Step by Step Guide on How to configure II7 - Modify Settings
So far we have accomplished the following tasks with IIS7.
- Created a new virtual directory
- Configure its physical path
- Specify authentication scheme to use
If you are not looking into doing any more configuration changes, then you are see set to host the application
in this virtual directory as well as do some ASP.Net development for this web application. Next I will show you how to
do some more configuration changes.
6. Configure Default Page For Site
Most of web sites have their home page set to one of the following pages.
This may not be the case all the time. Sometimes you need to set the default page for your home page or
folder in your application to something different. In that case you need to set the default document for the
web application differently. Click on your virtual directly in IIS Manager and then you will see Default Document
feature in center view. Double click on that and you will be presented with the following dialog box where you can
specify the default page for your application.
7. Custom Error Pages
Next important task in hand for your web application configuration is setting the custom error
pages. These are the pages that you want your users to see when some error occurs. It is always a good
practice to redirect the users to some predetermined error page when something goes wrong on the site. It
serves multiple purposes.
- You can keep track of errors and the cause which will help you diagose problems in your application
- Give user friendly message to the user and redirect them to some other part of the application or site so that
they can continue with their visit to your site.
To configure custom error pages, double click on Custom Error Pages feature in center view and it will
bring up the following detailed view where you can configure the pages for HTTP errors.
8. Session State Configuration
Session state configuration is one of the most important tasks in web applicaiton development. You will see Session State feature
in center view. Double click on it and it will bring up the following detailed view where you can configure the session state for your
9. More Settings
There are plenty of more settings in IIS7 that you can set to fine tune your web application. In this article series I have
covered some basics ones that you need to get started. In the next articles I will discussing more advanced and detailed configuration
settings for ASP.Net development as wll as hosting.