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My First Application on ColdFusion MX Server

Like HTML, ColdFusion is a tag based language. If you have ever wanted to gain a working knowledge of ColdFusion, you will find this article to be a good place to start. It covers starting and stopping the MX 7 server, configuring a virtual directory, and testing the directory.

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By: Jayaram Krishnaswamy
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August 08, 2005
  1. · My First Application on ColdFusion MX Server
  2. · Accessing Server Administration Panel from IIS
  3. · Creating a Virtual Directory to Publish CFM Files
  4. · Virtual Directory Properties
  5. · Creating a Web Page with the CFM Extension, our First ColdFusion Page
  6. · ColdFusion Tags CFSET and CFOUTPUT

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My First Application on ColdFusion MX Server - Creating a Virtual Directory to Publish CFM Files
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The concept of virtual directory associates a directory on the machine on which the Web server is hosted to a logical path on the Web server. A visitor to the Web page can only find what the logical path is, and will not be able to find where the real directory is located. The virtual directory wizard takes on the responsibility for the creation of virtual directories in IIS. The next picture shows how you may create a virtual directory.

Creating a new virtual directory

After welcoming, the wizard quizzes you about the name you want to give for this directory. This is an alias for the real directory.

Virtual directory alias

Next you need to point to the directory on the machine into which the content will be published, as seen in the next picture. This directory is created in the My Documents folder called, MyCFusion.

Web site contents directory

You follow this up with configuring the access permissions. Herein, the default is accepted. Although it says ASP, the CFM files are also acceptable. This will be seen later when we look at the properties of the virtual directory.

Virtual directory creation wizard

Now you will see a virtual directory created in the IIS Web server as shown here. Currently, this directory is empty as no content has been added.

Virtual directory TestingCF

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