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microsoft, IIS, server 2003 | moving existing website

Last Modified: 2013-11-30
I want to move a website from old server to new server. THe new server already has a website and is using IIS. How can i move the old website to the new one?
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What type of site are you moving?  Is it html, asp, or was it setup via 3rd party software? Do you want to replace the site on the new server or run the old site side-by-side?


side by side - its asp from what I can tell.

The easiest way would be to just create a virtual directory on the new server.  You'll be able to find the directory path for the new site in the IIS properties for the virtual directory.  Then copy your old code to the new directory.  You can trouble shoot it from there.

Another option is to create a new web site on the new server.  In order for two web sites to run on the same server on port 80, one will need an alias for one of the servers since only one site is allowed to be the default port 80 site.  I can explain more later if this is the option you choose.

I figure I should give you more info on creating another site on the server so that you can decide if it's what you want.  The below question deals with setting up the host headers to allow for hosting multiple sites in IIS.  You may have to read a bit to get the whole picture.


Note the comment that there are 3 options for hosting multiple sites in IIS:
1. Using different IP address
2. using host headers
3. Specifying a different port.

Let me know if you need additional clarification.


I am not a wedesigner and will need a way just to move the website to the new server. I think I can host multiple websites on port 80 on the new server as long as i have different Ip addresses listening.

Does anyone out there know how to do this?

If all you need is to move the site content, just do a network copy to the folder on the new machine.  Then create a web site in IIS and point the home directory to the new folder you created.


not sure what you mean, please specify what i would need to copy?

Have you tried copying everything in the current folder to a new folder on the new machine and creating a web site in IIS to point to it?  It doesn't appear by your responses that your doing much trouble shooting on your own.  Try and move the code by coping it over the network or by CD, or DVD or flash drive to the new server.  Once it's on the new server, create a IIS web site and point the home directory to the code you copied over.  If it's just .asp code, you should be able to run the default.asp page or another page.  If you get an error, post it back to this site and we'll go from there.


michman, what folders am i copying. not sure if you understan my questions. Clearly i dont know much about IIS - not sure what i need to copy. Please specify or allow someone else to.


Sorry I couldn't assist.  Hope your efforts go well.


Its ok, thanks for the attempt.

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ok thanks for the response. I will try that and let you know.

Thanks again

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