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Virtual Directories vs. IIS "Web Sites"

I haven't tried installing multiple WebTools instances into different "Web Sites" yet. I'm wondering if there are any recommendations when doing this.

Without testing it yet, my first thought is to let WebTools install into the virtual directory, and then copy/paste into the separate IIS "Web Site".

Yes? No? Anyone with experience on this? Any issues with licensing if there are multiple installs like this?

Thanks!

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    Posted on Jan 28, 2008 at 06:30 PM

    Hi Paul

    You can use the installer, but effectively all it is doing with the website files is extracting the contents into the directory you specify then creating a new website in IIS with the application root pointed to this directory. It also creates a web.config file with the database connectionstring in it and encrypts it using the private key you chose or was chosen by the installer.

    If you just copy the webfiles into a different directory then create a new website in IIS, the installer will not be aware of this instance, and you will have to create a new instance in order to use the installer for upgrading to a new patch level. So be careful if you choose this route.

    Its recommended that you use the advanced mode of the installer to create multiple instances.

    In terms of licensing, the web tools license is per server not per website so you could host multiple websites on the same machine with one license.

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      Paul, I've done multiple installs of the same version on the same server. It's really quite simple, but Shane's right, you do have to go through the Advanced Install. I always use a new Virtual Directory and the web files are kept separately. The instances.xml file in the Installer's directory tracks what you have installed where. It gets a little more confusing when using SynchManager, as you have to set up different profiles, but that can be done too.

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    Posted on Jan 28, 2008 at 04:23 PM

    Hi Paul,

    If you do an advanced install you can specify multiple websites. The installer will create the directory in wwwroot and map it in IIS.

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    Posted on Jan 29, 2008 at 02:03 PM

    Thanks guys!

    I've done multiple sites in Virtual Directories a lot. I just didn't know if there was anything to keep in mind when doing multiple "web sites".

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