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Is there an IIS 7.5 Web Site View that looks anything like the IIS 6 Web Site Properties view? I know where everything is in IIS6 (host headers, redirections, default filename etc.), but the view in IIS 7.5 is completely different. Is there anyway to access a traditional view in IIS 7.5?

If not, how would I access these features in IIS 7?

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Not that I'm aware of. But if you play with it, I think you'll grow to like it (I did).

Host headers: Select Web site > under IIS > HTTP Response Headers or under Actions on the right-side > Bindings ...

Redirections: I've always just installed URL Rewrite (via Web Platform Installer) and have used that. Otherwise IIS 7.x writes to Web.config, so you could go that route. More about HTTP Redirects - via the interface it requires a feature be turned on, as detailed in the article.

Default filename: Select Web site > under IIS > Default Document

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thank you for the very thorough answer – smartcaveman Jun 9 '11 at 12:31
No problem! And again, I think you'll come to like IIS 7's interface after you play around with it. It takes a bit of time, but it's pretty slick. – James Skemp Jun 9 '11 at 12:33
I installed The URL rewrite. Once I open it for a a Web Site, how would I set it to redirect all requests to ? – smartcaveman Jun 9 '11 at 13:35
I've detailed the steps in another answer. I'm not sure if I should have just edited the above answer, but ... – James Skemp Jun 9 '11 at 13:53
thanks buddy – smartcaveman Jun 9 '11 at 14:01

This won't fit as a comment, so to answer your question about redirecting all requests to another domain:

  1. Create a new Inbound rule (blank).
  2. Give it whatever name you want.
  3. Under Match URL select Matches the Pattern and Regular Expressions.
  4. Set pattern to .*
  5. Under Action select a type of Redirect.
  6. Enter whatever URL you want under Redirect URL (example:
  7. Decide whether you want to append the query string or not, and what type of status code you want returned.

Note that if you want to use a canonical domain (so force or, or even to go to there's some nice templates already created under the SEO heading - Canonical domain name in particular (which I've found very valuable).

EDIT: I suppose you could also add as a domain to the site, and then use the method detailed in since it's unlikely would point to your server. However, that smells like a hack to me, so I don't know that I'd recommend it.

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And I believe this assumes URL Redirect 2.0 (which is installed via Web Platform Installer). – James Skemp Jun 9 '11 at 13:54

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