Folders, Virtual Directories & Applications In IIS

  • Folder: a space used to store files, other folders, and shortcuts on a computer. The root folder for the IIS default website is located at: “C:\inetpub\wwwroot”.
  • Virtual Directory: directory that maps a logical directory to the physical location of the files on the local or remote server. It enables you to include content that is not physically stored under the website’s root folder.
  • Application: is a folder or a virtual directory that can be assigned to a different Application Pool. An application Pools represents a dedicated process space with one or more threads for handling incoming client requests. Use this when you want a new application root, appdomain isolation or want a subfolder to be in a new application pool.

Recap

  • A Virtual Directory is a directory that maps a logical directory to the physical location of the files on the local or remote server.
  • An Application is a folder or a virtual directory that can be assigned to a different Application Pool.
  • The key difference of an Application is that it can be assigned to a different Application Pool.

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