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Cannot Convert Virtual Directory to Subweb Remotely

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When you try to create a subweb from a virtual directory using the FrontPage 2000 client, you get the following error message:
Server Error: You cannot convert a virtual directory into a subweb remotely. Ask your web server administrator or ISP to do this for you.
When you examine the Wecerr.txt file, you will see the following:
Server error: The folder that would hold URL '_sharedtemplates' does not exist on the server.

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This is by design for security purposes.

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Have the web server administrator create the subweb using the Administrative Tools on the server. To do this, do the following:

On Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0

  1. Click Start, and point to Programs.
  2. Point to Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack.
  3. Point to Microsoft Internet Information Server, and click Internet Service Manager.
  4. Right-click the virtual directory you would like to convert to a subweb, and on the Task menu, click Configure Server Extensions.
  5. This will start the New Web Wizard. Follow the prompts to install the extensions to the virtual directory.
  6. Click Finish.
You will now be able to open the virtual directory in the FrontPage client.


  1. Log on to the server with root access.
  2. Change directory to Usr\Local\Frontpage\Version4.0\Bin.
  3. Type ./fpsrvadm.exe.
  4. Type 15 (create a subweb), and press ENTER.
  5. Type the name of the alias to be converted into a subweb, and press ENTER.
  6. Type the IP address and port.
  7. Type in the user owning the content, and press ENTER.
  8. Type in the group owning the content, and press ENTER.

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Article Info
Article ID : 228996
Revision : 2
Created on : 2/22/2007
Published on : 2/22/2007
Exists online : False
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