IIS Basics. Hosting a single webpage Windows 2008 r2

January 21, 2012 at 18:40:34
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I have windows 2008 R2 on VMware. I have this single webpage and I want to host it using IIS.

I create a simple HTML document, save it in a folder as index.htm in c:\. I go to IIS add a site, give the physical path, I do the binding and give the host name.
What more do I need to do, to show this page while browsing. it does not happen.

Or have I got everything totally wrong. I am novice trying to learn basics. Errors in using terminologies is extremely likely, if that is the case lets please understand my doubt.

Chances are that I have posted it in the wrong category.

Any inputs makes me feel atleast heard :-).

Thanks for your time freinds.

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January 22, 2012 at 06:35:01
the root of the c drive is not a place to stat for this, and especially with 2008 R2.
put the file in the default web site's root folder. add index.htm as one of the default files the web server looks for by default if the full url is not specified. I don;t recall if index.htm is on the default list, I remember default.asp is. full URL example ht tp: //localhost/index.htm

regardless of that, to see your page load, add it to the the default top level folder for default website and while on the server open IE and enter ht tp: //localhost/index.htm

One of the things to check however is the IIS7 is running. when on the server, open a browser and enter into the address bar ht tp: //localhost -> you should see a big IIS7 banner/splash screen. You need to see this IIS7 default page to know that the IIS service is functioning.

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April 11, 2012 at 14:12:49
You need to put it in the document root for IIS. By default this is C:\inetpub\wwwroot\

index.htm is already a default document so you shouldn't need to add it.


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