How do I create a virtual directory?

A. Before we describe how to create a virtual directory, it is first important to understand what a virtual directory is. For those who remember DOS, there was a command called join which allowed you to treat a different disk as a directory on the current drive. A Virtual directory is the same kind of thing, you can treat a directory or disk as a subdirectory of your web site.

For example your default web area may be c:\InetPub\wwwroot and this may be http://www.savilltech.com . If you had a subdirectory off of wwwroot called ntfaq, e.g. (c:\InetPub\wwwroot\ntfaq) you could access this as http://www.savilltech.com/ntfaq. What if I had run out of space on c: and wanted the FAQ to be on d:? You would create a virtual directory called ntfaq which would point to d:\pages\ntfaq and this procedure of creating a virtual directory is shown below.

  1. Start the Internet Service Manager (Start - Programs - Microsoft Internet Server)
  2. Double click on the Computer name of the web server which will display the properties
  3. Click the Directories tab
  4. Click the Add button which will display the Directory Propertices box.
  5. In the directory type the name of the disk and directory you want the new area to point to (or click Browse to select a directory).
  6. Next select the "Virtual Directory" check box and enter the alias you want the directory to be seen as, e.g. ntfaq
  7. Click OK
  8. Click OK again and then close the Internet Service Manager application

For IIS 4.0 and 5.0:

  1. Start the Internet Information Services manager
  2. Expand the computer
  3. Select ‘Default Web Site’
  4. Right click on the ‘Default Web Site’ and select New – Virtual Directory
  5. The virtual directory wizard will start. Click Next
  6. Enter the alias name for the directory, e.g. ntfaq if you wanted http://www.savilltech.com/ntfaq. Click Next
  7. Enter the path for the directory that the alias will point to, e.g. g:\data\ntfaq. Click Next
  8. Set the access permissions and click Next
  9. Click Finish to the wizard

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