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Remote Site Tab, Choose Location/Open Web Site Dialog Box

This dialog box allows you to open an existing Web site, or create a new Web site, on another computer running Internet Information Services (IIS). The dialog box is titled differently depending on whether you are creating or opening a Web site:

  • If you are creating a new remote Web site, the dialog box is titled Choose Location.

  • If you are opening an existing Web site, the dialog box is titled Open Web Site.

To access this dialog box when opening a Web site

  1. In Visual Web Developer, click File, and then click Open Web Site.

    The Open Web Site dialog box appears.

  2. Click the Remote Site tab.

To access this dialog box when creating a Web site

  1. In Visual Web Developer, click File, and then click New Web Site.

    The New Web Site dialog box appears.

  2. Click Browse, and then click the Remote Site tab.

To create a new site on the remote computer:

  • The remote computer must be running the .NET Framework version 2.0.

  • The site must be configured to use ASP.NET 2.0. If it is not, when you open the site, Visual Web Developer will prompt you to reconfigure the site to use ASP.NET 2.0. This is different from having ASP.NET 2.0 installed on the remote computer. It is possible to have ASP.NET 2.0 installed on the remote computer while the site to be opened is still mapped to use an earlier version of ASP.NET.

  • ASP.NET 2.0 must be enabled in IIS on the remote computer. For details, see "Enabling Web Service Extensions (IIS 6.0)" in the IIS Operations Guide.

  • FrontPage Server Extensions must be installed and enabled at the root level where you are creating the site. For details, see "Enabling Web Service Extensions (IIS 6.0)" in the IIS Operations Guide.

  • You must have FrontPage administration permissions to create new folders and files on the remote computer under the root where you want the site to be. For details, see "Using Roles to Manage User Rights" in the IIS Technical Reference.

  • If the application will write to a folder in the Web site, the ASP.NET user account, (either ASPNET for Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000, or NETWORK SERVICES for Windows Server 2003), must have Write and Modify permissions on the affected folders. If you cannot set these permissions yourself, you must have an administrator on the remote computer perform this task for you.

To open an existing site on the remote computer, the preceding must be true, and in addition:

Web site location

Specifies the full URL of the server and the name of the Web site that you want to open or create.

New Web Site

Creates a new Web site.

Connect using Secure Sockets Layer

Specifies that Visual Web Developer needs to run pages using the HTTPS protocol instead of HTTP.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is used for Web sites that need to transmit sensitive information between the browser and the Web server.

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