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    Renaming a site (IIS 4.0)

    Hello;

    I am being required to rename our large company intranet site. We have several thousand pages and many subwebs. This includes changing the site's name in the browser address so the new name appears in the URL. Yes, we are coordinating with other depts. for the DNS changes, etc.

    In the IIS console, it appears that all I need to do is change the site name in the "Description" box on the Web Site tab, and the "Application Settings" Name field on the Home Directory tab.

    Is this correct? Is there anything else that needs done?
    Will the index server automatically index the site under the new name once the server is rebooted (we were rebooting that weekend anyway). I'm expecting it to kick off and hog the machine for a while. The index server manager shows it being indexed by the path (F:inteputetc), not the name, so I assume it will work?
    Will the catalogs, etc. from the old site name still be there, and how might I get rid of them if they are? It's important that the search engine not return results for the old site name, since they'll cause a "page not found" error if clicked.

    Thanks for the help,
    Dave

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    Re: Renaming a site (IIS 4.0)

    In addition to the changes you mentioned, you'll also want to make sure that the main web's folder is renamed (assuming it is physically located under inetpubwwwroot...). If it's a virtual directory, just update the virtual directory name to your new website's name. (Also, be sure your DNS settings point to the correct new folder...)

    Also, the key here is relative vs. absolute naming. If your links are relative (that is, including just the folder and page names) you should not have much page editing to do. If they are absolute (including the site's full http path), you'll be busy for a while. You may want to take advantage of a site management tool, like Dreamweaver, to help in this renaming process. Even if you automate editing, you'll still want to employ some kind of link-verification utility (again - Dreamweaver has one built-in).

    It's certainly no small task (especially with so many pages), but with careful planning and solid execution I'm sure things will go quite well!

    Good luck!!

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    Re: Renaming a site (IIS 4.0)

    Thanks, here's hoping it all works! <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24>

    Dave

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