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I am hosted on a Windows 2000 server.
I have a domain set up at www.gordondesigns.com ; .
I have a sub-domain that they set up for me called:
bobby.gordondesigns.com.

It is set up so it pulls the Default.htm file from the folder called    bobby    on the server.  (this is fine).

But, when you enter:
http://bobby.gordondesigns.com/ ; into the address bar, it goes to   http://bobby.gordondesigns.com/bobby/ ;  instead of just   http://bobby.gordondesigns.com/

They have it set up so it forwards to that folder.

I don't want it to foward to that folder.

I want it to stay at  http://bobby.gordondesigns.com/ ; yet point to the folder called    bobby  .

My hosting company doesn't know how to do this and I was hoping that someone might be able to tell me ... what I can tell them ... in order for the subdomain to work as described above.

Can anyone help???

Thanks,
Gary
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They seem not to have set up a new virtual server for you but only opened a directory on their main web (e.g. the address http://bobby.gordondesigns.com/bobby/ is identical to http://www.gordondesigns.com/bobby/ ). The correct procedure would have been to create a new virtual web server with a so-called host header pointing to bobby.gordondesigns.com - this would separate the two web servers properly inetad of making your web a directory of theirs. If they don't know how this works, you may want to reconsider them as hosting partner since you may run in lots of other problems due to missing knowledge of theirs.
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AvonWyss,

I appreciate your thoughts.

Could you tell me step by step (if you don't mine) how to set up the virtual server?  Or is it too difficult to try and tell me.  I would like to know the steps involved.

Thanks,
Gary
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It's not difficult at all.

* open the Internet Information Services MMC console
* Righ-click on the server name, choose "New..." -> "Webserver" from the popup menu
* In first page of the following wizard, enter the name (as it will be shown in the administration console).
* In the next page, leave the IP address and the port on the defaults, but enter "bobby.gordondesigns.com" (without quotes) as host header.
* Enter the file path where your files are stored (probably "C:\Inetpub\WWWRoot\bobby" in the current setup).
* Leave the default access rights (they are correct for MOST situations)
* Finish the wizard.

If you want to use the FrontPage extensions, right-click on the new webserver in the console and choose "All Tasks" -> "Configure Extensions" and steph through the wizard. You may also want to start the "Permissions Wizard" to allow you write access to these directories.

This should be it. Therefore I put this as answer to your question to lock this Q.
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Thank you!!!

Gary
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