Running ASP.NET Web Projects through the IIS web server

If you require your ASP.NET web project to be accessible through the web server (e.g. for your coursework or project) then your project must be stored on your I: drive

You will also need to email the Faculty Systems Team at with the exact path of your project (e.g. i:\website1) so that the Systems Team can set up an application root on the server for your project. This is the folder that your project files (including the files web.config, default.aspx etc) are in. 

Please send the email from your University email account, or ensure you include your university username in the email. 

Even if you have the project on your I: drive it will not run via the server until an application root has been created on the server for the project. You will get an error message in your browser if you attempt to access an ASP.NET web project before an application root has been created for it.

Sometimes (mainly at coursework deadlines) there are a lot of requests for application roots to be created, and you may have to wait a while for an application root to be created for your project (especially if you request one by email outside of standard term time opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm). Because of this you are advised to ensure that you do not leave it to the last minute of your coursework or project deadline to request an application root for your project, and that you allow plenty of time to check that your project works fine when ran through the ‘’ server. 

Once an application root has been created on the project for your ASP.NET project, it can be accessed via the following URL: – for a standard web project 
or – for a web service. 

As an example if user zz9999z created an ASP.NET web site in the folder I:\coursework\website, they would access their site using the following URL

If they had a web service called I:\coursework\webservice\webservice.asmx, this would be accessible via the following URL:

Note that pages hosted on the STUIIS server are only accessible from within the University network, or from the virtual desktop system.

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