[thelist] Virtual directories in IIS

Koutoulas, Pete PKOUTOUL at Fayette.k12.ky.us
Wed Jun 18 07:25:59 CDT 2003

On Wednesday, June 18, 2003 7:55 AM, Jason Handby wrote:

> The other way is to tell IIS what the host header name (e.g.
> www.mysite.co.uk) for each site is. The client's browser will supply
> the name of the server they're trying to connect to in the headers of
> the HTTP request. This means you can set all your DNS entries for all
> your websites to point to one IP address for your server, leaving IIS
> to work out which request is for which site by looking at the request
> headers. To set the host header name in IIS, go to "Properties | Web
> Site", click "Advanced..." in the "Website identification" section,
> and edit the entry in the top list to add the host header name. This
> is what Apache calls "name-based virtual hosts". You should almost
> always use this; it's much nicer. 

Not trying to throw a monkey wrench into this discussion, but isn't it true
that there are a few very old browsers that do not send a host header and
thus fail to distinguish virtual hosts created this way? I know it's
probably quite a tiny percentage, but if this is true (and I'm pretty sure
it is) it may be a consideration if using unique IP's is an option.

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