Use this tab to create and manage virtual directories on your Web site. Virtual directories are pointers to Web files and Web folders that are stored on your computer and are used for content management. Configuring virtual directories is similar to configuring Web sites. Content for the virtual directory can come from one of the following sources:

The content for this resource should come from

This setting allows you to define the location of the content for this virtual directory.

The designated file

Click to specify the default file initially displayed on the client or run on the server when the browser requests that site. You can control access to this file by implementing any Windows security method.

A redirection to a URL

Click to redirect the client application, such as a browser, to another Web site or virtual directory. When selected, redirect options are substituted for path options.

Local path

When content comes from a directory located on this computer, this box displays the path to the directory that stores your Web site files. By default, these files are stored in the systemdrive\inetpub\wwwroot directory.


Click to locate directory path.

Script source access

Select to allow users to access source code if either Read or Write permissions are set. Source code includes scripts in ASP applications.


Select to allow users to read or download files or directories and their associated properties.


Select to allow users to upload files and their associated properties to the enabled directory on your server or to change content in a Write-enabled file. Write access is allowed only when a browser that supports the PUT feature of the HTTP 1.1 protocol standard.

Directory browsing

Select to allow users to see a hypertext listing of the files and subdirectories in this virtual directory. Because virtual directories do not appear in directory listings, users must know a virtual directory's alias. If Directory browsing is disabled and the user does not specify a file name, the Web server displays an "Access Forbidden" error message in the user's Web browser.

Log visits

Select to configure IIS to record visits to this directory in a log file. Visits are recorded only if logging is enabled for this Web site.

Related Topics

To learn more about logging site activity and virtual directories, see the IIS 6.0 online documentation on the Microsoft Windows Server TechCenter.