This might be a dumb question, but i really tried to google and didnt find any good answer.
I was developing some webparts for SharePoint 2007 in Visual Studio 2008, and when i would build my project, it would create a setup.bat file and a solution dir, the bat file would accept server address as a parameter and would install everything into the server, if ran from the computer which hosts the sharepoint server. Solution directory contained a folder per webpart with a feature.xml file and another folder inside each folder with .webpart and .xml file, and also the solution directory would have the dll assembly with the code.
Now, i am tasked to change something in those, and unfortunately i lost the project (the virtual PC hosting it was "lost" and no backup was done of it). I reverse engeneered everything from my dll. We have moved to SP2010 and VS2010 by now.
So, I created a new Sharepoint 2010 project in VS 2010 and re-created the webparts i had before. But now when i build the project, it only creates the assembly dll and nothing else.
I also have a "deploy" feature that doesnt work, it fails at "activation" step with "unauthorised operation" error. But that doesnt matter, since i need to install the assempbly to a PC hosting sharepoint, and its located in another domain, so i need to get my webparts packed in the way they were packed when i worked in Visual Studio 2008 - some batch file or something that i can run on target PC to install/update the webparts.
And i have a "package" option that makes some 1KB .package file that doesnt seem to contain anything useful at all.
I tried looking inside project properties but i cannot find anything relevant. There are so few options and neither seems to be related. I am really confused now - did they remove the option to create a stand-alone package?
I hope someone can enlighten me on this.
Edit: Sorry i dont understand how to reply to the message (so it shows as a string of text, not an answer) in this site (reply link is missing) so i'll add to my post.
Yes it does make a .wsp file, but this file isnt recognised by windows (server with sharepoint 2010 up and running) so i didnt notice it. I'll read more on what this file is and how to install it.