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Why Default.asp is Not Created in the Default Web Site of IIS 5.0

Article ID: 246053

Article Last Modified on 11/21/2006


  • Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0

This article was previously published under Q246053


In Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0, a Default.asp file was placed in the default Web site created during setup. This file described IIS 4.0 and the Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack. It displayed information for the user who installed IIS 4.0, but it could also be viewed by end users who had access to the site.

In Internet Information Services 5.0, however, Setup does not create a Default.asp (or Default.htm file). Instead, it creates a new default document, "Iisstart.asp".


When Iisstart.asp loads, it determines if the request for the page came from the local computer or from a remote connection. If it came from a remote connection, then an "under construction" Web page is returned to the user of the Web site.

If the request came from a local connection, the Localstart.asp file is loaded. This file presents a "Welcome to Windows 2000 Internet Services" page, which is targeted at Web developers and administrators. In addition, it also opens the "Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0 Documentation" in a new window.

NOTE: Iisstart.asp is a new default document for the default Web site. Because it has lower priority than the other standard default documents, Default.htm and Default.asp, it will not be loaded if either of those other files exist. Furthermore, if IIS 5.0 is installed over an IIS 4.0 installation that already has a Default.asp or Default.htm file, it does not remove or overwrite them.

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