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Chapter 5.8. Internet Information Server > Creating and Managing Virtual Direct...

Creating and Managing Virtual Directories and Servers

The default Web site is usually the root Web site that is reached whenever someone http connects to the Web server. Internet Information Server allows you to create virtual directories and virtual servers to allow your Web server to distribute content around multiple physical drives and host more than one site at a time. Suppose you have a corporate intranet Web site that can be reached at http://intranet.mysite.com/. You want to add a message board to the site and you want to set up your message board in a directory outside the wwwroot. The best way to achieve this is with a virtual directory.

A virtual directory is simply a Registry reference that's made to a physical directory on the hard drive. Suppose you placed the files for your message board directory inside a directory under C:\server\aspcode\mboard. The virtual directory will make it possible for users to access your message board application at http://intranet.mysite.com/messages/.


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