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Don't use the Default Web Site

When you install IIS, it automatically sets up a "Default Web Site" on port 80 of the primary IP address of your server. If you take a look at this web site's properties in the IIS management console, you'll see it has all sorts of unneeded stuff in it. My Windows 2000 Server has IISHelp, IISAdmin, IISSamples, MSADC, Printers, and so on. On top of that, a lot of components take the liberty of setting up their samples and documentation in the "Default Web Site" as well.

So how do you keep these files, settings, and the potential security problems they bring with them away from your web site? Don't use the "Default Web Site". Change the settings on it to not allow any users and move it to an unused port. Then set up a new web site on port 80 and configure it the way you want. That way you'll have a brand new and clean space in which to build your site.

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