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Configure Web Sites by Using Host Header Names


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Article ID: 2
Author: Greg Hedgepath
Created: 6/19/2008
Modified: 6/25/2008
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Configure Web Sites by Using Host Header Names

To configure Web sites by using the Host Header Names feature, follow these steps:
1.Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Services Manager.
2.In the Internet Information Services window, expand * server name (where server name is the name of the server).
3.Right-click the Web site that you want, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu that appears.

The Web site name Properties dialog box appears (where Web site name is the name of the Web site that you selected).
4.Under Web Site Identification, select the IP address that you want assigned to this Web site in the IP Address list.
5.Click the Advanced button.
6.Under Multiple identities for this Web Site, click the IP address, and then click Edit.

The Advanced Web Site Identification dialog box appears.
7.In the Host Header Name box, type the host header that you want. For example, type www.example1.com. Add the port number, select the IP address from the list, and then click OK.

NOTE: If you want to configure this Web site with additional identities, click Add. Use the same IP address and TCP port, but enter a unique Host Header Name, and then click OK. For example, if you want to access the same Web site from both the Internet and a local intranet, you could configure the Web site identity in the manner shown in the following example:
   IP Address      TCP Port  Host Header Name

192.168.0.100 80 www.example1.com
192.168.0.100 80 example1.com
8.In the Advanced Multiple Web Site Configuration dialog box, click OK.
9.In the Web site name Properties dialog box, click OK to return to the IIS console.
10.Right-click the next Web site that you want, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
11.In the IP Address list, select the same IP address that you selected in step 4, and then click Advanced.
12.Under Multiple identities for this Web Site, click the IP address, and then click Edit.

The Advanced Web Site Identification dialog box appears.
13.In the Host Header Name box, type a unique host header for this Web site. For example, type www.example2.com, add the port number, select the IP address from the list, and then click OK.
14.In the Advanced Multiple Web Site Configuration dialog box, click OK.
15.In the Web site name Properties dialog box, click OK.

You return to the IIS window.
16.Repeat steps 10 through 15 for each Web site that you want hosted on this IP address.
17.Register the host header names with the appropriate name resolution system -- for example, a Domain Name System (DNS) server or, in the case of a small network, a Hosts file.

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