I've seen several other posts similar to this (namely http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5237/solutions-for-working-with-multiple-branches-in-asp-net) but there are several issues that I have that seem to be different than other similar posts.
I have an ASP .NET application that uses a virtual directory off of localhost. There are several spots in the code where I need to reference the name of the virtual directory so the virtual directory needs to be in place and named correctly in order for it to work. I'm also using my httpd.conf file to format my URLs to avoid cluttered querystrings.
That being said, I just published my application and now need to create a branched environment for bug-fixes whenever there is a bug in the live code and I don't want to upload the dev code.
The trouble is that I need to be able to easily run my branched code parallel to my dev code without needing to do a bunch of work with IIS and config files every time I want to load in my branched code. The drawbacks are that the parallel environment needs to have the virtual directory in place and work with the same httpd.conf (for URL formatting).
I don't think Cassini would work because I need SSL and of course...the httpd.conf and the virtual directories would need to still be in place.
The perfect solution in my mind would be to run a parallel website to localhost with the same httpd.conf and the same virtual directory...but I'm running XP Pro and they don't "do" multiple websites.