How to create a virtual directory in IIS using Windows 7

What is a Virtual Directory ?

A virtual directory represents a web application and it points to a physical folder in your computer.

How to create it in IIS on Windows 7 ?

In IIS (Internet Information Services Manager), as shown in the screenshot below, right click on a website under which you want to create a virtual directory. In this example “DemoSite” is the website under which I will be creating my virtual folder.

This can be done by right clicking it and selecting the “Add Virtual Directory” option.

Next you will get a window like the one below in the screenshot, where you will have to enter an “Alias” name for the virtual directory and also provide a Physical Path to it.

Click Ok and your virtual path is ready to use.

In case of any doubts or queries, feel free to use the comment section.

4 Comments

Shobhit

Sir I want to studied about ASP.NET MVC, WCF, WPF, LINQ From beginners level to Professional level, so please suggest me any website or any best resource for above things.

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Abdullahi

hello yasser
can you give me advice please.
when i created a virtual directory to the physical file. i get an error in the authorization when i test it.

The server is configured to use pass-through authentication with a built-in account to access the specified physical path. However, IIS Manager cannot verify whether the built-in account has access. Make sure that the application pool identity has Read access to the physical path. If this server is joined to a domain, and the application pool identity is NetworkService or LocalSystem, verify that \$ has Read access to the physical path. Then test these settings again.

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