIS, refresh the sites and you should see the new folder within 'sites'. Right click this, and select 'Convert to Application'. A dialogue pops up. Click the 'Select' button and choose the ASP.NET 4.0 or ASP.NET 4.5 application pool. Then Ok everything. You should see the folder 'k26001_mytestweb' icon change. The web is now set up ready for our files, which will come a bit later.

Step 3 - Convert to application

Step 4 - We need to create a new database for our site. Open up SQL Management Studio and connect. If you are using SQL Express, the default location will be localhost\sqlexpress. Right click on the 'Databases' folder and select 'New Database'. Name your database and save - again, we're going to call it 'k26001_mytestweb' (the name does not have to match your web, but it's much easier to tie up sites to their respective databases later if it does).

Step 4 - Create a new database

Step 5 - We need to create the right permissions to allow our web to work with this database. This part is all about identifying which Windows user your web runs as, and giving this user permissions. Because we set the site up using the defaults, it should be running as an app pool identify user called 'IIS APPPOOL\.net v4.5. Remember the application pool we selected in step 2 above was called '.net v4.5' - the database user you need will be called 'IIS APPPOOL\[application pool name]'.

To find users on this database, open up the 'Security' folder in SQL Management Studio and then 'Logins'. If you don't see 'IIS APPPOOL\.net v4.5' (or whatever the name of your app pool is), then you need to add it. If you see the user there already, you can skip to the next step. Otherwise, right click on 'Logins' and type the name of the app pool into the dialogue, then 'Search'. Another window appeals, and you need to enter 'IIS APPPOOL\.net v4.5' again into the box here. When you click 'Check names' you should see the text change, hiding the IIS APPPOOL part. This indicates that it is a valid user. OK everything, and this new user should now appear under 'Logins' in the treeview.

Step 5 - Add the database user

Step 6 - We need to map this database to this user. Right click on the 'IIS APPPOOL\.net v4.5' user and select 'Properties'. On the dialogue that pops up, select 'User Mapping'. Check the box by the 'k26001_mytestweb' database and Ok to save. This means that this user is now mapped to this database.

Step 6 - Map user to database

Step 7 - Now we have the user mapped to this database, we need to give him permissions. Go to k26001_mytestweb > Security > Logins and then right click on the app pool user. In the popup, select 'db_owner' in the 'Database role membership field'. Then OK.

Step 7 - Giving the db user permissions

Step 8 - Now we are all set to copy in the Kartris files. Download the latest zip, and ensure you unblock it (see here for more info). Open it up and copy the contents of the Kartris folder into the 'k26001_mytestweb' folder. Your folder should look like this:

Step 8 - Import files from zip

Step 9 - The final configuration step is to give the web site user full control permissions. This is so the web site can write, modify and delete files, which is essential as you upload product images, make changes to payment systems. It also means that the install routine can rewrite the web.config file itself, which makes things a bit easier.

To do this, find the web root in Windows explorer, right click the k26001_mywebsite folder, and select 'properties', then the 'security' tab.

Step 9 - Set Windows permissions

Click the 'Edit...' button, then 'Add...' and enter 'IIS APPPOOL\.net v4.5'. Ok this, and the user '.NET v4.5' should appear in the list.

Step 9a - Adding Windows user

Finally, select this user in the list and give it full 'allow' permissions, and then OK everything.

Step 9b - Set permissions

Step 10 - You now have the database and web set up with full permissions, and should be ready to start the installer. Call up the web site in a browser - the URL will be http://localhost/k26001_mytestweb/.

Step 10 - Run the setup routine

  1. Unzip Kartris to a folder on your desktop. Using FTP, upload the files to your web site.
  2. Make sure your hosting is set to run as ASP.NET 4.0.
  3. Call up the site in your web browser, and the setup routine should run.
  4. When you get to the stage to setup the database connection, you will probably need to use the database address (or IP), name, username and password given to you by your web host. The install routine will try to rewrite your web.config file with these connection details, but if the permissions do not allow this, you can download it from the setup routine and then upload to the root of your site with FTP instead.
  5. If you get problems running the database setup and want to create the database first through MS SQL's Management Studio interface, the .sql file is located here:


    When you run the setup routine again, it should notice that you already have a Kartris database populated.
  6. Once setup and logged in to the back end, you can go to the front end by clicking the Kartris logo link in the top left of the page.

Sometimes you might want to run the install routine again – for example, to reset the admin password for Kartris if you forget it. You can do this by making a couple of minor changes to the web.config file.

First, change the connection string to a non-existent database:

<add name="KartrisSQLConnection" connectionString="Data Source=localhost\SQLEXPRESS;Database=BadDBName;Integrated
Security=True;connect timeout=50" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient"/>

Secondly, comment out the 'globalization' tag. This is what tells Kartris where to find language localization strings. The install routine uses a file for these, but once Kartris is up and running and connected to a database, it pulls this data from the database instead. Check there is no other 'globalization' tag nearby in the code which is uncommented.

<!--<globalization resourceProviderFactoryType="Kartris.SqlResourceProviderFactory"
 culture="auto" uiCulture="auto" enableClientBasedCulture="true"/>-->
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