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Configure a virtual server

About virtual server configuration settings

You can specify general settings for a virtual server on the Change Configuration Settings page in the following categories:

Enable authoring

If you need to stop users from publishing to the Web site while you perform maintenance tasks, you can disable authoring. Note that when you disable authoring, no users can publish new information to the site. Be sure you notify users before you disable authoring, so they do not lose any current work.

Mail settings

Periodically, the server sends e-mail notification or other messages to users of your site or to you, the administrator. In this section, you can specify the SMTP mail server to use for these messages. You also can type the From and Reply-to address to use for these messages, and specify which mail encoding option and character set to use in the e-mail messages.

Performance tuning

The speed with which a Web server responds to requests from a client depends a lot on the size of the Web site, particularly the number of pages and the other files it contains. You can improve a Web site's response time by tuning it. When you tune a Web site, Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 sets aside a certain amount of disk space as a cache for the Web site, based on the number of Web pages. For example, you can tune a Web site for less than 100 pages or for more than 1,000, or use the custom setting and fill in your own cache sizes. You can use the default cache settings or specify settings or specify settings for the in-memory document cache, the include file cache, the image file cache, and the maximum cached document size.

For Microsoft FrontPage 2000 Server Extensions, you use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to adjust performance tuning. With FrontPage Server Extensions 2002, you use the Change Configuration Settings page in the Server Administration pages.

Client scripting

Use this section to specify which type of client scripting language you want to allow. Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions 2002 supports either JavaScript (the default) or Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript). You can also choose not to allow any client scripting on your virtual server.

Security settings

Use this section to specify which security settings to implement on a virtual server. You can track information about the authoring processes, require the use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security for all authoring and administration actions, or specify whether or not to allow users to store executable files on your virtual server.

  1. On the Server Administration page, under Virtual Servers, next to the virtual server you want to change, click Administration.
  2. Under Administration, click Change configuration settings.
  3. In the Enable Authoring area, select Enable authoring to allow users to post changes to the Web pages.
  4. In the Mail Settings area, type the name of the SMTP mail server to use and the from and reply-to addresses to use, and then select which type of mail encoding and which character set to use.
  5. In the Performance Tuning area, in the Tune for box, select the size of your Web site. If you want to change the default caching sizes, type new sizes in the cache boxes.
  6. In the Client Scripting area, in the Scripting language box, select the type of scripting language to allow for the server.
  7. In the Security Settings area, select the security settings that you want to require on the server.
  8. Click Submit.